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Begone, ye olde nylon! Novel technology appears for affordable, sustainable Nylon 2.0

Begone, ye olde nylon! Novel technology appears for affordable, sustainable Nylon 2.0

February 11, 2016 |

Users of car parts, plastic wheels, synthetic rope, fibers, shoes, guitar strings and a host of other everyday applications may be unexpectedly joining the biobased revolution soon, now that engineers at Iowa State University have combined a genetically engineered strain of yeast and an electrocatalyst to affordably convert sugar into a new type of nylon. […]

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Mitsui invests $25M in BioAmber JV; raises stake, will “play a stronger role”

Mitsui invests $25M in BioAmber JV; raises stake, will “play a stronger role”

February 11, 2016 |

In Canada, Mitsui has invested an additional CDN$25 million in the BioAmber joint venture for 10% of the equity, increasing its stake from 30% to 40%. Mitsui will also play a stronger role in the commercialization of bio-succinic acid produced in Sarnia, providing dedicated resources alongside BioAmber’s commercial team. BioAmber will maintain a 60% controlling […]

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Renewable chemicals, disruptive cost: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to BioAmber

Renewable chemicals, disruptive cost: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to BioAmber

February 11, 2016 |

From the company’s IPO Prospectus: “Our proprietary technology platform combines industrial biotechnology, an innovative purification process and chemical catalysis to convert renewable feedstocks into chemicals that are cost-competitive replacements for petroleum-derived chemicals. The development of our current organism was originally funded by the DOE in the late 1990s, was further developed and scaled up, and optimized at […]

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Digest Bioeconomy Index sheds 3.17 percent to 44.94 as ethanol equities are hit hard

Digest Bioeconomy Index sheds 3.17 percent to 44.94 as ethanol equities are hit hard

February 11, 2016 |

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, shed 3.17 percent to 44.94 as ethanol equities were hit hard amidst broad market gloom. For the day, Green Plains (GPRE) fell 13.66 percent to $12.96, while Aemetis (AMTX) dumped 10.29 percent to $1.57. Among other equities, The Andersons (ANDE) plunged 10.88 percent […]

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Section 9003’s Success Helps Insure More Capital for Biorefineries

Section 9003’s Success Helps Insure More Capital for Biorefineries

February 10, 2016 |

By Brent Erickson, Executive Vice President, Biotechnology Industry Organization USDA’s Section 9003 Program created by the comprehensive Farm Bill has successfully helped fund construction of biofuel biorefineries over the past six years and it is now expanding to launch renewable chemical facilities as well. Like other USDA programs, this loan guarantee enables manufacturers to access […]

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Gasoline is 30% dirtier than 10 years ago: new UCS report

Gasoline is 30% dirtier than 10 years ago: new UCS report

February 10, 2016 |

It’s not your Dad’s gasoline. In fact, it’s worse, says the Union of Concerned Scientists in a new report. But the good news is that alternatives, by contrast, are getting cleaner. In Washington, the Union of Concerned Scientists reports that the gas pumped by American motorists is 30 percent dirtier to extract and refine than […]

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Digest Bioeconomy Index sheds 0.88 percent to 46.41 as large caps wilt

Digest Bioeconomy Index sheds 0.88 percent to 46.41 as large caps wilt

February 10, 2016 |

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, shed 0.88 percent to 46.41 as large caps wilted.  For the day, Green Plains (GPRE) fell 6.54 percent to $15.01, while Monsanto (MON) dumped 6.54 percent to $87.58. Among other equities, The Andersons (ANDE) declined 3.82 percent to $26.94. Overall, declines led advances […]

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Crude or Crud: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to oil, renewables emissions

Crude or Crud: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to oil, renewables emissions

February 10, 2016 |

The Union of Concerned Scientists reports that the gas pumped by American motorists is 30 percent dirtier to extract and refine than it was just ten years ago, according to an analysis released just now by UCS. Here’s a slide deck with the key stats from the report, which can be accessed in full here.

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A new, renewable, drop-in, waste-based fuel emerges, competitive with $30 oil

A new, renewable, drop-in, waste-based fuel emerges, competitive with $30 oil

February 9, 2016 |

Out of the EU comes a biogasoline blendstock made from waste residues in a novel process that promises to radically slash the cost of bioconversion. The Digest reports. In Germany and Portugal, a new drop-in biofuels process has emerged which is cost competitive with $30 oil, according to the inventors. The process breaks even with […]

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Drop-in renewable fuels, competitive with $30 oil: The Digest’s 20-Slide Guide to the Correia process

Drop-in renewable fuels, competitive with $30 oil: The Digest’s 20-Slide Guide to the Correia process

February 9, 2016 |

In Germany and Portugal, a new drop-in biofuels process has emerged which is cost compettive with $30 oil, according to the inventors. The process breaks even with crude oil, on an 10-year amortized basis for capex, at roughly $20.30 per barrel of crude oil (assuming refining costs of $8.66 per barrel). The documentation of the […]

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