Author Archive: Jim Lane

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New Air Stripper Technology Improves Cleaning Access and Reduces Fouling

New Air Stripper Technology Improves Cleaning Access and Reduces Fouling

September 12, 2019 |

By Dave Fischer, Vice President of Technology, QED Environmental Systems Special to The Digest Numerous volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are on federal and state lists of toxic compounds that must be removed from water before it is used or discharged into the environment. A variety of treatment technologies are available, each with its own advantages […]

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Friday Fun with Fungus: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Fungal Biotech for Biofuels

Friday Fun with Fungus: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Fungal Biotech for Biofuels

September 12, 2019 |

Noone knows fungus like these guys. A PNNL team has been developing fungal genetic engineering tools for industrially relevant fungi (filamentous and yeasts) and applying them to development of biofuel and bioproduct bioprocesses in stirred tank reactors. Jon Magnuson from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory gave this illuminating overview of PNNL’s work to engineer a Lipomyces […]

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Klobuchar surges in Bioeconomy 2020 US Presidential Poll after oil refinery waiver pledge

Klobuchar surges in Bioeconomy 2020 US Presidential Poll after oil refinery waiver pledge

September 11, 2019 |

US Senator Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota surged into 3rd place in the second Digest Bioeconomy 2020 US Presidential Poll, more than doubling her bioeconomy sector support since declaring that she would halt oil refinery waivers in her first 100 days in office. 31 refineries received hardship waivers in recent weeks, excusing compliance with Renewable Fuel […]

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Landfill, Skyfill and the opportunities, dangers within

Landfill, Skyfill and the opportunities, dangers within

September 11, 2019 |

Many have asked, why do we need mandates for renewable fuels, carbon prices, and all that. Isn’t that a government subsidy, a hand-out for politician-friendly technologies that can’t make it in the marketplace? Well, that depends, my friend, how you think about the community landfill. About landfills That gate fee at the landfill is not […]

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Contract Fermentation Update, Market Continues to Tighten

Contract Fermentation Update, Market Continues to Tighten

September 10, 2019 |

By Mark Warner, PE, Founder, Warner Advisors LLC Special to The Digest In my previous articles on the contract fermentation landscape here and capital light scale-up here, I reviewed contract fermentation organizations (CMOs) and discussed how the market was tightening. The last article was over a year ago and I thought it was worth an […]

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Come on, Camelina: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Camelina’s Potential Yield

Come on, Camelina: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Camelina’s Potential Yield

September 10, 2019 |

Camelina is one of those fascinating feedstocks but often the yields aren’t high enough to be profitable for farmers. That’s a problem Kristi Snell from Yield10 Bioscience is tackling by developing a camelina feedstock with significantly increased seed yield and/or seed oil content to maximize oil yields per acre using a genome editing technology as […]

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All About Algae: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Algal Biomass Yield Improvements

All About Algae: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Algal Biomass Yield Improvements

September 9, 2019 |

Global Algae Innovations is working on a trifecta of goals: 1) to develop improved strains and cultivation methods to increase the algal biofuel intermediate yield by at least 70% AND 2) to develop new drying and extraction technology to reduce the energy for downstream processing by at least 50% AND 3) to work in an […]

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Highest Yield, Lowest Cost: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to 2nd Gen Mixotrophy for Biochemicals

Highest Yield, Lowest Cost: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to 2nd Gen Mixotrophy for Biochemicals

September 8, 2019 |

Shawn Jones from White Dog Labs shared this as part of the of U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office presentations on second-generation mixotrophy for the highest yield and least expensive biochemical production. Check out The Digest’s slides on how this project is working on developing and demonstrating a fermentation process to produce acetone from […]

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The Competitive Edge: NSF Center for Sustainable Polymers

The Competitive Edge: NSF Center for Sustainable Polymers

September 5, 2019 |

Q: What was the reason for founding your organization – what was the open niche you saw that could be addressed with a new product or service? What was the problem, or gap, or opportunity? The Center for Sustainable Polymers (CSP) was founded to address the gap in fundamental research needed to establish a new […]

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Biotech to Biochem: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Versalis’ Chemistry from Renewables

Biotech to Biochem: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Versalis’ Chemistry from Renewables

September 5, 2019 |

Versalis, a wholly owned subsidiary of Eni, and while their history lies with traditional chemicals, they now have strategic guidelines for chemistry from renewables. Their biotech business unit is one of the ways they are integrating renewable chemicals into products like biofuels, biochemicals, bioherbicides, cosmetic products, intermediates for bioplastic and biofibers, and more. Dario Giordano, […]

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