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Top 10 Lessons Learned commercializing advanced biotechnologies, Part 2

Top 10 Lessons Learned commercializing advanced biotechnologies, Part 2

July 6, 2015 |

By Mark Warner, P.E, Founder, Warner Advisors Special to The Digest In part one of the three-part series of Top Ten Lessons Learned, we reviewed process development topics. In this second segment, we will explore process design and deployment. PART 2 – PROCESS DESIGN AND DEPLOYMENT Facility Design – Understanding fit for purpose Without a doubt, […]

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Top 10 Lessons Learned commercializing advanced biotechnologies

Top 10 Lessons Learned commercializing advanced biotechnologies

July 3, 2015 |

By Mark Warner, P.E, Founder, Warner Advisors Special to The Digest Spending half a billion dollars placing steel in the ground to commercialize advanced biotechnologies for fuels, chemicals and food applications, is the easy part. Doing it successfully is the hard part – but I have been fortunate to lead many successful projects over the last […]

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RIP Cobalt Technologies or…How Commercializing Butanol Technology is Like Riding the Tour de France

RIP Cobalt Technologies or…How Commercializing Butanol Technology is Like Riding the Tour de France

June 24, 2015 |

By Sam Nejame & James Evangelow, special to The Digest Sad to say Cobalt Technologies is dead – no really they’re dead – it’s not just double secret probation anymore. Although you’d almost not even know it given how quiet the company’s been over the last few years. And after the venture guys cleared out […]

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How political pressure is building to combat urban air pollution – and creating an opportunity for cellulosic ethanol

How political pressure is building to combat urban air pollution – and creating an opportunity for cellulosic ethanol

June 17, 2015 |

The Digest speaks with Sebastian Soederberg, Novozymes’ VP for Biomass Conversion, on how the emotional issue of city smog is creating an opening for cellulosic ethanol, even with currently low oil prices. Q: Sebastian, how do you see political pressures shifting, and why is it important? S: There are an impressive number of developments happening this […]

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Top 10 “Things to Do” While Waiting on the USDA 9003 Solicitation

Top 10 “Things to Do” While Waiting on the USDA 9003 Solicitation

June 15, 2015 |

By Cynthia Thyfault, CEO, Westar Trade Resources, special to The Digest The biobased products and fuels industry has been anxiously waiting for the new USDA Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program. Authorized in the 2014 Farm Bill and with the addition of new categories for renewable chemicals and biobased products, there are […]

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An Amazon.com for Bioenergy Supply Chain Logistics

An Amazon.com for Bioenergy Supply Chain Logistics

June 14, 2015 |

What can renewable fuels learn from Amazon.com? Turns out, a lot. By Bill Levy, CEO, Pacific Ag, special to The Digest In a few days the US Department of Energy will convene the best and brightest in the biomass industry to Washington, D.C. to continue work on an update to its “Billion Ton Biomass” study […]

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Shatter the Blend Wall with High Performance Bio-gasoline

Shatter the Blend Wall with High Performance Bio-gasoline

June 14, 2015 |

By David Gogerty and Ronan Rocle, Global Bioenergies, special to The Digest In March, when the inaugural ‘AgSummit’ was held in Des Moines, it was more than just tires that were spinning their wheels in the mud of the spring thaws. The ethanol industry, after a period of government inaction and perceived blend wall issues, didn’t […]

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Ethanol and Butanol: Symbiotic Partners for a Modern Fuel

Ethanol and Butanol: Symbiotic Partners for a Modern Fuel

June 11, 2015 |

By Bill Brandon and Richard Ezike, PhD, special to The Digest The debate touting butanol over ethanol as a ‘better’ fuel component has gone on for quite some time in biofuel circles. Those who support butanol point to three key factors: • Butanol has a higher fuel density; • Butanol can be blended at a 1.6:1 […]

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MSW and the Promise of Biotechnology

MSW and the Promise of Biotechnology

June 10, 2015 |

When it comes to its progress in achieving zero waste to landfills, the United States is on a par with Slovenia and the Czech Republic.  By James L. Stewart. This article originally appeared in MSW Management and is republished by permission. On average, the top eight countries in Europe for landfill diversion (Germany, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, […]

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Thought Leadership: Top Talent Wants More than Just a Job

Thought Leadership: Top Talent Wants More than Just a Job

June 6, 2015 |

By Mike Knauf, CEO, Rivertop Renewables, special to The Digest If you’re like me, you know that your ability to compete in the bio-based economy is driven by two factors – capital and people. And while we’ve all been stressed a bit by access to capital in the past few years, I think it’s safe […]

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