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ARPA-E launches $100M Open Solicitation for Transformative Energy Projects

ARPA-E launches $100M Open Solicitation for Transformative Energy Projects

December 14, 2017 |

In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy announced up to $100 million in funding for new projects as part of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s (ARPA‑E) latest OPEN funding opportunity. OPEN will support America’s top innovators through dozens of early-stage research and development projects as they build technologies to transform the nation’s energy system. “The Department […]

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Creative financing mechanisms: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to structures for bioeconomy and power projects

Creative financing mechanisms: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to structures for bioeconomy and power projects

December 14, 2017 |

Bottom line, if you’re in the business of financing a renewable fuels project with a loan guarantee in the mix, you’re probably talking with some combination of New Energy Risk, Stern Brothers, Faegre Baker Daniels partner John Kirkwood or Kilpatrick Townsend partner Mark Riedy. They’ve been part of the go-to team for more projects than there […]

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Ginkgo’s insane $275M venture haul says it loud: Digital Biology is here

Ginkgo’s insane $275M venture haul says it loud: Digital Biology is here

December 14, 2017 |

Last week we shared with you a framework for a rising technology wave — we called it Digital Biology, the convergence of digital and biological technology waves that is changing genetics from an artisan’s niche into a branch of information technology. More evidence of the power of the Digital Biology wave arrives this week with […]

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Of Esters and Investors: The story of Prairie Catalytic’s leap to scale

Of Esters and Investors: The story of Prairie Catalytic’s leap to scale

December 13, 2017 |

On November 29, 2017, Prairie Catalytic, a subsidiary of Greenyug, closed on the sale of project bonds to finance its first commercial production facility to develop a 50,000 metric tons per year urethane grade ethyl acetate production facility that is located adjacent to the Archer-Daniels-Midland Company  ethanol production facility in the City of Columbus, Platte […]

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Challenges in Renewable Finance: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide to Funding Bioeconomy projects

Challenges in Renewable Finance: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide to Funding Bioeconomy projects

December 13, 2017 |

Bottom line, if you’re in the business of financing a renewable fuels project with a loan guarantee in the mix, you’re probably talking with some combination of New Energy Risk, Stern Brothers, Faegre Baker Daniels partner John Kirkwood or Kilpatrick Townsend partner Mark Riedy. They’ve been part of the go-to team for more projects than there […]

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DOE launches Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium Directed Funding Opportunity

DOE launches Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium Directed Funding Opportunity

December 12, 2017 |

In Washington, news arrived that the Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium (FCIC) is overseeing a Directed Funding Opportunity (DFO) call. Interested industrial and academic partners wanting to collaborate with research experts and leverage unique technology capabilities at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s national laboratories are encouraged to apply. Lignocellulosic biorefineries’ development and operation have suffered from […]

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The 12: The Advanced Bioeconomy’s 12 Biggest Talking, Fretting, Praying and Action Points right now

The 12: The Advanced Bioeconomy’s 12 Biggest Talking, Fretting, Praying and Action Points right now

December 12, 2017 |

  As ABLC’s storied 2 for 1 offer comes to a close this week, we look at the top themes that Delegates will be coming to Washington to explore, debate, negotiate, argue, pray for, fear, delight in and generally obsess over. Yep, the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference — which convenes in Washington, DC on February […]

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As ships risk “Unseaworthy” rating, warns IMO, bioenergy is a key to saving them

As ships risk “Unseaworthy” rating, warns IMO, bioenergy is a key to saving them

December 11, 2017 |

By Ron Cascone, Principal, Nexant, Inc. Special to The Digest Reuters reported on November 16, 2017 an International Maritime Organization (IMO) declaration that ships not meeting stack sulfur emission limits through reductions in the sulfur content of their fuel or by installing scrubbers risk being declared “unseaworthy”. Ship owners and refiners are in a quandary […]

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Fish, wildlife & bioenergy: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable impacts on fish and wildlife habitats

Fish, wildlife & bioenergy: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable impacts on fish and wildlife habitats

December 11, 2017 |

The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies is working with bioenergy industries and leaders to assist them in the sustainable development of bioenergy that includes our fish and wildlife resources, in the quest towards sustainable bioenergy to meet our nation’s needs for energy independence and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions while also preserving our nation’s […]

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I Don’t Like Losses, Sport: The invention of bioeconomy risk insurance and Fulcrum BioEnergy’s leap to scale

I Don’t Like Losses, Sport: The invention of bioeconomy risk insurance and Fulcrum BioEnergy’s leap to scale

December 11, 2017 |

We have news you can use today on the subject of the most powerful, inevitable, fearsome, mysterious, taboo, and untouchable four-letter word in the advanced bioeconomy lexicon. Risk. The problem of Investor risk is ridiculously easy to understand and ridiculously hard to solve. If you think back to your own 401(k) or IRA for a […]

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