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EU updates its Bioeconomy Strategy as stakeholders urge action

EU updates its Bioeconomy Strategy as stakeholders urge action

October 11, 2018 |

In Belgium, the EU has updated its Bioeconomy Strategy. The updated plan signals the EU’s continued commitment towards establishing itself as a world leader in renewable resource efficiency, catalysed by transformative industrial biotechnology. Europe’s leadership in this field has already significantly boosted activity, investment, technological breakthrough and interest in developing dynamic bioeconomies throughout the Member […]

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The 40 Hottest Technologies of 2018 – as voting gets underway, the nominees in depth

The 40 Hottest Technologies of 2018 – as voting gets underway, the nominees in depth

October 11, 2018 |

All through this month, Digest subscribers have been voting on the 40 Hottest Transformative Technologies in the Advanced Bioeconomy.  While the Hot 50 concentrates on organizations — this set of rankings could include a complete process, a component, subprocess, a metabolic pathway, a computational system, a sensor, a control, a high-performing organism, a protective technology, […]

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Help Wanted: Job Interview for High Octane & Low Carbon 

Help Wanted: Job Interview for High Octane & Low Carbon 

October 10, 2018 |

By Doug Durante, Clean Fuels Development Coalition and Doug Sombke, South Dakota Farmers Union Special to The Digest Without question while the modern ethanol industry was built on legislation that provided incentives, market assurance, and other tools, the shift to the regulatory side of the equation has been a painful, foot dragging exercise that has resulted […]

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Dunkin’s coffee-waste powered house, infections nixed by bioactive surfaces, Novomont’s microbeads, plant/nanocellulose hybrid, hi-rez field imagery, rescued food: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of October 10th

Dunkin’s coffee-waste powered house, infections nixed by bioactive surfaces, Novomont’s microbeads, plant/nanocellulose hybrid, hi-rez field imagery, rescued food: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of October 10th

October 10, 2018 |

The pace of bioeconomy invention and change continues at a frenetic pace. Here are the top innovations for the week of October 10th. #1 House runs on Dunkin’ – tiny home powered by Dunkin’ coffee grounds In New York, Ohio-based Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee at Home introduced a biofuel-powered home in New York City’s Madison Square […]

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Novozymes’ Yeast Beast in New Release; Innova Lift’s Yield Revealed 

Novozymes’ Yeast Beast in New Release; Innova Lift’s Yield Revealed 

October 9, 2018 |

In North Carolina, Novozymes launched its next yeast technology, Innova Lift, for the starch-based ethanol industry. The product follows the launch earlier this year of its ambitious yeast platform, Innova, and the first product, Drive.  The Need to Knows • Lift is targeted to plants with longer fermentation times, generally 57 hours or more – […]

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It’s Past Midnight: Do You Know Where Funds for Your Farm Bill Energy Title Programs Stand?

It’s Past Midnight: Do You Know Where Funds for Your Farm Bill Energy Title Programs Stand?

October 9, 2018 |

By Brent Erickson, Executive Vice President, Industrial & Environnmental Section, Biotechnology Innovation Organization Special to The Digest On September 30th, the 2018 Farm Bill officially expired. And while both chambers of Congress passed their respective bills, the final version of the legislation that supports the agricultural sector in the U.S. is still being negotiated between […]

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Of Flying Peaches and Barrels of Monkeys: The quest for sustainable flight by world-scaling a neurotransmitter

Of Flying Peaches and Barrels of Monkeys: The quest for sustainable flight by world-scaling a neurotransmitter

October 8, 2018 |

The fact that you are reading this makes the case for “reasons to love carbon monoxide”, because the molecule works as a neurotransmitter (conducting signals around the nerve system) and plays a role in keeping your heart beating. So, if we have a carbon monoxide problem it is the problem of having too much of […]

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Getting the Most out of Technoeconomic Analyses

Getting the Most out of Technoeconomic Analyses

October 8, 2018 |

By Daniel A. Lane, Ph.D., Member, Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc. Special to The Digest At its most basic level, technoeconomic analysis or assessment (TEA) is a cost-benefit comparison tool used to evaluate the commercial viability of a process.  While many companies are quite familiar with this tool, a number of startups often forgo TEAs of […]

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Scaling up biobased BTX: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Anellotech

Scaling up biobased BTX: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Anellotech

October 7, 2018 |

Founded in 2008, Anellotech has developed a clean technology platform for inexpensively producing bio-based chemicals from renewable non-food biomass. These drop-in, green versions of widely used petrochemicals; benzene, toluene and xylenes, are used to make plastics for consumer goods such as beverage bottles and packaging, clothing, carpeting, automotive parts, home and construction materials, electronic products, […]

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Sustainable intensification: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to more biomass for bioenergy without imposing iLUC

Sustainable intensification: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to more biomass for bioenergy without imposing iLUC

October 7, 2018 |

Sustainable intensification of agricultural systems in combination with biorefinery processing can produce more biomass for bioenergy without imposing iLUC. That’s the topic of this illuminating overview from Poul Erik Laerke and Uffe Jørgensen of Aarhus University Foulum, as presented at a recent IEA Bioenergy Task 43 workshop.  

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