Category: Thought Leadership

New and improved routes to Low Carbon Fuels, Chemicals and Materials: Re-Thinking the Global Bioeconomy

New and improved routes to Low Carbon Fuels, Chemicals and Materials: Re-Thinking the Global Bioeconomy

October 17, 2018 |

By Tammy Klein, Douglas Faulkner and Gerard J. Ostheimer, Ph.D. Special to The Digest The development of the global bioeconomy has made great leaps and strides over the past 10 years, but it has also had its fair share of stops and starts. Despite numerous technological advances, a witch’s brew of policy issues emerged (and […]

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Canadian Marijuana Legalization Day – Can Pot Save Synthetic Biology From the Next Biotechnology Crater?

Canadian Marijuana Legalization Day – Can Pot Save Synthetic Biology From the Next Biotechnology Crater?

October 16, 2018 |

By Sam Nejame Special to The Digest This Wednesday, October 17th, is Canadian Marijuana Legalization Day. For the first time Canadians will be able to legally buy pot for recreational use countrywide. Edibles, which are harder to regulate, will come later. From a Synthetic Biology perspective, it’s the infused edibles and drinks that are most […]

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Federal Funding Opportunities for Each of the Nine Technology Readiness Levels: Part 1, TRLs 1-3

Federal Funding Opportunities for Each of the Nine Technology Readiness Levels: Part 1, TRLs 1-3

October 15, 2018 |

By CJ Evans, Member, Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc. Special to The Digest Many promising ideas, concepts, and innovationsthat could improve, add to, and make game-changing breakthroughs in energy, sustainability, and the bioeconomy – and create new jobs, bring economic growth to U.S. communities, and catapult the U.S. into a global lead in innovation – wind […]

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Help Wanted: Job Interview for High Octane & Low Carbon 

Help Wanted: Job Interview for High Octane & Low Carbon 

October 10, 2018 |

By Doug Durante, Clean Fuels Development Coalition and Doug Sombke, South Dakota Farmers Union Special to The Digest Without question while the modern ethanol industry was built on legislation that provided incentives, market assurance, and other tools, the shift to the regulatory side of the equation has been a painful, foot dragging exercise that has resulted […]

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It’s Past Midnight: Do You Know Where Funds for Your Farm Bill Energy Title Programs Stand?

It’s Past Midnight: Do You Know Where Funds for Your Farm Bill Energy Title Programs Stand?

October 9, 2018 |

By Brent Erickson, Executive Vice President, Industrial & Environnmental Section, Biotechnology Innovation Organization Special to The Digest On September 30th, the 2018 Farm Bill officially expired. And while both chambers of Congress passed their respective bills, the final version of the legislation that supports the agricultural sector in the U.S. is still being negotiated between […]

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Getting the Most out of Technoeconomic Analyses

Getting the Most out of Technoeconomic Analyses

October 8, 2018 |

By Daniel A. Lane, Ph.D., Member, Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc. Special to The Digest At its most basic level, technoeconomic analysis or assessment (TEA) is a cost-benefit comparison tool used to evaluate the commercial viability of a process.  While many companies are quite familiar with this tool, a number of startups often forgo TEAs of […]

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Expanded Technology Readiness Level (TRL) Definitions for the Bioeconomy

Expanded Technology Readiness Level (TRL) Definitions for the Bioeconomy

October 1, 2018 |

By Dave Humbird, Ph.D., Member, Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc. Special to The Digest For new technologies in the bioeconomy (and in the chemical process industry more broadly), the putative path to commercialization is some form of: lab, pilot, demonstration, commercial. The Technology Readiness Level (TRL) scale is often proposed to track this progression, effectively ranking […]

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Bioeconomy Project Financing & Due Diligence

Bioeconomy Project Financing & Due Diligence

September 25, 2018 |

By Wayne Lee, CEO, Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc. and Martin Wahl, Director of Marketing, Lee Enterprise Consulting, Inc. Special to The Digest Last fall, the experts at Lee Enterprises Consulting published a series of articles entitled Financing Bioeconomy Ventures[1]. At a high level, this previous series covered pro formas, business plans, strategic analysis, market assessment, engineering design, […]

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Driving Decarbonization: How California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard Is Helping the Environment While Saving Lives and Growing the Biobased Economy

Driving Decarbonization: How California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard Is Helping the Environment While Saving Lives and Growing the Biobased Economy

September 12, 2018 |

By Bryan Sherbacow, Chief Commercial Officer, World Energy Special to The Digest As 2018 has made all too clear, climate change is real and it’s impacting all of our lives. July 2018 was the hottest month ever recorded in California. We have dealt with the state’s largest wildfire this summer, just one year after the […]

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Recycling Plastics & Circular Economy

Recycling Plastics & Circular Economy

August 27, 2018 |

By Dr. Kapil Shyam Lokare Special to The Digest  Recently, Neste, the world’s leading producer of renewable diesel, UK-based chemical recycling company ReNew ELP, and Australian technology developer Licella (Cat-HTR™ process) joined forces in a development project to explore the potential of using mixed waste plastic as a raw material for fuels, chemicals, and new plastics. […]

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