Author Archive: Jim Lane

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Taming the Tasmanian Devil of Polymers: lignin, the orneriest, roughest, toughest, most un-cooperative and abundant natural polymer ever

Taming the Tasmanian Devil of Polymers: lignin, the orneriest, roughest, toughest, most un-cooperative and abundant natural polymer ever

July 11, 2018 |

In Florida this month, Ligno Tech Florida has started up a 100,000 metric tons per year lignin production plant at Fernandina Beach. The €95 million ($110 million) plant can be expanded by 50,000 metric tons. Borregaard has a 55% stake and Rayonier Advanced materials owns the rest. It’s proof positive that lignin is at last […]

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Case Studies: The Digest 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Financing Bioeconomy Projects in the US and Internationally

Case Studies: The Digest 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Financing Bioeconomy Projects in the US and Internationally

July 11, 2018 |

Bottom line, if you’re in the business of financing a renewable fuels project with a loan guarantee in the mix, you’re probably talking with some combination of New Energy Risk, Stern Brothers, Faegre Baker Daniels partner John Kirkwood or Kilpatrick Townsend partner Mark Riedy. They’ve been part of the go-to team for more projects than there […]

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How to Win the Public Policy Debate, and the Annual Government Agency Funding Battles for the Bioeconomy

How to Win the Public Policy Debate, and the Annual Government Agency Funding Battles for the Bioeconomy

July 11, 2018 |

By Craig (CJ) Evans, Managing Director, American Diversified Energy Consulting Services, Accredited Member, Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest More than almost any other industry, financing for the bioeconomy is heavily influenced by and, in many cases, reliant on favorable public policies. Everyone involved in the bioeconomy – companies, entrepreneurs, visionaries, vendors, employees, and […]

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Amyris: Same As It Never Was

Amyris: Same As It Never Was

July 11, 2018 |

Last month, Amyris and Chevron announced that Novvi and Chevron have entered into an agreement to jointly develop and bring to market novel renewable base oil technologies. Novvi is Amyris’ JV with Cosan to produce targeted hydrocarbon molecules from plant sugar for automotive, industrial, marine, and construction applications at unbeatable economics. Think lubricants for engines […]

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Biofutures: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Queensland bioeconomy

Biofutures: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Queensland bioeconomy

July 11, 2018 |

Queensland’s vision is for a $1 billion sustainable and export-oriented industrial biotechnology and bioproducts sector, attracting significant international investment and creating regional, high-value and knowledge-intensive jobs. The Biofutures Roadmap provides the leadership required to help Queensland leverage its strategic advantages and secure its share of the global bioproducts and services market – a market expected to […]

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EPA Report Misses the Mark on Biofuels Impact

EPA Report Misses the Mark on Biofuels Impact

July 11, 2018 |

By Don Scott, director of sustainability, National Biodiesel Board Special to The Digest EPA’s recently published Second Triennial Report to Congress on Biofuels and the Environment provides no meaningful conclusion on the net environmental benefits of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). What EPA’s report unfortunately does provide, however, is fodder for political pundits wishing to […]

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The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of July 11th

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of July 11th

July 10, 2018 |

The pace of invention and change is just too strong, we’ve realized, to highlight annual or even quarterly or monthly rankings and summaries of significant product and service advances. For now, we’re going to be tracking these on a weekly basis to keep pace with the changes. Here are the top innovations for the week […]

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Beyond Drop-Ins: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Performance-Advantaged Biobased Chemicals

Beyond Drop-Ins: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Performance-Advantaged Biobased Chemicals

July 9, 2018 |

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) published the summary report for its workshop on Moving Beyond Drop-In Replacements: Performance-Advantaged Biobased Chemicals, that took place on June 1, 2017, in Denver, Colorado. At this workshop, BETO gathered stakeholder input on the research and development (R&D) necessary for novel biobased compounds and functional replacements. […]

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The 10 green chemicals driving a disruptive new biobased industry

The 10 green chemicals driving a disruptive new biobased industry

July 9, 2018 |

A Petro Brexit (a/k/a, British companies exiting petroleum for the sustainable bioeconomy) : New report highlights how to ensure Britain becomes a world leader in bio-based chemicals In the UK, a recent report identifies 10 specific bio-based chemicals, in order to boost industrial growth, jobs, trade and investment in the UK. The report comes from  LBNet, […]

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Industrial Glucose: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Fluid Quip Process Technologies clean sugar technology

Industrial Glucose: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Fluid Quip Process Technologies clean sugar technology

July 9, 2018 |

For over 20 years, Fluid-Quip has been engineering and manufacturing separation equipment for corn wet milling and pulp and paper applications. Fluid-Quip Process Technologies has more recently leveraged wet milling knowledge to develop enhancements for dry-grind ethanol plants — and clean sugar technology at the forefront, or as some say, industrial glucose. Jeff Robert gave […]

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