Category: Top Stories

Banking on the bacterium bad guy: Sandia tailors E. coli to convert plants into renewable chemicals

Banking on the bacterium bad guy: Sandia tailors E. coli to convert plants into renewable chemicals

May 19, 2018 |

In California, Sandia National Laboratories scientists have demonstrated a new technology based on bioengineered bacteria that could make it economically feasible to produce things like jet fuel, pantyhose, and plastic bottles from renewable plant sources. Economically and efficiently converting tough plant matter, or lignin, has long been a stumbling block for wider use of the […]

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Breaking News: attack on farm bill clean energy programs

Breaking News: attack on farm bill clean energy programs

May 17, 2018 |

Breaking news arrives from the Ag Energy Coalition regarding the 2018 Farm Bill. Green Capiltol’s Lloyd Ritter writes: Rep. Biggs farm bill amendment was made in order by the Rules Committee last night to eviscerate the clean energy title programs of the farm bill.  It will be voted on as early as this afternoon. This is […]

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From the Dump to the Pump: Fulcrum BioEnergy breaks ground on landmark trash-to-jet fuel project

From the Dump to the Pump: Fulcrum BioEnergy breaks ground on landmark trash-to-jet fuel project

May 16, 2018 |

Long before the advent of renewable jet fuels, we learned about how choice works at the fuel pump from the 1980 classic The Blues Brothers: Elwood Blues: What kind of music do you usually have here? Cocktail Waitress: Oh, we got both kinds. We got Country AND Western! Yes, until recently you could have any […]

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Grassley vs Pruitt: Will Billionaire Bailouts or Biofuels prevail?

Grassley vs Pruitt: Will Billionaire Bailouts or Biofuels prevail?

May 16, 2018 |

Trump in a pickle: support his beleaguered EPA Administrator over oil refinery bailouts, or rally his Midwestern farm-state base? In Washington, Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa tweeted: “I’ve supported Pruitt but if he pushes changes to RFS that permanently cut ethanol by billions of gallons he will have broken Trump promise & he should step […]

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The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of May 17th, 2018

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of May 17th, 2018

May 16, 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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Verdezyne, Ave Atque Vale

Verdezyne, Ave Atque Vale

May 15, 2018 |

From Southern California the report has arrived that Verdezyne is winding down as a company, and today is the last day of operations. The low oil price environment has claimed another victim among the renewable chemical pure-plays. Why oil prices have doomed more chemical players than fuels In a nutshell, there’s no Renewable Chemicals Standard […]

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ICYMI: $227M available from US in push for vehicle, feedstock and bioconversion advances

ICYMI: $227M available from US in push for vehicle, feedstock and bioconversion advances

May 14, 2018 |

We usually say, ICYMIs for those In Case You Missed Its that show up in someone’s inbox.  This week, we might re-purpose that useful acronym to: In Case Your Money Isn’t Sufficient — because there are three funding opportunities that have been flying slightly under the radar this week amongst a flurry of announces from the […]

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Neste MY Renewable Diesel rockin’ it this month

Neste MY Renewable Diesel rockin’ it this month

May 12, 2018 |

Neste reaches 1B gallons renewable diesel sale, runs in fire trucks, ambulances and school vehicles In Texas, Neste U.S., Inc. is celebrating its 1 billionth gallon of Neste MY Renewable Diesel sold in North America which has effectively helped reduce more than seven million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions in the Earth’s atmosphere. This […]

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I’ll Never Find Another You: Provivi’s protecting crops by confusing pests in their search for romance

I’ll Never Find Another You: Provivi’s protecting crops by confusing pests in their search for romance

May 10, 2018 |

The single most refreshing event on the bioeconomy calendar — the MLS Capital Fund’s annual Thought Leadership meeting — has come and gone for another year and the participants have emerged from Berkeley holding their heads, sifting through the annual firehose-style high-pressure bath of bioeconomy innovation and perspective. If you see someone wandering the streets […]

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The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of May 10th, 2018

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of May 10th, 2018

May 10, 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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