Category: Top Stories

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of April 25th, 2018

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of April 25th, 2018

April 23, 2018 |

The pace of invention and change is just too strong, we’ve realized, to highlight annual or even quarterly or monthly rankings and summaries of significant product and service advances. For now, we’re going to be tracking these on a weekly basis to keep pace with the changes. Here are the top innovations for the week […]

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Tapping biogas for the renewable hydrogen that we really, really need

Tapping biogas for the renewable hydrogen that we really, really need

April 23, 2018 |

I don’t suppose that anyone actually dreams of hydrogen, but in the bio-economy there just isn’t quite enough of it and we read about it and sometimes think about it so much that we might as well be dreaming about it. For those newer to the field, one of the problems of using biomass to […]

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Making it to Market – Global Bioenergies and SkyNRG team up to make it happen

Making it to Market – Global Bioenergies and SkyNRG team up to make it happen

April 22, 2018 |

In France, Global Bioenergies and Amsterdam-based SkyNRG are collaborating on ASTM-certification of a bio-isobutene feedstock and conversion process for the production of sustainable aviation fuel. You may know Global Bioenergies for their breakthrough process converting renewable resources into isobutene, and SkyNRG as a global leader in sustainable aviation fuel, but this new collaboration is quite […]

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Bill Gates and CowTech: Fix or replace our friends in the pasture?

Bill Gates and CowTech: Fix or replace our friends in the pasture?

April 19, 2018 |

We think the world is entitled to know if Bill Gates is for the cow or against the cow. Add or Modify? Cow-lovers can take heart in this report from TheWeek.com about the Bill Gates Super Cow, which begins: BBC reported Friday that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will invest millions of dollars to […]

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The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of April 18th, 2018

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of April 18th, 2018

April 18, 2018 |

The pace of invention and change is just too strong, we’ve realized, to highlight annual or even quarterly or monthly rankings and summaries of significant product and service advances. For now, we’re going to be tracking these on a weekly basis to keep pace with the changes. Here are the top innovations for the week […]

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Shell releases Energy Transition Report: commits to 50% lower emissions by 2050, biofuels to top oil by 2100 in “Sky” scenario  

Shell releases Energy Transition Report: commits to 50% lower emissions by 2050, biofuels to top oil by 2100 in “Sky” scenario  

April 17, 2018 |

In the Netherlands and England, Shell released its most definitive statement yet on its low-carbon future and committed to 50% lower emissions by 2050 and net zero by 2070 in its operations and emissions from its fuels.  The road, to Shell, is apparently paved with good intentions. In its analysis of future energy demand, Shell […]

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The $20 Million Carbon XPRIZE: The 10 Finalists, revealed

The $20 Million Carbon XPRIZE: The 10 Finalists, revealed

April 16, 2018 |

In New York, XPRIZE announced the 10 teams advancing to the final round in the $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE.  The 10 finalists, each taking home an equal share of a $5 million milestone prize, were revealed at Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s Future of Energy Summit in New York City. This four-and-a-half-year global competition challenges […]

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Commonwealth countries get knocked down, but get up again

Commonwealth countries get knocked down, but get up again

April 15, 2018 |

With 195 countries on the planet today, an impressive 53 countries are Commonwealth countries, including countries in Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Pacific. They include large, rich countries like Canada and Australia all the way to some of the smallest or poorest countries like Malawi and Sierra Leone. They are all meeting this […]

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Fortunately, Unfortunately: The Spring Saga of American Ethanol

Fortunately, Unfortunately: The Spring Saga of American Ethanol

April 12, 2018 |

The ethanol signals from Washington DC are more inexplicably mixed than cocktails with names like Sex on the Beach. Let’s parse through the wigwagging over the future of American biofuels supply and demand — ethanol and otherwise. Fortunately: Trump backs year-round E15 ethanol blends In Washington, President Trump endorsed year-round E15 ethanol availability as an […]

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“Brexit is the impetus to reinvigorate”: The advanced bioeconomy, resilience, and a new role for the Commonwealth?

“Brexit is the impetus to reinvigorate”: The advanced bioeconomy, resilience, and a new role for the Commonwealth?

April 11, 2018 |

“Brexit serves as an impetus to reinvigorate the Commonwealth,” Commonwealth head and Maltese Prime Minister Dr. Joseph Muscat told the delegates at the Commonwealth Innovation Forum in Brisbane. Highlights of the discussion will be fed into the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting dialogue later this month. Blockchain, gene editing and protein CHOGM delegates will hear […]

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