Category: Top Stories

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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The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of August 2nd: waste plastics for fuels and sneakers, eggs without the chicken, 3D printing, algae-based ketchup packaging, green funerals, biodegradable grills

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of August 2nd: waste plastics for fuels and sneakers, eggs without the chicken, 3D printing, algae-based ketchup packaging, green funerals, biodegradable grills

August 1, 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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Carbon Capture, Solar Fuels, Fossil Bubble

Carbon Capture, Solar Fuels, Fossil Bubble

July 31, 2018 |

In Spain, BIOCON-CO2, a new €7 million EU Horizon 2020-funded research project, has recently kicked-off with intentions of supporting EU leadership in carbon dioxide (CO2) re-use technologies. BIOCON-CO2 aims to re-use excess CO2 produced from the iron, steel, cement and electric power industries to create value-added chemicals and plastics. This will be achieved by developing […]

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The 40 Hottest Transformative Technologies in the Bioeconomy: Nominations open

The 40 Hottest Transformative Technologies in the Bioeconomy: Nominations open

July 30, 2018 |

Who will be #1? who will get your vote?  In Florida, The Digest announced the official opening of nominations for the 40 Hottest Transformative Technologies in the Advanced Bioeconomy. Nominate your favorite technologies here. Labs, here’s your chance to shine Whether the development is at a commercial company, academic lab, private or national lab, a […]

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“There’s no place like home” grown sorghum

“There’s no place like home” grown sorghum

July 29, 2018 |

Sorghum sights are set high with EPA approval and recent genetic improvements The next time they re-make the Wizard of Oz movie, you might just see sorghum growing in the fields along the yellow brick road, thanks to sorghum’s big win last week when the U.S. EPA opened up pathways for sorghum oil to become […]

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The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of July 27th

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of July 27th

July 26, 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 […]

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When Markets Misbehave, Send the Marines! (World governments get a case of bioeconomy interventionitis)

When Markets Misbehave, Send the Marines! (World governments get a case of bioeconomy interventionitis)

July 25, 2018 |

The European Court of Justice has ruled that organisms altered via genome editing are GMOs and subject to GMO regulation in Europe, including warning labels for foods.   And in the US, President Trump announced $12 billion in relief for farmers impacted by the Administration’s trade policies in a move that was sharply criticized by […]

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$200 oil in 2020? The impending energy crisis and biofuels’ role in relieving the refining capacity crunch

$200 oil in 2020? The impending energy crisis and biofuels’ role in relieving the refining capacity crunch

July 24, 2018 |

“The global economy likely faces an economic crash of horrible proportions in 2020, not for want of a nail but want of low-sulfur diesel fuel,” writes renowned energy analyst Phil Verleger in a note this month titled “$200 Crude, the Economic Crisis of 2020, and Policies to Prevent Catastrophe”. Not good timing for a White House […]

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Biofuels: a straightforward fix for US farmers’ tariff exposure to China?

Biofuels: a straightforward fix for US farmers’ tariff exposure to China?

July 23, 2018 |

This is the first of a two-part series in which we look at strategic shifts in global commodity prices and policies that could dramatically impact the outlook for biofuels, In this part, we look at grain markets and the em,erging US-China trade war. As most know by now, the US and China have fired opening […]

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Biofuels are rockin’ the boat in maritime sector

Biofuels are rockin’ the boat in maritime sector

July 22, 2018 |

Companies that rock the boat often end up leading the way for others. While some companies have paved the way for road transportation and others reached high in the sky for aviation, there are some big boats out there that are also looking for alternative renewable fuels. Here are some companies that are answering the […]

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