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Amyris gets Reese Witherspoon support, wool coffin for Prince Phillip, bioplastic Swatch watch, fruity H&M shoes, and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of April 15th

Amyris gets Reese Witherspoon support, wool coffin for Prince Phillip, bioplastic Swatch watch, fruity H&M shoes, and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of April 15th

April 14, 2021 |

Why yes, that is Reese Witherspoon holding up an Amyris Biossance product. Amyris got Reese Witherspoon as the latest celebrity to promote their clean beauty products. Speaking of celebrities, there are rumors that the UK Queen’s consort is looking at a very green burial for Prince Phillip with biodegradable coffin made of wool and being […]

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Avantium reaches key commercial milestone for its FDCA flagship plant

Avantium reaches key commercial milestone for its FDCA flagship plant

April 11, 2021 |

In the Netherlands, Avantium signed a conditional offtake agreement with Resilux, an international rigid plastic packaging supplier, for the supply of PEF resin from the planned Avantium FDCA flagship plant. This brings the total of such offtake contracts to five. The planned FDCA flagship plant is set to produce 5 kilotonnes of FDCA (furandicarboxylic acid) […]

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GAIL India Ltd. to invest INR 18M in LR Energy VPL biogas project

GAIL India Ltd. to invest INR 18M in LR Energy VPL biogas project

April 11, 2021 |

In India, in its first round of funding, LR Energy VPL from India raised INR 18 Million (~USD $240,000) funding from GAIL India Ltd. for its pilot project of setting up 5000 Kg per day Compressed BioGas Project under “SATAT” Scheme by Govt. of India. The Compressed BioGas will be purchased by GAIL Gas Ltd […]

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Ballard fuel cells to power CP Hydrogen Locomotive Program

Ballard fuel cells to power CP Hydrogen Locomotive Program

April 11, 2021 |

In Canada, Canadian Pacific will employ Ballard Power Systems’ fuel cell modules for CP’s Hydrogen Locomotive Program. Through its Hydrogen Locomotive Program, CP will develop North America’s first hydrogen-powered line-haul freight locomotive by retrofitting a formerly diesel-powered locomotive with Ballard hydrogen fuel cells. The fuel cells will work with battery technology to power the locomotive’s […]

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DMC & SCG execute agreement for DMC’s amino acid product line in ASEAN

DMC & SCG execute agreement for DMC’s amino acid product line in ASEAN

April 11, 2021 |

In Colorado, DMC Biotechnologies, a biobased specialty chemical company which makes products using microbial fermentation, executed an agreement with SCG Chemicals Co., Ltd to bring DMC’s L-Alanine and branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) into the ASEAN* markets. SCG was an investor in DMC’s Series A round in December 2019. Matt Lipscomb, Ph.D., CEO & Co-Founder […]

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New documentary highlights cell culture tech to grow meat, carbon capture and aquaculture

New documentary highlights cell culture tech to grow meat, carbon capture and aquaculture

April 11, 2021 |

In Washington, D.C., Gravitas Ventures, released Just Add Firewater LLC’s documentary “They Say It Can’t Be Done,” which follows four entrepreneurial companies tackling humanity’s biggest threats, including Eat JUST, Inc. which uses cell culture technology to grow meat and an Arizona State University scientist who created a synthetic tree that removes atmospheric carbon at one-thousand […]

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Canadian government to invest millions in to replace diesel-fueled buses with RNG buses

Canadian government to invest millions in to replace diesel-fueled buses with RNG buses

April 11, 2021 |

In Canada, the Governments of Canada and British Columbia are investing in RNG buses in Greater Victoria as part of a public transportation initiative through the Public Transportation Infrastructure Stream, part of the Investing in Canada Plan. A portion of the funding will be used to acquire around 15 medium-duty buses fueled with CNG or […]

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MAGIC project looks at bioenergy crops potential on unproductive arable land

MAGIC project looks at bioenergy crops potential on unproductive arable land

April 11, 2021 |

In Germany, a European project with the participation of the University of Hohenheim called “Marginal lands for Growing Industrial Crops”, MAGIC for short, aims at developing the enormous potential of around 65 million hectares of agricultural land in Europe that are hardly or not at all usable for conventional agriculture and see how bioenergy industrial […]

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Covestro acquires DSM’s Resins & Functional Materials business, adds $1.175B in revenues

Covestro acquires DSM’s Resins & Functional Materials business, adds $1.175B in revenues

April 11, 2021 |

In Germany, Covestro completed the acquisition of the Resins & Functional Materials business from the Dutch company Royal DSM. The transaction substantially expands Covestro’s portfolio of sustainable coating resins, making the Group one of the world’s leading providers in this growth market. The integration of RFM will expand the Group’s revenues by around EUR 1 […]

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Can Bacteria, Biocement, Biomason save the concrete industry?

Can Bacteria, Biocement, Biomason save the concrete industry?

April 11, 2021 |

Did you know concrete is the most consumed substance in the world, other than water? No big deal in terms of environmental impact, after all concrete is pretty “natural” right? Not so fast. Portland cement is a core ingredient in traditional concrete and the cement industry accounts for about 8% of global carbon dioxide emissions. […]

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