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From advanced algae to VMAX: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Synthetic Genomics

From advanced algae to VMAX: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Synthetic Genomics

July 16, 2017 |

Last month, at the annual BIO convention, ExxonMobil and Synthetic Genomics announced a breakthrough in joint research into advanced biofuels involving the improvement of the Nannochloropsis gaditana algae strain. Currently at proof of concept scale, at the productivity rates seen under lab conditions, the strain could produce up to 1600 gallons per acre per year of […]

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Pongamia’s Potentates: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to TerViva

Pongamia’s Potentates: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to TerViva

July 13, 2017 |

TerViva was founded to “solve the imbalanced equation of a shrinking arable land base and a rising demand for food, fuel and fertilizer. The technology is based on proprietary advancements in agronomy and the genetics of pongamia, a leguminous tree species that produces 8x higher oil yield per acre than soybeans on underused agricultural lands stressed from […]

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Calyxt files for $109M IPO: The Digest’s 5-Minute Version

Calyxt files for $109M IPO: The Digest’s 5-Minute Version

July 13, 2017 |

A technology unlocking value in agriculture through accelerated breeding comes to the public markets. No time to read the 101,000 words on the complete IPO filing? Here’s our 5-minute version, with a translation of the risks into English. In Minnesota, Calyxt has filed an S-1 registration statement for a proposed $109 million initial public offering.  The […]

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Spirulina on steroids: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Lumen Bioscience

Spirulina on steroids: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Lumen Bioscience

July 12, 2017 |

Almost brand-new, the company has developed proprietary technology to genetically engineer Arthrospira sp. (Spirulina), and has built strains of Spirulina that synthesize high value products. Of late, the company has been working on the design, construction and operation of a large scale bioreactor system (up to 10,000 L per production unit) optimized for growth of […]

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Energy Department to industry: Here’s $8M, now (puleez!) innovate down the cost of algae

Energy Department to industry: Here’s $8M, now (puleez!) innovate down the cost of algae

July 12, 2017 |

In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy, through the Bioenergy Technologies Office, announced the selection of three projects to receive up to $8 million, aimed at reducing the costs of producing algal biofuels and bioproducts. These projects will deliver high-impact tools and techniques for increasing the productivity of algae organisms and cultures. They will also […]

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Transport & Energy Drivers: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to DOE’s Sustainable Transportation programs

Transport & Energy Drivers: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to DOE’s Sustainable Transportation programs

July 11, 2017 |

In Washington, the DOE Bioeconomy 2017 conference kicked off this week with a keynote from Reuben Sarkar, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy — looking at the Bioenergy Technologies Office, ChemCatBio, the Agile BioFoundry, the Vehicle Technologies Office and the entire sustainable transportation strategy and drivers. Here is Sarkar’s most recent slide […]

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New Life for INEOS Bio plant: Alliance Bio-Products wins US OK for cellulosic ethanol re-fit

New Life for INEOS Bio plant: Alliance Bio-Products wins US OK for cellulosic ethanol re-fit

July 11, 2017 |

In Florida, Alliance Bio-Products reports receiving approval from the USDA Office of Rural Development for the collateral purchase of the 8 million gallon cellulosic ethanol plant originally built by INEOS New Planet Energy JV, and operated intermittently between 2012 and 2015 as INEOS sought to stabilize and demonstrate the technology, hoping to build a chain of […]

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Make Lenders Love Your Construction Contract

Make Lenders Love Your Construction Contract

July 10, 2017 |

By Charles G. Loos, P.E., Special to The Digest By the time a developer seeks non-recourse financing for a biomass project, the contracts for construction and major equipment procurement have usually been pre-negotiated and are on hold awaiting notice to proceed.   Prospective lenders then scour these contracts for defects, paying particular attention to inconsistencies between […]

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Indian Oil’s landmark project for fuels+, from refinery waste CO2: The partner? It’s LanzaTech

Indian Oil’s landmark project for fuels+, from refinery waste CO2: The partner? It’s LanzaTech

July 10, 2017 |

In Turkey, at the World Petroleum Congress, India’s flagship national oil company Indian Oil Corporation and carbon recycler LanzaTech unveiled a Statement of Intent to construct the world’s first refinery off gas-to-bioethanol production facility in India. The basic engineering for the 40 million liter per year demonstration plant will begin by Q4 for installation at […]

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Becoming a Carbon Superhero: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech

Becoming a Carbon Superhero: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech

July 10, 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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