Category: Top Stories

The progamming of living things: What if you could put a brain inside a cell? 

The progamming of living things: What if you could put a brain inside a cell? 

January 22, 2018 |

Think of it. There’s the brain — with its trillion synapses, sensing, diagnosing, prescribing, responding, targeting. What if a human cell could be programmed to detect a disease, manufacture a drug and deliver it. As in no doctor, no skyrocketing drug cost, no delay, no hassle, no kidding. It would revolutionize medicine. But also, agriculture — […]

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Professor Snape and partners create magic with first Hydrothermal Carbonization plant in UK

Professor Snape and partners create magic with first Hydrothermal Carbonization plant in UK

January 21, 2018 |

Without Professor Snape in Harry Potter, there would be no Harry Potter. Without Professor Snape at University of Nottingham, perhaps there would be no Hydrothermal Carbonization in the UK? The University of Nottingham’s Professor Snape isn’t working alone and has partners that are helping magic happen in the biomass and biofuel world. In the United […]

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5 Crazy Ways to Use Algae That Turn Out to Be Not So Crazy

5 Crazy Ways to Use Algae That Turn Out to Be Not So Crazy

January 17, 2018 |

Algae chocolate, algae ink, algae protein powder, algae as a solar technology and algae as a diversification strategy for tourist economies? Algae investors and project developers may be the most inventive group of people in the world when it comes to finding new market niches for the world’s oldest living oil source, friend of the […]

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The Silver in Silva: The Story of Steeper Energy and SGF’s’s $59M advanced biofuels project in Norway

The Silver in Silva: The Story of Steeper Energy and SGF’s’s $59M advanced biofuels project in Norway

January 16, 2018 |

This week we reported that Steeper Energy is partnering with Silva Green Fuel, a Norwegian-Swedish joint venture, to construct a $59M industrial scale demonstration plant at a former pulp mill located in Tofte, Norway leading to a future commercial scale project. Let’s look at that item in more detail. Silva is a joint venture between Norway’s […]

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Affordable, green hydrogen — it is here, near, or nowhere in sight (again)?

Affordable, green hydrogen — it is here, near, or nowhere in sight (again)?

January 15, 2018 |

News arrives from Israel’s Technion Institute that they have developed a stable catalyst that can split water at extravagantly low energy-levels – and haven’t ruled out being able to split water with energy levels obtainable from the sun. Before you skip this story to check out more pulse-quickening items such as Oscar nominees or pre-Olympics […]

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Aries Clean Energy Receives $25 Million Commitment of Project Equity from Spring Lane Capital

Aries Clean Energy Receives $25 Million Commitment of Project Equity from Spring Lane Capital

January 14, 2018 |

We dreamed of the day waste projects would get the funding needed to gain ground, and that day may have finally come. One of the most remembered parts of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech is when he said “I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the […]

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The story of Red Rock Biofuels and the bond market breakthroughs

The story of Red Rock Biofuels and the bond market breakthroughs

January 11, 2018 |

In the world of drop-in military biofuels, two major updates appeared this week. In Oregon, Red Rock Biofuels got good news on Monday when the governor approved $245 million in bonds that will allow the company’s planned aviation biofuel plant thanks to overwhelming support by state level legislators and business groups. The facility set for […]

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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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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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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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