Category: Top Stories

Oh my! Dan’s back: AgCertain Industries acquires KemX Global

Oh my! Dan’s back: AgCertain Industries acquires KemX Global

July 1, 2019 |

For some time, many have been uncertain as to what direction former REG CEO Dan Oh would take in developing a new entry into the fast-growing bioeconomy, but now we can be certain, or rather, AgCertain. News has filtered out of Iowa that Oh’s new company, AgCertain Industries has acquired KemX Global. AgCertain is now […]

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Food security gets a boost: Calysta gets $30M from BP for protein-based animal feed from natural gas

Food security gets a boost: Calysta gets $30M from BP for protein-based animal feed from natural gas

June 30, 2019 |

From Menlo Park, California comes big news that alternative protein producer Calysta got a hefty $30 million investment from BP Ventures to support a worldwide rollout of Calysta’s FeedKind protein. Touted as a huge step forward in global food security, Calysta’s sustainable single-cell protein is produced through a proprietary, commercially-validated gas fermentation process using naturally […]

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The Competitive Edge: Carbiolice

The Competitive Edge: Carbiolice

June 27, 2019 |

Q: What was the reason for founding your organization – what was the open niche you saw that could be addressed with a new product or service? What was the problem, or gap, or opportunity? Carbiolice is a joint-venture established in 2016 that is based on the shared and complementary ambitions of Carbios, a green […]

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Enerkem co-founder Vincent Chornet dies at 45

Enerkem co-founder Vincent Chornet dies at 45

June 27, 2019 |

In Canada, Enerkem announced the death of co-founder and long-time CEO Vincent Chornet following a prolonged illness. He was 45. The company noted, “faithful to himself, he fought this terrible disease with the passion and determination that we know him for. He has been active even in the last moments, exchanging emails last week with […]

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Letter from Route 12 and the Pacific Northwest: from waste streams, a bioeconomy rising

Letter from Route 12 and the Pacific Northwest: from waste streams, a bioeconomy rising

June 26, 2019 |

In Washington state, there’s a new mill near the city of Dayton that is the first to use waste straw to make pulp for paper products, and biopolymers; and, a new project near Granger turning dairy waste into pipeline-quality renewable natural gas; also, a proposed project for Cosmopolis using sulfite pulp waste liquor to make […]

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Letter from Europe: The Bioeconomy’s Journey to Yes through the Valley of No

Letter from Europe: The Bioeconomy’s Journey to Yes through the Valley of No

June 24, 2019 |

In Europe this past week we’ve had European Commission’s own and massive EU Sustainability Week, the ART Fuels Forum, and the Paris Air Show, and if you were trying to get anywhere quickly along the Paris-Brussels corridor, it was a tough 7 days. It’s easy to describe the atmosphere as “electric” since much of the […]

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SAF taking off in Brazil with Boeing, RSB, WWF collaboration

SAF taking off in Brazil with Boeing, RSB, WWF collaboration

June 22, 2019 |

Boeing announced a big bucks $1 million investment into the Brazilian bioeconomy, working with WWF and RSB. But these three amigos aren’t big cowboy movie stars from the silent era, but like the comedic Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, and Martin Short, these three powerhouses realize that working together gets a heck of a lot more done than working […]

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The Competitive Edge: Mercurius Biorefining

The Competitive Edge: Mercurius Biorefining

June 20, 2019 |

Q: What was the reason for founding your organization – what was the open niche you saw that could be addressed with a new product or service? What was the problem, or gap, or opportunity? Mercurius Biorefining, Inc. was established to produce profitable drop-in fuel (Diesel and Jet Fuel) from nonfood biomass feedstocks. Mercurius is […]

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Hemp product of the year, BASF’s sun protection, saving kiwi with algae, biodegradable polyester fashion, renewable surfactants, and more: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of June 19th

Hemp product of the year, BASF’s sun protection, saving kiwi with algae, biodegradable polyester fashion, renewable surfactants, and more: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of June 19th

June 19, 2019 |

As summer gets hotter, bioeconomy inventions and changes are getting hotter too. Here are the top innovations for the week of June 19th – from hemp face cream and hemp protein powder to saving the kiwifruit industry from a devastating bacteria outbreak with algae. In today’s Digest, hemp product of the year, BASF’s sun protection, […]

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If rice is nice, rice trash is cash: Gevo, Praj working to convert rice straw to products

If rice is nice, rice trash is cash: Gevo, Praj working to convert rice straw to products

June 18, 2019 |

In our three-part series this month on utilizing waste resources, we’ll turn to rice straw, which is a major headache for Chinese and Indian emissions. Praj and Gevo are working hard on perfecting a technology to address this. Specifically, in the past month, Gevo also executed an agreement with Praj to develop jet fuel and […]

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