Author Archive: Helena Tavares Kennedy

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Biodegradable computer, cow intestine lamps, soy-based turf, air-to-meat: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of January 22nd

Biodegradable computer, cow intestine lamps, soy-based turf, air-to-meat: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of January 22nd

January 21, 2021 |

We all know the huge toll that electronics have on our planet, from the rare-earth metals like lanthanum, terbium, and dysprosium needed in the creation stage to what to do with quickly outdated electronics and a lack of widespread recycling programs. So a new biodegradable PC computer certainly catches the eye. Consisting of a portable […]

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NREL cultivates algae indoors to learn how to boost growth and productivity outdoors

NREL cultivates algae indoors to learn how to boost growth and productivity outdoors

January 17, 2021 |

In Washington, D.C., a programmable algae cultivator—designed and patented by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory with funding support by the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office—is speeding up research to improve algae growth and productivity in outdoor algae farms. The indoor cultivator lets researchers mimic the growth conditions in the warm, dry climate of […]

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Malaysia to sue European Union in WTO lawsuit over palm oil

Malaysia to sue European Union in WTO lawsuit over palm oil

January 17, 2021 |

In Malaysia, Scandasia reports that the Malaysian government plans to file a lawsuit against the European Union on the trade bloc’s policy to phase out palm oil-based biofuels imports to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) by 2030. “Datuk Dr. Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali, Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister said at a press conference at the […]

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FCIC publishes 2020 report highlighting accomplishments on bioenergy pathways

FCIC publishes 2020 report highlighting accomplishments on bioenergy pathways

January 17, 2021 |

In Washington, D.C., led by the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office, the Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium published its Annual Review of Research Fiscal Year 2020 report which covers both the low- and high-temperature conversion pathways and all three process areas (feedstock harvest and storage, preprocessing, and conversion) and planned FY2021 work that will build […]

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CoverCress Inc. and University Partners Selected as Start-up Inventor of the Year

CoverCress Inc. and University Partners Selected as Start-up Inventor of the Year

January 17, 2021 |

In Missouri, CoverCress Inc. and its university partners Illinois State University and the University of Minnesota were selected as the Start-up Inventor of the Year by the Patent, Trademark, and Copyright Section of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL). This award reflects the use of CRISPR/Cas9 technology, which was awarded the 2020 Noble […]

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Ethanol production up 0.6% over previous week, down 14.1% over same week last year

Ethanol production up 0.6% over previous week, down 14.1% over same week last year

January 17, 2021 |

In Washington, D.C., ethanol production increased 0.6%, or 6,000 barrels per day (b/d), to 941,000 b/d—equivalent to 39.52 million gallons daily, according to EIA data analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association. Production remained 14.1% below the same week last year. The four-week average ethanol production rate decreased 0.4% to 946,000 b/d, equivalent to an annualized […]

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Nanollose and Grasim file joint patent application for high tenacity lyocell

Nanollose and Grasim file joint patent application for high tenacity lyocell

January 17, 2021 |

In Australia, Nanollose and Grasim Industries Limited filed a joint patent application for a high tenacity lyocell fiber made from microbial cellulose that is finer than silk and stronger than conventional lyocell made from wood pulp. Nanollose and Birla Cellulose, Grasim’s business unit focused on sustainable fibers, will now focus on taking this success to […]

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Ameresco’s landfill gas to RNG plant to reach commercial operations early 2021

Ameresco’s landfill gas to RNG plant to reach commercial operations early 2021

January 17, 2021 |

In Texas, Ameresco, Inc. achieved mechanical completion at its McCarty Road landfill gas to renewable natural gas plant located in Houston and will reach commercial operations in early 2021. This facility has a gross nameplate in excess of 1.1 million Dekatherms per year and is capable of processing 4,500 scfm of raw landfill gas. The […]

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Aemetis gets U.S. patent for “Carbon Zero” production plants, moves forward with commercialization

Aemetis gets U.S. patent for “Carbon Zero” production plants, moves forward with commercialization

January 17, 2021 |

In California, Aemetis, Inc.’s exclusively licensed technology for the production of below zero carbon renewable fuel was awarded U.S. Patent No. 10907184 (to be published February 2, 2021), enabling the launch of Aemetis “Carbon Zero” production plants to commercialize the technology. Using patented technology exclusive to Aemetis for agricultural waste wood feedstock, the Carbon Zero […]

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BestStevia and the Rest Stevia – SweeGen, Amyris and Cargill in the sweet spot

BestStevia and the Rest Stevia – SweeGen, Amyris and Cargill in the sweet spot

January 17, 2021 |

We all need some sweet stories these days but many are also starting the New Year by cutting sugar consumption with aims of losing weight or eating healthier, so here’s some sweet news from the likes of Amyris and their No Compromise sweetener, SweeGen’s Bestevia launch, and Cargill’s EverSweet – all using Reb N, Reb […]

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