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Bio-beds for the Olympics, Bolt Threads boost, microbes, leather alternatives, and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of July 15th

Bio-beds for the Olympics, Bolt Threads boost, microbes, leather alternatives, and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of July 15th

July 14, 2021 |

With the Olympics starting next week, we are hearing about biobased innovations taking place in this much anticipated and COVID-disrupted Olympic Games in Japan, like the 18,000 cardboard bedframes and polyethylene fiber mattresses that can be recycled infinitely. Bolt Threads also got a boost this week with Lululemon partnering up with them or mushroom-based yoga […]

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Brightmark breaks ground on three dairy biomethane RNG projects in Michigan

Brightmark breaks ground on three dairy biomethane RNG projects in Michigan

July 11, 2021 |

In Michigan, waste solutions provider, Brightmark, broke ground on three renewable natural gas projects using anaerobic digestion at dairy farms. The projects are owned by and will be operated through subsidiaries of Brightmark RNG Holdings LLC, a partnership with Chevron U.S.A. Inc. Brightmark currently owns and operates 27 RNG projects in 8 states and will […]

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Carbios, PepsiCo, other global brands unveil world’s first enzymatically recycled bottles

Carbios, PepsiCo, other global brands unveil world’s first enzymatically recycled bottles

July 11, 2021 |

In France, Carbios, L’Oréal, Nestlé Waters, PepsiCo and Suntory Beverage & Food Europe successfully produced the world’s first food-grade PET plastic bottles produced entirely from enzymatically recycled plastic. Each Consortium company has successfully manufactured sample bottles – based on Carbios’ enzymatic PET recycling technology – for some of their leading products including: Biotherm, Perrier, Pepsi […]

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U.S. ethanol global sales lose momentum while DDGS exports post big gains

U.S. ethanol global sales lose momentum while DDGS exports post big gains

July 11, 2021 |

In Washington, D.C., American exports of ethanol fell 38% in May to 70.4 million gallons (mg), the lowest volume in a year. Nearly 80% of all U.S. ethanol exports were shipped to just four countries, with Brazil again markedly absent from the list. For the fifth consecutive month, the U.S. did not log any meaningful […]

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First BioLNG production project at a French port begins feasibility study

First BioLNG production project at a French port begins feasibility study

July 11, 2021 |

In France, operator of a household waste treatment plant EveRé, shipping company CMA CGM Group, Elengy, a subsidiary of Engie, and TotalEnergies, a global multi-energy company, joined forces to study the feasibility of creating France’s first production unit for liquefied biomethane, a low-carbon alternative fuel dedicated to energy transition in the shipping industry. Produced by […]

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DOE announces technical assistance for local governments on waste-to-energy

DOE announces technical assistance for local governments on waste-to-energy

July 11, 2021 |

In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office and National Renewable Energy Laboratory announced the Phase 1 selections for the Waste-to-Energy Technical Assistance for Local Governments Program, which was created to mobilize national laboratory analyses and technical expertise around energy and resource recovery from organic waste streams (e.g. food waste, sewage sludge, […]

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Calyxt expands hemp breeding platform with seedless hemp innovation

Calyxt expands hemp breeding platform with seedless hemp innovation

July 11, 2021 |

In Minnesota, Calyxt, Inc. further expanded its hemp breeding platform with the addition of triploid breeding technology to create seedless hemp. Bringing this technology to hemp cultivation comes on the heels of the company announcing the successful transformation of the hemp genome. Together, these advancements demonstrate industry leadership in modernizing the crop. Like seedless watermelon, […]

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Converting CO2 into butanol using phosphorous-rich copper cathodes

Converting CO2 into butanol using phosphorous-rich copper cathodes

July 11, 2021 |

In South Korea, scientists from the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology proposed a reaction for the highly selective production of 1-butanol, a valuable alternative fuel, by electrochemical reduction using copper phosphide electrodes. Their findings offer a new insight on the use of Cu-based electrocatalysts for the electroreduction of CO2. The team of scientists reported […]

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British Columbia is first Canadian province to release hydrogen strategy

British Columbia is first Canadian province to release hydrogen strategy

July 11, 2021 |

In Canada, the Government of British Columbia released its hydrogen strategy – a blueprint for how renewable and low-carbon hydrogen will support its climate goals and create new jobs in B.C.’s growing clean-tech sector. B.C. is the first province in Canada to release a comprehensive hydrogen strategy. Part of CleanBC, the B.C. Hydrogen Strategy includes […]

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Racing ahead with biofuels – Bentley, BMW, Porsche, others embrace biofuels

Racing ahead with biofuels – Bentley, BMW, Porsche, others embrace biofuels

July 11, 2021 |

Bentley’s Continental GT3 Pikes Peak racecar proved to be fastest racecar running on renewable fuel at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb 2021, beating out all other sustainability-focused entrants (like Tesla’s Model S and an Acura NSX). Another car manufacturer, BMW, invested $12.5 million into Prometheus Fuels saying, “Prometheus will make drop-in replacement fuels that are […]

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