Author Archive: Helena Tavares Kennedy

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Designer proteins lay foundation for engineered nano-scale circuits, sensors and filters

Designer proteins lay foundation for engineered nano-scale circuits, sensors and filters

July 14, 2019 |

In Washington, scientists at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the University of Washington School of Medicine demonstrated that artificial proteins engineered from scratch were assembled into nanorod arrays, designer filaments and honeycomb lattices on the surface of mica, demonstrating control over the way proteins interact with surfaces to form complex structures […]

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India’s Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways pushes for biofuels

India’s Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways pushes for biofuels

July 14, 2019 |

In India, at an event on Friday celebrating the launch of India’s first ethanol based motorcycle, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, spoke of how the use of biofuels, like ethanol and butanol in particular, could help India’s GDP growth and save foreign exchange, according to The Week. The Week reports that […]

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Palm and soybean oil lose a lot of ground

Palm and soybean oil lose a lot of ground

July 14, 2019 |

In Germany, UFOP reports that the vegetable oil price index of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) dropped 12 per cent over the past marketing year and is currently at a level lower than that recorded in December 2018. The FAO vegetable price index shows the changes in international prices for […]

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Indian producers investigate Philippines ethanol model during GBEP Bioenergy Week

Indian producers investigate Philippines ethanol model during GBEP Bioenergy Week

July 14, 2019 |

In the Philippines, the seventh annual Bioenergy Week of the Global Bioenergy Partnership provided an opportunity for the U.S. Grains Council to highlight how the government and private industry in the Philippines cooperate to promote ethanol to a delegation of sugar-based ethanol producers from India. While in the Philippines, the Indian delegation had side meetings […]

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Avantium CFO Frank Roerink to step down at the end of 2019

Avantium CFO Frank Roerink to step down at the end of 2019

July 14, 2019 |

In the Netherlands, Avantium’s CFO and member of the Management Board, Frank Roerink, will leave the company at the end of 2019. He will continue to fulfill his responsibilities for the remainder of the year. This allows the company to start looking for a successor. Kees Verhaar, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, said, “As Avantium […]

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NEXT signs agreement with labor union for operating renewable fuels plant

NEXT signs agreement with labor union for operating renewable fuels plant

July 14, 2019 |

In Oregon, NEXT Renewable Fuels signed a peace agreement with UFCW 555, agreeing to remain neutral in any future union organizing efforts for operating staff at their planned biofuels manufacturing plant at Port Westward in Columbia County. The agreement allows future NEXT plant workers and UFCW representatives to work together during any future organizing and […]

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Lyonsdale Biomass facility to be dismantled, looking for prospects

Lyonsdale Biomass facility to be dismantled, looking for prospects

July 14, 2019 |

In New York, the Lyonsdale Biomass energy facility will be dismantled this summer and the vacant 46-acre property will be transferred to the Lewis County Industrial Development Agency, and ReEnergy will work with the Lewis County IDA to market the site and share prospect leads, according to the Lewis County IDA press release. The 22-megawatt […]

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Green Biologics closes Minnesota butanol and acetone plant

Green Biologics closes Minnesota butanol and acetone plant

July 14, 2019 |

In Minnesota, UK-based Green Biologics Limited is winding down operations and closing the Little Falls, Minnesota plant that produces renewable butanol and acetone. Just last year, the company was working with Florida-based Kreussler on a corn-based dry cleaning solvent, as reported in NUU in June 2018, and was working on selling ingredients for a biobased […]

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Yum, yum, CO2 in my tum – NovoNutrients moves forward with CO2 to fish feed plans

Yum, yum, CO2 in my tum – NovoNutrients moves forward with CO2 to fish feed plans

July 14, 2019 |

Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day, but show him how to make fish food from CO2 and he’s got fish for a lifetime. That’s what NovoNutrients is working on to solve the huge global fishmeal supply/demand issue in the aquaculture industry. You may have seen in the Digest’s “Breaking News” […]

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NovoNutrients gets $300K from DOE program for CO2 to feed technology

NovoNutrients gets $300K from DOE program for CO2 to feed technology

July 11, 2019 |

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy announced $600,000 in federal funding for two projects that fall under the High Performance Computing for Materials (HPC4Mtls) program.  One of the projects caught The Digest’s eye in particular – California-based NovoNutrients‘ fermentation technology which utilizes energy from hydrogen to transform industrial carbon dioxide emissions into premium animal feed ingredients and […]

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