Category: Top Stories

Enviral licenses Clariant’s sunliquid technology for commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol project in Slovakia

Enviral licenses Clariant’s sunliquid technology for commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol project in Slovakia

September 19, 2017 |

In Slovakia, Enviral has acquired a license to use Clariant’s sunliquid technology as part of its goal to realize a full scale commercial cellulosic ethanol plant for the commercial production of cellulosic ethanol from agricultural residues. The new plant will be owned and operated by Enviral and is planned to be integrated into the existing […]

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Geneva Aéroport: We’re going with aviation biofuels, so there.

Geneva Aéroport: We’re going with aviation biofuels, so there.

September 18, 2017 |

In Switzerland, Geneva Airport has partnered with Neste to introduce sustainable and renewable jet fuel for aircraft operations, with a target of at least one percent of the annual jet fuel consumption starting late 2018. This collaboration marks Geneva’s transition into the implementation phase of the Carbon War Room/SkyNRG-initiated project. CWR and SkyNRG first brought […]

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Deere and Cargill say “Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto” –  Artificial intelligence infiltrating agriculture and farming

Deere and Cargill say “Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto” – Artificial intelligence infiltrating agriculture and farming

September 16, 2017 |

While the 1983 Styx song “Mr. Roboto” led us to imagine robots roaming the planet at some far-off time in the future, that time might be here. Artificial intelligence seems to be everywhere nowadays and not just in high tech labs, science centers, or nerdy dark basements. They are now in our agriculture industry and […]

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Psst! The latest bioeconomy flashes from Bayer, Gingko, BioAmber, Joule, TerraVia, Corbion, Phytelligence, DNA Script

Psst! The latest bioeconomy flashes from Bayer, Gingko, BioAmber, Joule, TerraVia, Corbion, Phytelligence, DNA Script

September 14, 2017 |

While we’ve been busy fleeing Hurricane Irma, it’s been a busy week for the techies running the Digest’s Very Large Gossip Array —  the airwaves have been crackling as some familiar faces re-surface. Let’s review. Bayer, Ginkgo’s $100 Million  Baby News just arrived from Germany that Bayer and Ginkgo Bioworks will create a new company […]

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Are high ethanol blends going to be essential, and mandatory, for super high fuel-efficient engines?

Are high ethanol blends going to be essential, and mandatory, for super high fuel-efficient engines?

September 13, 2017 |

For every ethanol blend everywhere these days, there seems to be a war on. A war in India over 22% blends. A war in Brazil over exactly what baseline blend ratio (somewhere int he 20s) is ideal. A war on in Europe to roll back first-gen ethanol to around 2% blending. A war in New […]

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7 Days from Seed to Harvest: Cellana, and the rise of algae in a world seeking more, faster, better

7 Days from Seed to Harvest: Cellana, and the rise of algae in a world seeking more, faster, better

September 12, 2017 |

It’s been around for millions of years, algae. Why now? A combination of pressing human need, and scientific advancement — these two drivers are working not always on the same timeline, but roughly so. Algae’s arriving because a 9 billion global population is arriving by 2050, and the developing world is shifting to more protein […]

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Bounding Maine: Top 10 companies targeting Maine’s forest resource for higher-value apps

Bounding Maine: Top 10 companies targeting Maine’s forest resource for higher-value apps

September 11, 2017 |

Maine is the Pine Tree state and yet in recent years the industries surrounding the noble pine have been in all kinds of distress, as readers have fled newspapers and magazines for digital reading. Now, Maine’s hardwoods have been in demand. The market for maple, yellow birch, and white ash hardwoods has been strong. The […]

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Hot Spots: Top 5 Places to Watch in Florida

Hot Spots: Top 5 Places to Watch in Florida

September 9, 2017 |

  With Hurricane Irma viciously plowing through Florida, the Digest takes a look at advanced bioeconomy innovators and companies in the Sunshine State that isn’t getting much sunshine right now. Florida is a hot state, in more ways than one, and we cover the Top 5 hottest Florida spots that hopefully remain intact or recover […]

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Crossing the Valley of NLACM with alcohol-to-hydrocarbon technology

Crossing the Valley of NLACM with alcohol-to-hydrocarbon technology

September 7, 2017 |

There’s one crossing worse than the Valley of Death and that is the Valley of NLACM. Although it sounds more like a goose trying to say “You’ll like him” — it’s the Natural Law of Alternative Commodity Markets, and it’s the biggest single impediment, globally, retarding the advance of renewable transport fuels as a world-scale […]

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Plastic Stretches Towards the New: Top 10 Trendlines in Bioplastics

Plastic Stretches Towards the New: Top 10 Trendlines in Bioplastics

September 6, 2017 |

The Plant Bottle has generated so much goodwill and publicity for its 30% renewable, sustainable content (and that biobased MEG) that it’s easy to forget that there are several paths being chased to 100% renewable clear plastic bottles by numerous partners, and there are a wide swath of plastics where renewables can play a role. […]

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