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New and improved routes to Low Carbon Fuels, Chemicals and Materials: Re-Thinking the Global Bioeconomy

New and improved routes to Low Carbon Fuels, Chemicals and Materials: Re-Thinking the Global Bioeconomy

October 17, 2018 |

By Tammy Klein, Douglas Faulkner and Gerard J. Ostheimer, Ph.D. Special to The Digest The development of the global bioeconomy has made great leaps and strides over the past 10 years, but it has also had its fair share of stops and starts. Despite numerous technological advances, a witch’s brew of policy issues emerged (and […]

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The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to 26 advantaged biobased chemical platforms

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to 26 advantaged biobased chemical platforms

October 17, 2018 |

The problem: The vast number of potential chemicals and products that could be made from biomass makes prioritization of research difficult for optimizing market viability, cost competitiveness, environmental benefits, and supply chain development. The project: This CEMAC/DOE initiative studied 160 potential chemicals, and the list was pared to 26 candidates for further evaluation. The goal: To understand […]

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Landfill-to-Anything-Soon, Puleeze: in search of new energy, materials from waste

Landfill-to-Anything-Soon, Puleeze: in search of new energy, materials from waste

October 17, 2018 |

The names seem less settled than the markets or science: is it biogas, biomethane, renewable natural gas, or RNG? Whatever your preferred name, you don’t have to burn it to make it hot — methane of the kind generated from waste landfills and farm waste is on the march. And much of it propelled by […]

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Canadian Marijuana Legalization Day – Can Pot Save Synthetic Biology From the Next Biotechnology Crater?

Canadian Marijuana Legalization Day – Can Pot Save Synthetic Biology From the Next Biotechnology Crater?

October 16, 2018 |

By Sam Nejame Special to The Digest This Wednesday, October 17th, is Canadian Marijuana Legalization Day. For the first time Canadians will be able to legally buy pot for recreational use countrywide. Edibles, which are harder to regulate, will come later. From a Synthetic Biology perspective, it’s the infused edibles and drinks that are most […]

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Federal Funding Opportunities for Each of the Nine Technology Readiness Levels: Part 1, TRLs 1-3

Federal Funding Opportunities for Each of the Nine Technology Readiness Levels: Part 1, TRLs 1-3

October 15, 2018 |

By CJ Evans, Member, Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc. Special to The Digest Many promising ideas, concepts, and innovationsthat could improve, add to, and make game-changing breakthroughs in energy, sustainability, and the bioeconomy – and create new jobs, bring economic growth to U.S. communities, and catapult the U.S. into a global lead in innovation – wind […]

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Alt-Shift: as alternatives to alternatives, RNG and fuel cell tech markets come clearer, closer

Alt-Shift: as alternatives to alternatives, RNG and fuel cell tech markets come clearer, closer

October 15, 2018 |

In California, on the final day of California’s 2018 legislative session, a bill sponsored by the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas that would pave the way for a state renewable natural gas procurement program was approved by the Legislature, passing 29-10 in its reconciliation in the Senate. It’s material progress in a key market for […]

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Waste Makes Haste: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Fulcrum BioEnergy

Waste Makes Haste: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Fulcrum BioEnergy

October 13, 2018 |

Fulcrum BioEnergy has developed a “game-changing process for converting municipal solid waste that would otherwise be landfilled, into renewable transportation fuels including syncrude, jet fuel and diesel”. The company recently broke ground on its first commercial project in Nevada, and more about that here. Fulcrum’s innovative business model combines large volume MSW feedstock agreements with […]

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Dutch Treat: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Netherlands and the Bioeconomy

Dutch Treat: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Netherlands and the Bioeconomy

October 13, 2018 |

IEA Bioenergy Task 42’s goal is to contribute to the development and deployment of integrated biorefineries as part of highly efficient sustainable value chains (co-)producing food/feed ingredients, chemicals, materials, fuels, power and/or heat out of sustainably sourced biomass (wood, crops, residues, etc.) as base for a global BioEconomy. Berend Vreugdenhil of ECN gave this illuminating overview […]

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The Wonders Down Under: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Australia and the Bioeconomy

The Wonders Down Under: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Australia and the Bioeconomy

October 13, 2018 |

IEA Bioenergy Task 42’s goal is to contribute to the development and deployment of integrated biorefineries as part of highly efficient sustainable value chains (co-)producing food/feed ingredients, chemicals, materials, fuels, power and/or heat out of sustainably sourced biomass (wood, crops, residues, etc.) as base for a global BioEconomy. Geoffrey Bell of Microbiogen gave this illuminating overview […]

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The Full Enchilada: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to ChemCatBio and Catalyst, Process, Techno-economics

The Full Enchilada: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to ChemCatBio and Catalyst, Process, Techno-economics

October 13, 2018 |

ChemCatBio is a research and development consortium dedicated to identifying and overcoming catalysis challenges for biomass conversion processes. Led by U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories, we work with industry to rapidly transition R&D discoveries into commercial processes and grow the bioeconomy in the United States. Current research encompasses the following five themes: Upgrading […]

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