Category: Top Stories

Biodiesel 2017: what’s up with Earth’s favorite advanced biofuel?

Biodiesel 2017: what’s up with Earth’s favorite advanced biofuel?

January 17, 2017 |

The makers of biodiesel, America’s favorite advanced biofuel, are gathering this week in San Diego for the leading annual gathering on the future of diesel-side renewable fuels, and how the quest for energy security, domestic jobs and reduced greenhouse gas emissions is coming along. As the National Biodiesel Conference opened, NBB’s new CEO Donnell Rehagen […]

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Sugar, sugar: Toray, Mitsui set out to build monster cellulosic sugar plant in Asia

Sugar, sugar: Toray, Mitsui set out to build monster cellulosic sugar plant in Asia

January 16, 2017 |

Last week we reported that Toray Industries has teamed with Mitsui to produce cellulosic sugars from bagasse leftover from the sugar production process at Thai sugar mills. The companies will invest up to $51 million to build one of the world’s largest bagasse-based cellulosic sugar plants. Producing 1,400 tons of cellulosic sugar annually that will be used […]

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Walk This Way: NYC agrees to Run D.M.E. in new fuels trial

Walk This Way: NYC agrees to Run D.M.E. in new fuels trial

January 15, 2017 |

A generation ago, a group known as Run-D.M.C. came Straight Outta New York City with the idea that you could make it out of the underground world of hip-hop and to the world of mainstream music with chart-topping anthems that were true to their roots. After a partnership with Aerosmith resulted in the best version […]

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Corn ethanol’s emissions savings skyrocket: explosive new report

Corn ethanol’s emissions savings skyrocket: explosive new report

January 12, 2017 |

In Washington, an explosive new peer-reviewed report from ICF found that greenhouse gas emission reductions from typical corn-based ethanol production have soared to 43 percent compared to 2005-era gasoline. The report projects that by 2022, corn-based ethanol will achieve a 50 percent reduction, and could reach “76 percent in 2022 if there is more widespread adoption […]

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The bioeconomy, #1 catalyst for rural development: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA and rural development

The bioeconomy, #1 catalyst for rural development: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA and rural development

January 11, 2017 |

Outgoing Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack put it best: “The bioeconomy is a catalyst for economic development in rural America, creating new jobs and providing new markets for farmers and ranchers. Investing in the businesses and technologies that support the production of biofuels and biobased products is not only good for farm incomes. The whole economy […]

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Let’s Get it On: Avantium acquires Liquid Light 

Let’s Get it On: Avantium acquires Liquid Light 

January 10, 2017 |

In the Netherlands, Avantium has acquired the assets of Liquid Light Inc, developer of a process technology to make major chemicals from low-cost, globally-abundant carbon dioxide (CO2). The acquisition combines the technologies of both Liquid Light and Avantium to develop a world leading electro-catalysis platform and to commercialize new process technologies using CO2 as feedstock […]

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Crop Enhancement’s yield technologies, algae’s prospects lead in debut of TerraTech radio program

Crop Enhancement’s yield technologies, algae’s prospects lead in debut of TerraTech radio program

January 9, 2017 |

In Florida, TerraTech, a weekly one-hour radio program on new technologies, rising companies and personalities in the advanced bioeconomy, will debut this Wednesday, January 11th at 9am ET on VoiceAmerica’s Variety Channel. The program will debut here. The first series will continue for 13 weeks, and will be hosted by Digest editor Jim Lane and […]

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Switchcraft: Metabolix bioconverts itself into Yield10, focuses on crop yields

Switchcraft: Metabolix bioconverts itself into Yield10, focuses on crop yields

January 8, 2017 |

In Massachusetts we have had more signs of the pivoting underway in the advanced bioeconomy with the news that Metabolix is changing its name to Yield10 Bioscience and will focus on developing disruptive technologies for step-change improvements to crop yield to enhance global food security. The company is hard at work re-thinking how it talks […]

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The Clean Tech Primer 2017

The Clean Tech Primer 2017

January 5, 2017 |

In New York, Raymond James released its Clean Tech Primer 2017, arguably the most cogent and concise summary of activity and prospects across the gamut from solar power through to water technology, including all biofuels, biopower and bioindustrials. The report’s lead author, Pavel Molchanov, will be on stage at ABLC 2017 this March for an in-person […]

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Top 100 People in the Advanced Bioeconomy for 2017 Nominations open

Top 100 People in the Advanced Bioeconomy for 2017 Nominations open

January 4, 2017 |

We are making our list of the Top 100 People in Bioenergy together, but as with all Digest rankings and lists, we’d like you to participate. The nominations link is here. We’d like you to suggest as many people as you like, and in a few sentences explain why you think they are amazing, important, […]

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