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The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to jet fuel from biorefinery waste

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to jet fuel from biorefinery waste

January 11, 2018 |

Back in 2016, researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities landed a National Science Foundation I-Corps grant to explore the market potential of their biojet fuel research. The team had successfully demonstrated a new, water-based process for deconstructing and recovering lignin from biomass and converting it into jet fuel-range hydrocarbons. These could be certified as jet fuel […]

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On value, and values: Fairness, the disadvantaged, and California’s renewables policy

On value, and values: Fairness, the disadvantaged, and California’s renewables policy

January 10, 2018 |

Back in the 1940s when my father and his folks lived on Garcia Avenue in San Francisco, in a part of town the upwardly mobile might refer to as Forest Hill and everyone else called West Portal, around the corner lived the San Francisco County district attorney, Edmund G. “Pat” Brown, and his young family. […]

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The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to unlocking value via California low-carbon policy

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to unlocking value via California low-carbon policy

January 10, 2018 |

In this extraordinary white paper on value and values, a team at Propel Fuels — Rob Elam, Will Faulkner, Chris LaPlante, Parker Chase look at the problem of fairness in carbon policy. They write: Through the flagship Clean Vehicle Rebate Program, Californians have received $448 million in state rebates for purchases of EVs (hybrids too), with a […]

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Last Train to Emeryville: The DigiBio value engine is leavin’ the station, are you on it?

Last Train to Emeryville: The DigiBio value engine is leavin’ the station, are you on it?

January 9, 2018 |

Tie-ins for Zymergen, Radiant Genomics, DMC, Capricorn Venture Partners, Syngenta and CHS demonstrate the firepower and scope of digital biology. Today, products made via traditional biological tools tap into easy-to-grow-in-a-lab organisms, and mostly nothin’ else. Sort of like making all the wines in the world from Merlot grapes, because the underlying manufacturing is just too easy […]

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Jet fuel from (any) bio-alcohol: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Byogy Renewables

Jet fuel from (any) bio-alcohol: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Byogy Renewables

January 9, 2018 |

Byogy has developed a catalytic platform that converts any source of ethanol, butanol, mixed alcohols, or related olefins, into full replacement, and cost competitive biofuels including gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. Byogy’s jet fuel is not an additive, but instead, a full replacement standalone fuel, and hence can be used at any blend ratio up […]

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Fiberight: A deep-dive into the trash to find the cash

Fiberight: A deep-dive into the trash to find the cash

January 8, 2018 |

This week we reported that Fiberight has secured $70 million for a municipal solid waste center that should be in operation by this May. The high-tech facility will convert 180,000 tons of trash each year from more than 100 Maine towns into biofuel at a 144,000-square-foot steel frame facility that began construction last July. We […]

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Cash out of trash: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Fiberight

Cash out of trash: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Fiberight

January 8, 2018 |

Fiberight is a privately held company founded in 2007 with current operations in Virginia, Maryland and Iowa. The company focuses on transforming post-recycled municipal solid wastes and other organic feedstocks into next generation renewable biofuels, with cellulosic ethanol and renewable compressed natural gas as core products. Pilot plant facilities began in 2008-2009. This week we […]

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Cell-free bio-discovery: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to SynVitroBio

Cell-free bio-discovery: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to SynVitroBio

January 7, 2018 |

Synvitrobio accelerates bio-discovery through cell-free systems. Synvitrobio’s Next Generation Expression platform allows for high-throughput data collection that is real and experimentally validated at speeds of simulation based approaches. A cell-free system is a mixture that contains only the functional machinery of a cell. Cell-free systems allow us to do complex biochemistry without any of the limitations of […]

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Make Haste Slowly: The story of Anellotech’s journey towards a bio-BTX breakthrough

Make Haste Slowly: The story of Anellotech’s journey towards a bio-BTX breakthrough

January 4, 2018 |

The inventor of the paperback book, italic type and scientific publishing, Aldus Manutius, had for his motto the old Latin saying Festina lente (make haste slowly), and the printer’s mark of the Renaissance’s most famous printing operation, the Aldine Press, was a dolphin and anchor which illustrated the theme. Manutius got it from Cardinal Bembo […]

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Breaking the bottleneck: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to POET-DSM cellulosic biofuels commercialization

Breaking the bottleneck: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to POET-DSM cellulosic biofuels commercialization

January 4, 2018 |

In November we reported that POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels achieved a major breakthrough in cellulosic biofuels production at its Project LIBERTY plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa. The company has solved the critical challenge in pretreatment, overcoming what has been the No. 1 hurdle to commercialization for producers around the world, according to their news release. Project LIBERTY is […]

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