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$$$ from Neste, Fulcrum, others making renewable diesel a dream come true

$$$ from Neste, Fulcrum, others making renewable diesel a dream come true

December 15, 2018 |

There is huge news for renewable diesel right now and not just with one company or one country. It’s a global ‘wahoo’ type of ‘holy cow, is this really happening’ news. The kind of news that you have to pinch yourself to make sure it’s not just a dream. But it’s real. By The Digest’s […]

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Biobased beer can rings, algae and bugs, chitin-based plastic breakthrough, gribble gut enzymes, banana-based products: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of December 14th

Biobased beer can rings, algae and bugs, chitin-based plastic breakthrough, gribble gut enzymes, banana-based products: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of December 14th

December 13, 2018 |

The pace of bioeconomy invention and change continues at a frenetic pace. Here are the top innovations for the week of December 14th. In today’s Digest, biobased beer can rings, algae and bugs, chitin-based plastic breakthrough, gribble gut enzymes, banana based products — these and more, ready for you now at The Digest online. #1 […]

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Zymergen, the Porsche 911 of the Materials Superhighway, raises $400M in monumental Series C round

Zymergen, the Porsche 911 of the Materials Superhighway, raises $400M in monumental Series C round

December 13, 2018 |

We call it the materials superhighway to suggest an awesome speed of innovation, a connection back to the genetics revolution and the information superhighway, and a focus on the new materials, chemicals, substances, and energies of the advanced bioeconomy. That superhighway may have just found its Porsche 911 — fast as lightning, stunning design and […]

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Year of the Tree, CORSIA fuels, Mabus’ remarks, a breakthrough on woody biomass?: Heard on the Floor at the CAAFI general meeting

Year of the Tree, CORSIA fuels, Mabus’ remarks, a breakthrough on woody biomass?: Heard on the Floor at the CAAFI general meeting

December 11, 2018 |

When the world’s leaders for sustainable aviation fuels have a general meeting the week before the COP24 global climate sessions (this year in Poland), you can bet that the focus will be breaking the “You Can Have Two out of Three Conundrum” of aviation fuels. Which is to say: affordable, available at scale, and sustainable, pick […]

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What’s the Buzz? Heard on the floor at the COP24, on renewable fuels and more

What’s the Buzz? Heard on the floor at the COP24, on renewable fuels and more

December 10, 2018 |

COP24 descends on Katowice, Poland. What’s the buzz, what’s the mood? The Mood “Pretty intense I’d say. Good.” notes Climate Ethanol Alliances’s James Cogan. “We’ve been in a dozen transport energy events so far.” The Message “Fortunately the IEA had their big event today, and they shouted it loud and clear..  “use bioenergy in transport […]

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COP24 brings new bioeconomy strategy from UK, $200B from World Bank and more

COP24 brings new bioeconomy strategy from UK, $200B from World Bank and more

December 9, 2018 |

Amid rumors of President Trump’s coal and fossil-fuel side event at COP24 (the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) in Poland this week and a Swedish 15 year old climate activist who tells it like it is, all hope for biofuels and bioenergy is not lost with […]

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C.J.’s back and REGI’s got her: Warner tapped as new Renewable Energy Group CEO

C.J.’s back and REGI’s got her: Warner tapped as new Renewable Energy Group CEO

December 6, 2018 |

In Iowa, white smoke has emerged from the REGI conclave: Tesoro EVP and former Sapphire Energy CEO C.J. Warner has been named chief exec of Renewable Energy Group, at a pivotal moment for biodiesel in Washington and around the world and amidst a boom for renewable diesel like the world has never seen. REG has been […]

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Renmatix, Gevo ink deal to develop cellulosic hydrocarbons for jet fuel, gasoline markets 

Renmatix, Gevo ink deal to develop cellulosic hydrocarbons for jet fuel, gasoline markets 

December 6, 2018 |

We have word bubbling up simultaneously from Pennsylvania and Colorado that Gevo and Renmatix inked a joint development agreement to evaluate the commercial feasibility of creating renewable jet fuel by integrating Renmatix’s Plantrose Process with Gevo’s GIFT technology and alcohol to jet process.  The key word here is cellulosic, but not limited to “trees to […]

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Strategic Due Diligence of Emerging Technologies for the Advanced Bioeconomy

Strategic Due Diligence of Emerging Technologies for the Advanced Bioeconomy

December 5, 2018 |

By Bob Kodrzycki, Ph.D., Principal Encompass Biotech LLC and Doug Rivers, Ph.D., Member, Lee Enterprises Consulting Inc. Special to The Digest Investing in Emerging Biotechnology The advanced bioeconomy is a hot topic these days for technology developers and investors alike. The bioecomony itself is not new; humans have been using biogenic resources and processes since the […]

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The laws of Biofuels Deployment, and TACs that Whack: Heard on the Floor at the CAAFI annual meeting

The laws of Biofuels Deployment, and TACs that Whack: Heard on the Floor at the CAAFI annual meeting

December 4, 2018 |

A most remarkable document appeared almost without fanfare at one of the most obscure corners of the Internet, known to some as “biomassboard.gov” and to most people as “Eh?” It’s the home planet for a little known working group called the Technical Advisory Committee of the Biomass R&D Board. As the committee notes: The Biomass […]

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