Tag: Proterro

On the Move in Biofuels: Proterro

On the Move in Biofuels: Proterro

September 29, 2013 |

In New Jersey, Proterro has named Timothy Cooper, Ph.D., vice president of engineering. Prior to joining Proterro, he was responsible for Eastman Chemical Company’s biotechnology effort —prior to Eastman Chemical, he was fermentation research leader at Dow AgroSciences. More on the story.

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Capturing Carbon: the role of biocatalysts and biofuels

Capturing Carbon: the role of biocatalysts and biofuels

August 6, 2013 |

Carbon capture: much talked-about, less seen. Could biocatalysts and biofuels provide the kicker needed to make this class of technologies feasible? New news and data from Akermin suggests that bio may be just the ticket. In Missouri this week, Akermin, a biocatalyst company developing technology to improve the removal of carbon dioxide from industrial gas […]

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Can electrofuels and electrosugars save the day?

Can electrofuels and electrosugars save the day?

May 24, 2013 |

Is the ultimate industrial fuel system going to be based on electricity, waste CO2 and brackish water – to return society to the days of energy abundance? It will take a mighty production microorganism, but R&D is well underway and a path is becoming clearer. In yesterday’s Digest, we explored new research at UCD that […]

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Proterro receives new US patent for its cyanobacteria

Proterro receives new US patent for its cyanobacteria

February 18, 2013 |

In New Jersey, the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued a composition of matter patent that protects Proterro’s unique engineered photosynthetic cyanobacteria and their genetic code. The issued patent is directed to the sequence and assembly of discrete genes of engineered cyanobacteria and the cyanobacteria themselves, which Proterro uses in a biosynthetic process to manufacture […]

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A Sugar Fix: Proterro, biofuels and affordable, renewable sugars

A Sugar Fix: Proterro, biofuels and affordable, renewable sugars

December 18, 2012 |

Why is making affordable renewable sugars potentially big business? Which intrepid investors have targeted biofuels’ biggest bottleneck? News has been circulating that Proterro raised $3.5 million for a demonstration-scale of their renewable sugars technology, and secured a key patent allowance for their bioreactor system and microorganism. Giving us a good opportunity to review how Proterro, […]

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Why Affordable Renewable Sugars are a Monster Prize

Why Affordable Renewable Sugars are a Monster Prize

December 18, 2012 |

“What this country needs is a good five-cent cigar”, US Vice President Thomas Marshall once remarked to the United States Senate during a long speech by Kansas Senator Joe Bristow on the subject of “what this country needs.” Today, we could use a good five-cent renewable sugar, suitable for microorganisms that, from sucrose, make affordable […]

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Making sugars, not extracting them: Proterro’s Technology

Making sugars, not extracting them: Proterro’s Technology

December 18, 2012 |

Where other companies are growing sugars via crop improvements, or extracting them, Proterro is making them via synthetic biology. Specifically, they have engineered a cyanobacteria to make sucrose (via a series of steps you can read all about here), ultimately from CO2, water, sunlight and nutrients – and secrete it into a sugarwater stream that […]

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The Digest’s Bottom Line: when will we know about Proterro?

The Digest’s Bottom Line: when will we know about Proterro?

December 18, 2012 |

In today’s Digest, we’ve looked at: • New investors flock to Proterro as all the incumbents re-up • Why Affordable Renewable Sugars are a Monster Prize• Making sugars, not extracting them: Proterro’s Technology So, when will we know if Proterro is a company and not a science project? The timing is in months, not years, in terms of […]

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Proterro lands $3.5 million in new funding

Proterro lands $3.5 million in new funding

December 18, 2012 |

In New Jersey, Proterro has landed $3.5 million in its most recent funding round to help it continue developing its technology that aims at sugar production below 5 cents per pound from cyanobacteria. Lab-scale production is currently at 10 times that of sugarcane on a per acre basis, with the expectation of eventually reaching 30 […]

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Burning Man, Burning Microbe: Biofuels beyond biomass

Burning Man, Burning Microbe: Biofuels beyond biomass

October 12, 2012 |

Can you have a biofuel without processing an intermediate biomass? Can post-biomass technologies revolutionize fuel and chemical production? Fuels and chemicals can make people mighty uneasy, when you think about them. With fossil fuels, the issues include the uneven distribution of resources and wealth, national security, price and price volatility, and carbon emissions. So along came […]

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