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Scalable, reliable, sustainable: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to NexSteppe

Scalable, reliable, sustainable: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to NexSteppe

July 20, 2017 |

NexSteppe is dedicated to pioneering the next generation of scalable, reliable, cost-effective feedstock solutions for the biofuels, biopower and biobased products industries. Using advanced breeding techniques and cutting-edge analytical technologies, NexSteppe is developing Malibu sweet sorghum, Metano Alto, Carbo Alto and Palo Alto high biomass sorghum to produce feedstocks tailored for these biobased industries. Recently, […]

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IPO market re-opens, sort of, as Calyxt raises $56M in NASDAQ offering

IPO market re-opens, sort of, as Calyxt raises $56M in NASDAQ offering

July 20, 2017 |

In Minnesota, Calyxt, the gene editing agriculture company, raised $56M and priced its NASDAQ initial public offering of 7 million shares at $8.00. The number of shares in the offering was sweetened to 7 million this week, from the original estimate of 6.06 million — and the price was substantially lower than the expected $15.00-$18.00 […]

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The Greenest Skies You’ve Ever Seen are in Seattle: Sea-Tac Airport leads on financing strategy for sustainable aviation fuels

The Greenest Skies You’ve Ever Seen are in Seattle: Sea-Tac Airport leads on financing strategy for sustainable aviation fuels

July 19, 2017 |

In Washington state, Carbon War Room and SkyNRG have joined with the Port of Seattle to announce recommendations for long-term funding mechanisms that could supply all airlines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) with sustainable aviation biofuels. The report, titled Innovative Funding for Sustainable Aviation Fuel at U.S. Airports: Explored at Seattle-Tacoma International, reveals the financial […]

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Ready for take-off: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Honeywell’s UOP and aviation biofuels

Ready for take-off: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Honeywell’s UOP and aviation biofuels

July 19, 2017 |

Honeywell’s UOP has developed a renewable jet fuel processing technology, a renewable diesel process, as well as a joint venture, Envergent Technologies, that will market technologies and equipment for generating power, transportation fuel and heating oil from biomass using pyrolysis. UOP also owns a Renewable Energy & Chemicals business that produced green diesel using its Ecofining […]

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High Added Value Renewable Polymers

High Added Value Renewable Polymers

July 18, 2017 |

By Dr. Bernard Cooker, Chemical Processing Solutions, Consultant with Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest Biomass-based green polymer and monomer projects, as reported in Chemical and Engineering News and Chemical Engineering Progress in Q1, Q2 2017 are surveyed. The focus here is on combinations of low raw material cost, commercial scale operation and high […]

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Heat Death: Joule Unlimited collapses as oil prices flag, time passes, pressure mounts

Heat Death: Joule Unlimited collapses as oil prices flag, time passes, pressure mounts

July 18, 2017 |

One of the more striking outcomes from the DOE Bioeconomy 2017 conference in Washington DC was confirmation of the demise of Joule Unlimited. “We had a lot of prospects last year,” former CEO Brian Baynes told The Digest, “but those new investor prospects walked away, particularly post election. The insiders would have been happy to […]

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Cellulosics & the Whole Bio-Barrel: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Renmatix

Cellulosics & the Whole Bio-Barrel: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Renmatix

July 18, 2017 |

Renmatix is a technology licensor that enables the production of petrochemicals from plants. The company’s water-based Plantrose process is the lowest cost method for converting a wide range of non-food biomass into cellulosic sugars, used in the global chemical and fuels markets. Renmatix CTO Fred Moesler gave this illuminating overview on the company and its […]

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ChemCatBio launches 2017 directed funding assistance opportunity

ChemCatBio launches 2017 directed funding assistance opportunity

July 17, 2017 |

In Colorado, ChemCatBio announced a new 2017 directed funding assistance opportunity. It’s an opportunity for industry and academia to engage with ChemCatBio to tackle challenges associated with these core research themes, to leverage our capabilities and expertise to overcome any process-specific obstacle, or to collaboratively generate new advanced capabilities. ChemCatBio is a research and development consortium dedicated […]

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Cost-cutting, cutting-edge: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Rennovia

Cost-cutting, cutting-edge: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Rennovia

July 17, 2017 |

Rennovia, Inc. is a chemical process technology development company focused on the creation of novel processes for the cost-advantaged production of commodity and specialty chemicals from renewable feedstocks. Rennovia is developing processes for the production of biobased glucaric acid, adipic acid, 1,6-hexanediol, hexamethylenediamine (HMD), and other important building blocks for a wide range of functional materials. […]

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In search of next-gen bioproducts and fuels, DOE invests $40M in 4 Bioenergy Research Centers

In search of next-gen bioproducts and fuels, DOE invests $40M in 4 Bioenergy Research Centers

July 17, 2017 |

In Washington, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry today announced $40 million in Department of Energy awards for the establishment of four DOE Bioenergy Research Centers (BRCs), which will provide the scientific breakthroughs for a new generation of sustainable, cost-effective bioproducts and bioenergy. The following centers were selected based on an open competition using outside peer […]

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