Category: Top Stories

Amyris’ Sweet-‘N-High: Biotech pioneer sells farnesene plant to DSM, focuses on next-gen sweetener

Amyris’ Sweet-‘N-High: Biotech pioneer sells farnesene plant to DSM, focuses on next-gen sweetener

November 20, 2017 |

The nine month and Q3 2017 results are in for Amyris, and there’s reason for the long-suffering shareholder to take some near-Christmas cheer. YTD revenue is up more than 1/3 and product revenue has more than doubled. Guidance for year-end revenues was upped. The company has found a new deep-pocketed champion in DSM. But there […]

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Farm to flight – Carinata crop commercialization takes off

Farm to flight – Carinata crop commercialization takes off

November 19, 2017 |

In Australia, Qantas will operate the world’s first biofuel flight between the United States and Australia early in the new year in collaboration with World Fuel Services and Altair Fuels. Qantas’ new Dreamliner is being powered by Brassica Carinata (carinata), a non-food, industrial type of mustard seed that has been around for years but is […]

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Waste Erased: Top 7 EU-based industrial advances in utilizing waste residues

Waste Erased: Top 7 EU-based industrial advances in utilizing waste residues

November 16, 2017 |

Europe pursuing biorefineries, power-gen based on advanced use of waste residues. In Europe, the race to erase industrial and municipal waste is on, and now has taken on a more serious ardor with the arrival of some new tech. For too long, ideas on dealing with waste have revolved around reduction and recycle rather than […]

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$2.25 per gallon biohydrocarbon fuels, unsubsidized? Biozin licenses IH2 Technology — heads for commercial-scale in Norway

$2.25 per gallon biohydrocarbon fuels, unsubsidized? Biozin licenses IH2 Technology — heads for commercial-scale in Norway

November 15, 2017 |

In Texas, CRI/Criterion Catalyst Company has awarded an FEL-2 license agreement for the IH2 technology which converts biomass to liquid transportation fuels, to Biozin Holding. The Front End Loading (FEL-2) package will be completed for the core IH2 technology by global engineering and construction specialists KBR.  KBR is CRI’s preferred FEED engineering services provider for […]

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MEG(a)VENTURE: Braskem, Haldor Topsoe chase down biobased MEG in new commercial deal

MEG(a)VENTURE: Braskem, Haldor Topsoe chase down biobased MEG in new commercial deal

November 13, 2017 |

In Brazil and Denmark, Braskem and Haldor Topsoe have signed a technological cooperation agreement to develop a pioneering route to produce monoethylene glycol (MEG) from sugar. The agreement calls for the construction of a demonstration plant in Denmark, with operation slated to begin in 2019. Topsoe will deliver a packaged solution for this project with […]

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Sweet and getting sweeter: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Evolva

Sweet and getting sweeter: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Evolva

November 13, 2017 |

Evolva has been evolving. The company best-known for its stevia-based sweetener developments and had a zillion applications it was investigating, has focused down on “three highly profitable products in the near term”: stevia, nootkatone, and resveratrol. This past week, Evolva raised gross proceeds of approximately CHF 65 million from its shareholder rights offering and CHF […]

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30 Hot Cellulosic Technologies, 30 Quick Takes

30 Hot Cellulosic Technologies, 30 Quick Takes

November 13, 2017 |

Last week, DowDuPont said it was exiting the cellulosic biofuels business and you’d think that the company just burned down the warehouse with the original text of the Renewable Fuels Standard — the coverage of the announce in few cases focused on the changes in DowDuPont’s strategy in its drive to — immediately — create […]

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No Crop Left Behind: Inside the USDA’s bioeconomy feedstock strategy

No Crop Left Behind: Inside the USDA’s bioeconomy feedstock strategy

November 8, 2017 |

You might be wondering what the heck this map signifies — enthroned as it is on the website of the National Insitute of Food & Agriculture, the USDA’s primary intersection with the academic community — and also visible in an updated form at ABLC Next when USDA Energy Policy director Harry Baumes took the floor. […]

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Advanced Bioeconomy Horizons: The 5 Top R&D Trends Right Now

Advanced Bioeconomy Horizons: The 5 Top R&D Trends Right Now

November 8, 2017 |

Catalytic reaction rates, microcrystalline cellulose, cyanobacteria working in teams, vertical farming, vegan products & markets. The 5 top disruptive techs we’ve seen in recent weeks are attacking these fronts. Here’s what we see. 1. Breakthrough on (microcrystalline) cellulose costs A new source of cheap microcrystalline cellulose has been generating a lot of positive noise in […]

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9 Fly with Gevo’s Jet Fuel from O’Hare on “Fly Green Day” 

9 Fly with Gevo’s Jet Fuel from O’Hare on “Fly Green Day” 

November 8, 2017 |

In Illinois, today is Fly Green Day, sponsored by the O’Hare Fuel Committee, at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. 7 commercial airlines, plus Atlas Air and FedEx are flying out of O’Hare today on Gevo-based sustainable aviation fuel. Among them: Lufthansa, United Airlines, Etihad, Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Atlas Air — and the […]

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