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Amyris’ Sweet-‘N-High: Biotech pioneer sells farnesene plant to DSM, focuses on next-gen sweetener

Amyris’ Sweet-‘N-High: Biotech pioneer sells farnesene plant to DSM, focuses on next-gen sweetener

November 20, 2017 |

The nine month and Q3 2017 results are in for Amyris, and there’s reason for the long-suffering shareholder to take some near-Christmas cheer. YTD revenue is up more than 1/3 and product revenue has more than doubled. Guidance for year-end revenues was upped. The company has found a new deep-pocketed champion in DSM. But there […]

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Microorganism Factories: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Verdezyne

Microorganism Factories: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Verdezyne

November 20, 2017 |

Verdezyne is a privately held industrial biotechnology company that is developing and commercializing novel genetically engineered microorganisms for use as “factories” to manufacture renewable chemicals. Verdezyne’s unique microorganisms permit greener, cleaner and more cost effective production of chemicals compared with traditional methods. The Company is commercializing its technology through partnerships with leading chemical manufacturers. Verdezyne […]

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Does regulating indirect land use change work? The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to ILUC reform

Does regulating indirect land use change work? The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to ILUC reform

November 17, 2017 |

University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana professor Madhu Khanna has been raising issues with including an indirect land use change factor for compliance with  low carbon fuel standards. Why, since ILUC is a required calculation for the Renewable Fuel Standard? Khanna notes that estimates of ILUC factor have varied considerably across studies and over time; plus, inclusion […]

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The Ministry of All the Talents: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the Joint BioEnergy Institute

The Ministry of All the Talents: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the Joint BioEnergy Institute

November 16, 2017 |

JBEI’s mission is to convert biomass to biofuels. The goal is to provide the nation with clean, renewable transportation fuels identical to gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. Inside JBEI’s Emeryville laboratories, researchers are using the latest tools in molecular biology, chemical engineering, computational and robotic technologies, and pioneering work in synthetic biology to transform biomass […]

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Waste Erased: Top 7 EU-based industrial advances in utilizing waste residues

Waste Erased: Top 7 EU-based industrial advances in utilizing waste residues

November 16, 2017 |

Europe pursuing biorefineries, power-gen based on advanced use of waste residues. In Europe, the race to erase industrial and municipal waste is on, and now has taken on a more serious ardor with the arrival of some new tech. For too long, ideas on dealing with waste have revolved around reduction and recycle rather than […]

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From Pollution to Products: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech

From Pollution to Products: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech

November 15, 2017 |

LanzaTech has developed a fully sustainable integrative gas to fuels and chemicals platform that has no impact on food, water security or high biodiversity land use. LanzaTech’s gas fermentation platform disrupts the current highly centralized global energy system by enabling the regional production of low-cost energy from local wastes and residues, including gases as varied […]

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$2.25 per gallon biohydrocarbon fuels, unsubsidized? Biozin licenses IH2 Technology — heads for commercial-scale in Norway

$2.25 per gallon biohydrocarbon fuels, unsubsidized? Biozin licenses IH2 Technology — heads for commercial-scale in Norway

November 15, 2017 |

In Texas, CRI/Criterion Catalyst Company has awarded an FEL-2 license agreement for the IH2 technology which converts biomass to liquid transportation fuels, to Biozin Holding. The Front End Loading (FEL-2) package will be completed for the core IH2 technology by global engineering and construction specialists KBR.  KBR is CRI’s preferred FEED engineering services provider for […]

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Is This the Crop That Saves Florida Agriculture? 

Is This the Crop That Saves Florida Agriculture? 

November 15, 2017 |

By Tom Schenk, Director, Business Development, Terviva Special to The Digest If you’ve driven through central and southern Florida over the last several years, you may have wondered why much of the land that used to grow oranges and grapefruit in central and southern Florida now sits fallow and choked with weeds? Most people are aware of […]

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A Green Take on Carbon Dioxide

A Green Take on Carbon Dioxide

November 14, 2017 |

By Sam A. Rushing, Advanced Cryogenics, Ltd. Special to The Digest It is an oxymoron to put carbon dioxide and ‘green’ (as related to the positive environmental uses) together; however, this is a growing market, and a good thought for the biofuels industry, and other major CO2 emitters. This thought represents giving hope to CO2 […]

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Synthetic microbial ecosystems producing targeted biochemicals: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Ecovia Renewables

Synthetic microbial ecosystems producing targeted biochemicals: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Ecovia Renewables

November 14, 2017 |

Inspired by the robustness and ability of natural microbial ecosystems to perform complex biochemical synthesis, Ecovia’s EcoSynth platform leverages a unique combination of know-how in microbial ecology and engineering for the design and construction of synthetic microbial ecosystems to efficiently produce target biochemical products. Ecovia is deploying its EcoSynth platform to produce new high-performance, water-retaining biopolymers. BioGel […]

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