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Clean Energy Solutions taps Viaspace as partner for Hawaii biogas project

Clean Energy Solutions taps Viaspace as partner for Hawaii biogas project

February 19, 2017 |

In California, Clean Energy Solutions has retained VIASPACE as its agriculture feedstock resource and engineering expert for renewable energy projects being pursued in Hawaii. In Hawaii, CES is working with Hawaii Gas, the state’s only franchised gas utility, to assess the use of the VIASPACE Giant King Grass to produce biogas. “Giant King Grass grows […]

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ZEVs don’t have Zero Emissions: letter

ZEVs don’t have Zero Emissions: letter

February 19, 2017 |

In an unpublished letter to the Wall Street Journal, Don Siefkes, Executive Director of the E100 Ethanol Group writes: Regarding Mike Spector’s Feb. 13 article, “Biggest Driver of Cleaner-Car Rules …,” Ms. Mary Nichols, Chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is making a huge mistake when she says the future is electric cars. […]

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The Fountain of Youth, in convenient powder form: Evolva launches Veri-te

The Fountain of Youth, in convenient powder form: Evolva launches Veri-te

February 16, 2017 |

In Switzerland, news arrived that Evolva has at long last launched Veri-te — which is the brand for its high-purity, sustainably produced resveratrol. Resvera-what? I know, Resveratrol sounds like an app for dining and travel reservations, something that American Express or Visa might have dreamed up. But if you’ve read somewhere that red wine was […]

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Makin’ hydrocarbons: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Catalytic Upgrading of Thermochemical Intermediates

Makin’ hydrocarbons: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Catalytic Upgrading of Thermochemical Intermediates

February 16, 2017 |

To demonstrate an advanced biofuels technology that integrates a catalytic biomass pyrolysis step and a hydroprocessing step to produce infrastructure compatible biofuels, here’s the basic recipe, according to a research team led by David Dayton at RTI International. You have to: 1) optimize the catalytic biomass pyrolysis process (1 ton/day) to achieve high degree of deoxygenation, while […]

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A new hydrocarbon brew: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Technical Market Analysis for Biochemical Conversion

A new hydrocarbon brew: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Technical Market Analysis for Biochemical Conversion

February 15, 2017 |

As the project team behind this presentation explains, there’s trouble right here in River City when it comes to accessing good market and technical data on making hydrocarbons from a biochemical process. Process and economic data on hydrocarbon production via bioconversion that are freely available to industry are limited. Data at industrially-relevant scales are limited because […]

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AY-YI YI-YA AAAY, Gevo just can’t stop dancin’

AY-YI YI-YA AAAY, Gevo just can’t stop dancin’

February 15, 2017 |

So, feel the bioeconomy backbeat and let the music flow. AY-YI YI-YA AAAY, Gevo just can’t stop dancin’. (Whoops, that was Becky G‘s Can’t Stop Dancin’, not Gevo’s.) But there’s something so cool in that technology that we can’t take our eyes off the company and its progress, even though looking at the balance sheet can […]

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Ionic Liquids: A Key Enabler of Biomass Processing?

Ionic Liquids: A Key Enabler of Biomass Processing?

February 14, 2017 |

By Lorenz Bauer, Ph.D., Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest     The explosion of interest in using biomass to produce chemicals and fuels has motivated a renewed search for improved methods for pretreatment that enable efficient conversion of the raw materials.   The molecules in cellulosic materials, and particularly lignocellulosic material, are intertwined and […]

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Just One Word. Plastics: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Avantium

Just One Word. Plastics: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Avantium

February 14, 2017 |

This week, we reported that bioplastics maker Avantium is planning an initial public offering and listing of all shares on Euronext Amsterdam and Euronext Brussels. The company expects to raise up to €100 million (USD$106 million) and complete the offering by the end of the current quarter. More than half of the offering has already been […]

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Avantium goes IPO: aims for €100 million in Amsterdam, Brussels Float

Avantium goes IPO: aims for €100 million in Amsterdam, Brussels Float

February 14, 2017 |

Here’s our 10-minute version of the filing, slightly re-organized to make sense to Earthlings instead of aliens from the Planet Prospectus. In the Netherlands, bioplastics maker Avantium is planning an initial public offering and listing of all shares on Euronext Amsterdam and Euronext Brussels. The company expects to raise up to €100 million (USD$106 million) […]

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Reverse Combustion and its prospects

Reverse Combustion and its prospects

February 13, 2017 |

Because burning fuels in an internal combustion engine produces CO2 and water as its byproducts, the idea of reverse combustion has been hanging around the halls of science for a long, long time. That is, recombining CO2 and water back into an energy carrier — a fuel. It’s a simple concept, but over the years […]

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