Category: Top Stories

The $40 carbon tax is dead as a doornail, and here’s why

The $40 carbon tax is dead as a doornail, and here’s why

February 12, 2017 |

This past week, a group headed by former Secretaries of State George Shultz and Jim Baker proposed dramatically to introduce a $40 per ton carbon tax in order to address the rising threat from global warming. The good news is that the proposal comes at the onset of a Republican Administration and comes from former […]

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The Zambezi 5: AkzoNobel, Chemport Europe, RWE and Staatsbosbeheer plan biobased chemicals project using Avantium’s Zambezi process

The Zambezi 5: AkzoNobel, Chemport Europe, RWE and Staatsbosbeheer plan biobased chemicals project using Avantium’s Zambezi process

February 9, 2017 |

In the Netherlands, Avantium, AkzoNobel, Chemport Europe, RWE and Staatsbosbeheer have established a partnership for the development of a reference plant at the Chemie Park Delfzijl. The new project will be based on the Zambezi process that has been developed by Avantium. Zambezi. What’s that, exactly? Let’s explore. The Zambezi process The Zambezi process aims for a […]

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Algae and the Spirit of Aloha

Algae and the Spirit of Aloha

February 8, 2017 |

If you’ve been to Hawaii, you’ve heard the greeting Aloha, and perhaps someone told you the word is used in greeting, departure, and also in expressing love. But you might not know that Aloha goes a little deeper in the old Hawaiian teaching: When food is needed I will take only my need and explain […]

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ENVIA Energy’s GTL plant is underway, produces first biofuels

ENVIA Energy’s GTL plant is underway, produces first biofuels

February 7, 2017 |

In Oklahoma, the team behind the ENVIA Energy gas-to-liquids plant confirmed that the first Fischer-Tropsch product has been successfully produced at the company’s first commercial-scale plant in Oklahoma City. What makes it special is that the source is landfill gas and waste biomass. It’s been used for some times for the CNG vehicle market — […]

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Imagine, with us!: AkzoNobel issues an innovation challenge to the advanced bioceconomy

Imagine, with us!: AkzoNobel issues an innovation challenge to the advanced bioceconomy

February 6, 2017 |

AkzoNobel is launching Imagine Chemistry, an exciting opportunity to partner with start-up firms, students, research groups and career scientists from across the world to jointly exploit the knowledge of chemistry and solve several real-life chemistry-related challenges. “Imagine Chemistry is just the latest example of the commitment of AkzoNobel to fostering innovation, and also to doing […]

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Avalon’s bid to replace carcinogenic formaldehyde

Avalon’s bid to replace carcinogenic formaldehyde

February 5, 2017 |

In Switzerland, Avalon Industries has launched a research project to replace formaldehyde in phenol-formaldehyde resins with a bio-based, non-toxic platform chemical 5-HMF, The R&D partner is the Institute for Materials and Wood Technology at the Bern University of Applied Sciences. The research project, ‘Development of a formaldehyde-free phenol type adhesive system for the manufacturing of […]

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Fracking biomass: Steeper Energy and the pursuit of renewable hydrocarbons

Fracking biomass: Steeper Energy and the pursuit of renewable hydrocarbons

February 2, 2017 |

Donald Rumsfeld said it best: There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don’t know we don’t know. And if one looks […]

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Notes from the Circular Economy Front Lines: A fast company and its slow-release fertilizer

Notes from the Circular Economy Front Lines: A fast company and its slow-release fertilizer

February 1, 2017 |

There’s a new and fascinating way to improve plant yield and farmer income, and it’s high technology in service of a very ancient idea — in this case, “slow and steady wins the race” — applied in this case to controlled-release fertilizer. The company is called Anuvia Plant Nutrients and it has built a small […]

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Flame On: Green Biologics heats up, acquires GreenFlame and heads for market expansion

Flame On: Green Biologics heats up, acquires GreenFlame and heads for market expansion

January 31, 2017 |

You know, GreenFlame just sounds like a character out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – a cross between the Green Lantern and the Fantastic Four. And it sets up nicely for a catchphrase for the entire advanced bioeconomy: In brightest day… in blackest night, no use of Oil shall escape my sight! Let those who worship […]

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The Top 100 People in the Advanced Bioeconomy 2017

The Top 100 People in the Advanced Bioeconomy 2017

January 30, 2017 |

The “Top 100 People in the Advanced Bioeconomy” for 2017 as nominated and voted by the readers of The Digest and the publication’s editorial board. For comparison purposes, the The Top People for 2016 rankings are here.

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