Category: Top Stories

Of Flying Peaches and Barrels of Monkeys: The quest for sustainable flight by world-scaling a neurotransmitter

Of Flying Peaches and Barrels of Monkeys: The quest for sustainable flight by world-scaling a neurotransmitter

October 8, 2018 |

The fact that you are reading this makes the case for “reasons to love carbon monoxide”, because the molecule works as a neurotransmitter (conducting signals around the nerve system) and plays a role in keeping your heart beating. So, if we have a carbon monoxide problem it is the problem of having too much of […]

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UPM’s good news bear brings completed EIA on Kotka Biorefinery and more

UPM’s good news bear brings completed EIA on Kotka Biorefinery and more

October 6, 2018 |

We all love positive news stories and when the good news bear arrives, we take notice. Good news makes your heart sing, your soul feel hopeful, and those good ole’ endorphins and dopamine receptors explode with glee. So to ward off the Monday blues, we bring you the ‘good news bear,’ brought to you by […]

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Frances Arnold wins Nobel Prize for Chemistry: Gevo, Provivi co-founder honored for directed evolution technology

Frances Arnold wins Nobel Prize for Chemistry: Gevo, Provivi co-founder honored for directed evolution technology

October 4, 2018 |

In Sweden, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2018 with one half to Frances H. Arnold,  Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry, at Caltech “for the directed evolution of enzymes” It’s essentially a technology originally known as the Staggered Extension Process, or StEP. It’s an iterative, molecular technique […]

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The world’s first commercial flight on fuel made from waste carbon gases: now, will policy get the framework right for global deployment?

The world’s first commercial flight on fuel made from waste carbon gases: now, will policy get the framework right for global deployment?

October 2, 2018 |

In Florida, Virgin Atlantic CEO Craig Kreeger, LanzaTech CEO Jennifer Holmgren, a cadre of Virgin Atlantic and LanzaTech team members, industry stakeholders and a group of pleasantly surprised transatlantic passengers have boarded a Boeing 747 for Virgin’s VS16 light to London Gatwick — in an historic first for aviation, it’s the first commercial light on […]

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New algae/fungi biofuels system, breakthru on sugar yields, biodegradable clothes, Beyond Burger’s monster GHG benefit, Indigo Ag’s $250M, robotic precision harvest: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of October 5th

New algae/fungi biofuels system, breakthru on sugar yields, biodegradable clothes, Beyond Burger’s monster GHG benefit, Indigo Ag’s $250M, robotic precision harvest: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of October 5th

October 2, 2018 |

The pace of bioeconomy invention and change continues at a frenetic pace. In today’s Digest, a new algae/fungi biofuels system, breakthru on sugar yields, biodegradable clothes, Beyond Burger’s monster GHG benefit revealed, Indigo Ag raises $250M, robotic precision harvest, biotech labs made from shipping boxes — here are the top innovations for the week of […]

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Sylvatex and its remarkable progress near the Land of Misfit Feedstocks

Sylvatex and its remarkable progress near the Land of Misfit Feedstocks

October 1, 2018 |

From California comes the happy news that Sylavatex CEO Virginia Klausmeier is expecting a new child in a couple of weeks, and that the significant scale-up taking place in that department is paired with the news that Sylvatex and Trucent have succeeded in a scale up and blending of MicroX renewable blendstock from an optimized […]

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HERO BX – Even kryptonite can’t stop the largest biodiesel producer in the Eastern U.S. from getting stronger and bigger

HERO BX – Even kryptonite can’t stop the largest biodiesel producer in the Eastern U.S. from getting stronger and bigger

September 30, 2018 |

The largest biodiesel producer in the Eastern United States is getting larger, and stronger. Lake Erie Biofuels dba HERO BX purchased the assets of a Clinton, Iowa biodiesel facility from Tenaska Commodities, LLC, an affiliate of Tenaska, Inc. The ambitious HERO BX Founder & CEO Samuel P. “Pat” Black, III, has been eyeing strategic acquisitions […]

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Thai shrimp and algae-based inks: the surprisingly tight link that you never heard of

Thai shrimp and algae-based inks: the surprisingly tight link that you never heard of

September 27, 2018 |

News arrived from Thailand that the Thai Union Feedmill Co., Ltd. will conduct a large-scale shrimp feeding trial using feed formulated with high-protein algae meal derived from Cellana’s EPA Omega-3-enriched algae biomass.   The Union Feedmill is a top producer and distributor of aquatic animal feeds for both domestic and international markets. It may have surprised […]

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Living interactive surfaces, color-changing biomaterials, California’s climate satellite; iPhones add bioplastic; hemp manufacturing, amino acids from wood  The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of September 27th

Living interactive surfaces, color-changing biomaterials, California’s climate satellite; iPhones add bioplastic; hemp manufacturing, amino acids from wood The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of September 27th

September 26, 2018 |

The pace of bioeconomy invention and change continues at a frenetic pace. Here are the top innovations for the week of September 27th. In today’s Digest, a new engineered surface with living interactive properties; motion-activated, color-changing biomaterials; California’s climate satellite; iPhones add bioplastic; hemp manufacturing; farm nutrient mapping; and making amino acids from wood — […]

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Enerkem produces a new clean, renewable alternative solution to diesel fuel for the transportation sector

Enerkem produces a new clean, renewable alternative solution to diesel fuel for the transportation sector

September 25, 2018 |

In Canada, we hear that Enerkem has tested and validated the production of fuel-grade bio-DME made from unrecoverable carbon-rich municipal solid waste. More than 1,000 hours of operations at its Innovation Centre in Westbury, Quebec have been completed.has successfully produced renewable bio-dimethyl ether (Bio-DME), a by-product of biomethanol.  The DME backstory Bio-DME offers a 20% […]

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