Author Archive: Jim Lane

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Moving into markets: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to engine/fuel transformation

Moving into markets: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to engine/fuel transformation

September 17, 2017 |

The US Department of Energy is supporting a project to identify and mitigate the challenges of moving new fuels and vehicles into markets.  Including but not limited to: facilitating new fuel standards needed for introduction into the marketplace; identifying vehicle, distribution, and infrastructure compatibility of new candidate bio-blendstocks; interacting with all market sector stakeholders for […]

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Psst! The latest bioeconomy flashes from Bayer, Gingko, BioAmber, Joule, TerraVia, Corbion, Phytelligence, DNA Script

Psst! The latest bioeconomy flashes from Bayer, Gingko, BioAmber, Joule, TerraVia, Corbion, Phytelligence, DNA Script

September 14, 2017 |

While we’ve been busy fleeing Hurricane Irma, it’s been a busy week for the techies running the Digest’s Very Large Gossip Array —  the airwaves have been crackling as some familiar faces re-surface. Let’s review. Bayer, Ginkgo’s $100 Million  Baby News just arrived from Germany that Bayer and Ginkgo Bioworks will create a new company […]

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You Wascaly Lignocellulose, deconstruct: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Hydrocarbon Fuels

You Wascaly Lignocellulose, deconstruct: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Hydrocarbon Fuels

September 14, 2017 |

The US Department of Energy is supporting a project led by Pacific Northwest National Lab to develop a new deconstruction technology to provide low ash and low impurity sugars and sugar-derived intermediates from lignocellulosic feeds for use in catalytic and biochemical conversions. As the researchers note, “catalysis and biochemical conversions of sugars and sugar-derived compounds can produce open-chain hydrocarbon […]

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Are high ethanol blends going to be essential, and mandatory, for super high fuel-efficient engines?

Are high ethanol blends going to be essential, and mandatory, for super high fuel-efficient engines?

September 13, 2017 |

For every ethanol blend everywhere these days, there seems to be a war on. A war in India over 22% blends. A war in Brazil over exactly what baseline blend ratio (somewhere int he 20s) is ideal. A war on in Europe to roll back first-gen ethanol to around 2% blending. A war in New […]

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Depolymerizing that dang lignin: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to biochemical lignin deconstruction

Depolymerizing that dang lignin: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to biochemical lignin deconstruction

September 13, 2017 |

The US Department of Energy is supporting a project to develop a biological approach to depolymerize lignin for upgrading of aromatic compounds to co-products. Lignin valorization is key for meeting the DOE’s hydrocarbon fuel cost and sustainability targets in integrated biorefineries. Principal investigators Gregg Beckham at NREL and John Gladden at Sandia National Laboratory and […]

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7 Days from Seed to Harvest: Cellana, and the rise of algae in a world seeking more, faster, better

7 Days from Seed to Harvest: Cellana, and the rise of algae in a world seeking more, faster, better

September 12, 2017 |

It’s been around for millions of years, algae. Why now? A combination of pressing human need, and scientific advancement — these two drivers are working not always on the same timeline, but roughly so. Algae’s arriving because a 9 billion global population is arriving by 2050, and the developing world is shifting to more protein […]

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Plug-and-play: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Enzyme Engineering and Optimization

Plug-and-play: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Enzyme Engineering and Optimization

September 12, 2017 |

The US Department of Energy is supporting a project led by Michael Himmell at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to develop technology to meet or exceed the target of 10 mg/g cellulose on pretreated feedstocks and feedstock blends. Attainment of this overall enzyme cost is consistent with BETO’s techno-economic evaluations for the 2022 biomass conversion […]

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Bounding Maine: Top 10 companies targeting Maine’s forest resource for higher-value apps

Bounding Maine: Top 10 companies targeting Maine’s forest resource for higher-value apps

September 11, 2017 |

Maine is the Pine Tree state and yet in recent years the industries surrounding the noble pine have been in all kinds of distress, as readers have fled newspapers and magazines for digital reading. Now, Maine’s hardwoods have been in demand. The market for maple, yellow birch, and white ash hardwoods has been strong. The […]

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Unlocking the Secrets of Fungi: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to fungal genomics and biocatalyst development

Unlocking the Secrets of Fungi: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to fungal genomics and biocatalyst development

September 11, 2017 |

The US Department of Energy is supporting a project to develop efficient and robust fungal biocatalysts and bioprocesses that utilize lignocellulose feedstocks to produce advanced biofuels and bioproducts at lower cost. Fungus — they know just about everything there is to know about robustly deconstructing biomass to capture the energy within — but what are […]

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Targeted Microbial Development: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to biological upgrading of biomass sugars

Targeted Microbial Development: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to biological upgrading of biomass sugars

September 10, 2017 |

The US Department of Energy is supporting projects to investigate and recommend promising pathways for advanced biological upgrading of biomass sugars and lignin to hydrocarbons (HC) and co-products to support the DOE BETO 2022 goal of enabling advanced HC fuels at $3/GGE. In this project, a NREL-led research team is investigating the engineering of  Zymomonasfor […]

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