Category: Top Stories

Andeavor’s petroleum refinery switch-over to renewables, in the heart of Bakken shale: what are the drivers?

Andeavor’s petroleum refinery switch-over to renewables, in the heart of Bakken shale: what are the drivers?

August 14, 2018 |

News arrived this week from Dickinson, North Dakota that Andeavor is proposing to switch its refinery there over from petroleum refining to the production of renewable diesel.The timing will be 2020, the feedstock is waste and crop-based oils, the capacity will be 12,000 barrels a day (183 million gallons per year), and the technology is Haldor […]

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Lego’s biobased bricks; Vertoro’s green crude oil; nitogen-fixing microbes for corn; diapers from food waste; 3D imaging; Apeel’s $70M: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of August 15th

Lego’s biobased bricks; Vertoro’s green crude oil; nitogen-fixing microbes for corn; diapers from food waste; 3D imaging; Apeel’s $70M: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of August 15th

August 13, 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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The advanced bioeconomy’s second technology wave: a sneak preview of ABLC Global

The advanced bioeconomy’s second technology wave: a sneak preview of ABLC Global

August 13, 2018 |

We’re just a few days out from ABLC Global’s 2 for 1 deadline. Time to give some perspective on what we’re driving at. The Rationale It’s all about our continuing mission to boldly go where no event has gone before — specifically, to bring the whole of the bioeconomy’s leadership to be in one place […]

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From food waste to biobased

From food waste to biobased

August 11, 2018 |

“Eat everything on your plate.” “You can’t leave the table until that plate is clean.” “You know, there are starving kids that would love to have that food on your plate.” Maybe you grew up hearing that many times. Maybe you snuck some of those yucky veggies to your dog. Maybe you even remember the […]

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Edible cutlery, organic burial, spider silk for football helmets & hearing aids, bellybutton bacteria, Elon Musk biobased surfboards: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of August 8th

Edible cutlery, organic burial, spider silk for football helmets & hearing aids, bellybutton bacteria, Elon Musk biobased surfboards: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of August 8th

August 9, 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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Oil’s relentless price climb brings advanced biofuels back in vogue

Oil’s relentless price climb brings advanced biofuels back in vogue

August 9, 2018 |

For several years now we have seen a significant number of players pivoting from biofuels towards smaller but higher-value markets in chemicals, nutrition,  nutraceuticals, pharma, materials, flavorings, fragrances, cosmetics and more. We’ve reported on the proliferation of applications both in the Digest and in What’s Nuu? and indeed there’s been so much that’s Nuu, it’s […]

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Cannabis, canola, solids, hog fuel, wheat: what’s new with food and feedstocks?

Cannabis, canola, solids, hog fuel, wheat: what’s new with food and feedstocks?

August 7, 2018 |

We eat it, we wear it, we burn it, we glue it, we live in it and more. Feedstock that is — crops and residues of the municipal, industrial, agricultural and forest type. We’ve been reporting all the innovations in making new stuff from this old stuff. But who’s doing what to make old stuff […]

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A factory no bigger than a molecule, now producing fuels, chemicals and materials

A factory no bigger than a molecule, now producing fuels, chemicals and materials

August 6, 2018 |

A team from Switzerland has come up with a black box the size of a molecule, and inside that box they can generate the precursors for fuels, pesticides and face creams with astonishing yields and simplicity. Specifically, they are making compounds that within the 50,000-molecule group known as terpenes — and if you’ve smelled a […]

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Plastics proliferation transitioning to bioplastics boost

Plastics proliferation transitioning to bioplastics boost

August 5, 2018 |

IHS Markit published a plastics report saying that the market value for biodegradable polymers exceeds $1 billion and will rise sharply by 2023 thanks to increased plastic regulations and bans in Western Europe. But it’s not just Europe that we are seeing bans on plastic. Multinational companies like Kraft, Starbucks, McDonalds, Marriott, Disney and more […]

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The Top 10 advances in renewable butanol: what’s speeding up, where are the slow-downs?

The Top 10 advances in renewable butanol: what’s speeding up, where are the slow-downs?

August 2, 2018 |

From Portugal comes the news that SilicoLife was awarded with a SME instrument phase 1 grant for the commercial evaluation of its BUTANOVA technology, a new biological process to produce n-butanol. BUTANOVA technology consists on a novel and proprietary metabolic pathway designed computationally by SilicoLife and implemented and experimentally validated in collaboration with University of […]

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