Category: Top Stories

Of Impossibles and Whoppers: Notes from the Planet Synthetica

Of Impossibles and Whoppers: Notes from the Planet Synthetica

June 3, 2019 |

There’s been a stream of good news and bad news on the “made in a lab” front in recent weeks. First, the amazing news that Impossible Foods raised a $300 million in its Series E round was led by existing investors Temasek and Horizons Ventures. The fifth equity funding round since Impossible Foods was launched in […]

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EPA finalizes rule to allow year-round E15

EPA finalizes rule to allow year-round E15

June 2, 2019 |

              This summer, driving with E15 will now be possible thanks to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s final rule to allow year-round E15 via a waiver of the Reid Vapor Pressure rules that have limited E15 to only 8 months of the year. Like Olaf, we sometimes closed our […]

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Biomass-based 3D printing, renewable solvents, fermentation-based CBD, coffee waste upcycling, algae-based ink, limestone paper and more: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of May 31st

Biomass-based 3D printing, renewable solvents, fermentation-based CBD, coffee waste upcycling, algae-based ink, limestone paper and more: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of May 31st

May 30, 2019 |

As we wrap up the last day of the month of May, the pace of bioeconomy invention and change continues at a frenetic pace. Here are the top innovations for the week of May 31st In today’s Digest, biomass-based 3D printing, renewable solvents, fermentation-based CBD, coffee waste upcycling, algae-based ink, limestone paper — these and […]

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ABLC NEXT 2019 announced – 100 speakers, 18 distinctive summits, forums and events on the global advanced bioeconomy

ABLC NEXT 2019 announced – 100 speakers, 18 distinctive summits, forums and events on the global advanced bioeconomy

May 30, 2019 |

In Florida, The Digest announced that the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference on Next-Gen Technologies and Markets (ABLC NEXT 2019) will be held October 30-November 1st, 2019 at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco, and outlined the agenda, themes and announced a first wave of event speakers. ABLC NEXT will feature the NEXT 40 onstage — […]

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Oil, biomass, carbon – the value story and a look through the lens of price

Oil, biomass, carbon – the value story and a look through the lens of price

May 29, 2019 |

History shows that where ethics and economics come in conflict, victory is always with economics. Vested interests have never been known to have willingly divested themselves unless there was sufficient force to compel them. B. R. Ambedkar Scarcity is the basic human problem — we have limited resources to expend on the unlimited desires of […]

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Giving credit where credit is due…Certifications and the bioeconomy

Giving credit where credit is due…Certifications and the bioeconomy

May 28, 2019 |

How do you know a company is telling the truth about their sustainability claims? How do you know that biofuel X really achieves an 80% GHG emissions savings over fossil fuels? How do you know they aren’t telling “Big Little Lies” like on HBO’s show with stars Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley spinning […]

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KLM, SkyNRG and SHV Energy greenlight the world’s largest stand-alone sustainable aviation fuels project

KLM, SkyNRG and SHV Energy greenlight the world’s largest stand-alone sustainable aviation fuels project

May 27, 2019 |

From the Netherlands comes news that, SkyNRG will develop Europe’s first dedicated plant for the production of SAF in Delfzijl. KLM has committed to a 10-year, 75,000 tonne per year aviation fuels order for 10 years. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and SHV Energy (a global leader in LPG distribution) will also invest in the facility and […]

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Plant robot, wheat bran and food waste coffins, lyocell car seats, 3D biobased dwelling, milk protein films, and more: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of May 23rd

Plant robot, wheat bran and food waste coffins, lyocell car seats, 3D biobased dwelling, milk protein films, and more: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of May 23rd

May 23, 2019 |

The pace of bioeconomy invention and change continues at a frenetic pace. Here are the top innovations for the week of May 23rd In today’s Digest, plant robot, wheat bran and food waste coffins, lyocell car seats, 3D biobased dwelling, milk protein films — these and more, ready for you now at The Digest online. […]

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Food, water, energy: an eternal golden braid of value and sustainability

Food, water, energy: an eternal golden braid of value and sustainability

May 21, 2019 |

Jonathan Trent, late of the OMEGA algae projects, has authored a column on the topic of “putting existing technologies into ecosystems, to increase food productivity and profitability, while conserving water and energy and decreasing environmental impact.” He calls this UpCycle Systems, or UCS to those who adore three-letter acronyms, referring back to the concept of […]

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Braathens Regional Airlines, Air BP, ATR and Neste collaborate to achieve the ‘Perfect Flight’

Braathens Regional Airlines, Air BP, ATR and Neste collaborate to achieve the ‘Perfect Flight’

May 19, 2019 |

In Sweden, a “perfect flight” took off. What exactly is a “perfect flight”? For some of you, it might mean wingsuit flying done by daring humans but for Neste, it’s when “Every element of the flight management process has been optimised to keep carbon emissions to a minimum.” So what made this regional flight from […]

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