Category: Top Stories

Chicago! Fulcrum BioEnergy picks the Midwest hub for its next MSW-to-jet fuel project

Chicago! Fulcrum BioEnergy picks the Midwest hub for its next MSW-to-jet fuel project

November 6, 2017 |

From California we received the news that Chicagoland has been selected as the site of Fulcrum BioEnergy’s second commercial-scale waste-to-fuels biorefinery. We reported last month that the long-awaited financing was completed for Fulcrum Bioenergy’s highly-anticipated first commercial project near Reno, Nevada. “Our bonds priced on the the 12th, and closed on the 27th and we […]

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Breaking the Bottleneck – POET-DSM achieves cellulosic biofuel breakthrough

Breaking the Bottleneck – POET-DSM achieves cellulosic biofuel breakthrough

November 3, 2017 |

It’s hard to believe the Digest was reporting on POET’s grand opening of its Project LIBERTY facility back in 2014, then its reaching of production goals earlier this year in April with yields of about 70 gallons of cellulosic per ton of corn stover, near its goal of 72 gallons, and now here we are […]

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DowDuPont to exit cellulosic biofuels business

DowDuPont to exit cellulosic biofuels business

November 2, 2017 |

In Delaware, DowDuPont announced that it intends to sell its cellulosic biofuels business and its first commercial project, a 30 million gallon per year cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada, Iowa. The Nevada project is still going through start-up. In an official statement, the company said: As part of DowDuPont’s intent to create a leading Specialty […]

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Are electrics a bridging technology, and hydrogen fuel cells the future?

Are electrics a bridging technology, and hydrogen fuel cells the future?

November 1, 2017 |

Are electrics the future, or a bridge to the future? Recently, Lexus’ Paul Williamsen told Australia’s CarAdvice team: “Both hybrid and EVs are merely bridging technologies on the way to the solution, which is hydrogen. The problem with EVs is a simple matter of chemistry – we won’t be able to get the charging times down. […]

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Clariant to build flagship cellulosic ethanol plant in Romania: 8-figure sales potential envisioned

Clariant to build flagship cellulosic ethanol plant in Romania: 8-figure sales potential envisioned

October 31, 2017 |

In Germany, Clariant’s board has approved investment in a new full-scale commercial plant for the production of cellulosic ethanol from agricultural residues using its sunliquid technology. The new plant, with an annual production capacity of 50.000 tons, will be built in the southwestern part of Romania. The facility will be a flagship site, confirming competitiveness […]

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Beta Renewables in cellulosic ethanol crisis, as Grupo M&G parent files for restructuring

Beta Renewables in cellulosic ethanol crisis, as Grupo M&G parent files for restructuring

October 30, 2017 |

From Italy comes an industry shocker: “Italian newspapers reported over the weekend that cellulosic ethanol developer Mossi & Ghisolfi shuts down this week,” reported a source from Europe. “227 people of whom 121 from the Crescentino ethanol refinery are to stay at home. The Crescentino operation has 60 days to present a new survival plan. […]

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Super cyanobacteria and its sidekick –  Power duo produces bioplastic faster and cheaper than ever before

Super cyanobacteria and its sidekick – Power duo produces bioplastic faster and cheaper than ever before

October 28, 2017 |

You may know cyanobacteria by some more common forms like Spirulina, but researchers at Michigan State University are combining these handy microorganisms with natural bacteria to make a 100% biologically derived and biodegradable bioplastic. Making bioplastics from bacteria isn’t anything new, but what is new is MSU scientists’ new production method which allows them to […]

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The Hot 50, 2018: Nominations open for premier Advanced Bioeconomy rankings

The Hot 50, 2018: Nominations open for premier Advanced Bioeconomy rankings

October 26, 2017 |

Who will be #1 – who will get your vote? Expanded voting options via Twitter – special Photo voting In Florida, The Digest announced the official opening of nominations for the 50 Hottest Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy. Nominate companies here. Voting Rules Voting will be open to all registered subscribers of The Digest and […]

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Special Preview: ABLC 2018 announced, agenda, speakers for 5 conferences, 13 events

Special Preview: ABLC 2018 announced, agenda, speakers for 5 conferences, 13 events

October 26, 2017 |

In Florida, The Digest announced that the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference (ABLC 2018) will be held February 28-March 2 at the Mayflower Marriott Hotel in Washington, DC, and outlined the agenda, themes and announced a first wave of event speakers. More about ABLC The event website, agenda and conference details including registration and the 2 […]

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Will the Lemonade Stand Era end in renewable fuels, sooner, later, ever?

Will the Lemonade Stand Era end in renewable fuels, sooner, later, ever?

October 25, 2017 |

A few weeks ago on the Digest’s tiny home island of Key Biscayne, we saw something along our one main boulevard not seen in quite some time: a lemonade stand operated by a trio of young kids. They weren’t selling much. Some time between this first enterprise and their next, these kids’ll learn about getting […]

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