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The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to the bioeconomy MEGATRENDS

The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to the bioeconomy MEGATRENDS

September 19, 2019 |

What are the MEGATRENDS? What are the forces shaping the economy, new markets, the carbon agenda, the pursuit of new products and more. The Digest’s Jim Lane gave these slides in the opening remarks at the MEGATRENDS panel at the 2019 Algae Biomass Summit in Orlando.  

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Heard on the Floor at the Algae Biomass Summit

Heard on the Floor at the Algae Biomass Summit

September 18, 2019 |

We know this about algae. They’re small, they die off quickly in great numbers, and every time you look around there’s more of them coming, there’s more diversity every day, but the pace of algae birth (think minutes) exceeds the pace of algae evolution (think millennia). Pretty much sums up the algae industry these days. […]

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A juicer that turns peels into bioplastic cups, shellfish plastic, White Dog Labs’ feed supplement, eucalyptus fiber and wool sneakers, plant starch dog toys, and more: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of September 19th

A juicer that turns peels into bioplastic cups, shellfish plastic, White Dog Labs’ feed supplement, eucalyptus fiber and wool sneakers, plant starch dog toys, and more: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of September 19th

September 18, 2019 |

It seems that plastic is in the news daily between bag bans, straw bans and even Ray-Bans. But there are companies out there tackling the plastic problem with alternatives like the new “Feel the Peel” juicer that turns orange peels into bioplastic cups by drying, milling, and mixing the peels with polylactic acid and 3D […]

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Design and Deconstruction: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Recycling and Upcycling Plastics

Design and Deconstruction: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Recycling and Upcycling Plastics

September 18, 2019 |

We all know plastics are an issue but could there be a solution with a circular carbon economy for plastics? That’s exactly what BETO is looking at with biobased designs for recyclability, reduced use, improved properties, and anaerobic digestion and composting. They are asking what can we make when we are no longer limited by […]

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Will the RFS Deal Protect Innovation and Our Planet?

Will the RFS Deal Protect Innovation and Our Planet?

September 17, 2019 |

Stephanie Batchelor, Vice President, Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) Special to The Digest As we speculate on the details and implications of the administration’s renewable fuels deal, the future of an entire green industry hangs in the balance. The debate over the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has become muddied with rhetoric about special interests and government […]

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Replacing the Barrel: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Conversion Technologies

Replacing the Barrel: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Conversion Technologies

September 17, 2019 |

Developing efficient and economical biological and chemical technologies to convert biomass feedstocks into energy-dense liquid transportation fuels, such as renewable gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel, as well as bioproducts, chemical intermediates, and biopower is the primary goal of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Conversion R&D team. As part of the 2019 BETO Peer Review, Program […]

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Joules for Schools: Middlebury College leads trend towards renewable natural gas on the campus

Joules for Schools: Middlebury College leads trend towards renewable natural gas on the campus

September 16, 2019 |

In Vermont, representatives from Vanguard Renewables, Middlebury College, Vermont Gas, Goodrich Farm, and the State of Vermont were on hand the other day to celebrate the official groundbreaking for the largest anaerobic digester east of the Mississippi, with Middlebury will be the primary consumer of the RNG produced at the dairy farm. But the students […]

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Use it or Lose it: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Waste Carbon Utilization

Use it or Lose it: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Waste Carbon Utilization

September 16, 2019 |

CO2 is one of those things you love to hate, but it’s there and it’s not going away, so if we don’t find a way to use it, isn’t it a missed opportunity? As part of the 2019 BETO Peer Review, Ian Rowe from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office gave this illuminating […]

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Pick up the PACE: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Algae for Coproducts and Energy

Pick up the PACE: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Algae for Coproducts and Energy

September 15, 2019 |

PACE – Producing Algae for Coproducts and Energy, has several project goals including increasing algal biomass productivity to >25 grams dry weight per meter squared per day using robust engineered algal strains to reduce costs. So how do we get these high value, high market algal coproducts? Matthew Posewitz from the Colorado School of Mines […]

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Warding off armyworm, wiping without worry, banana fiber sanitary napkins, mango bioplastics, wearable fermentation-based protein jacket and more: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of September 13th

Warding off armyworm, wiping without worry, banana fiber sanitary napkins, mango bioplastics, wearable fermentation-based protein jacket and more: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of September 13th

September 12, 2019 |

Not only is it Friday the 13th, it’s also a full moon tonight. But don’t worry, this week’s Top 10 innovations will scare all the boogies away, starting with Provivi’s new fall armyworm pheromone now produced at ton scale that will ward off those nasty armyworm pests that damage corn, rice, sorghum, cotton, sugarcane and […]

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