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TotalEnergies partners with Suriname government to preserve forests as carbon sinks

TotalEnergies partners with Suriname government to preserve forests as carbon sinks

November 20, 2021 |

In France, TotalEnergies signed an agreement with the Government of Suriname to provide support for its national strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by preserving forests in the country. This public-private partnership illustrates the alignment between the ambition of TotalEnergies and the Government of Suriname to protect forest ecosystems and biodiversity while benefiting local communities. […]

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PNNL researchers designing microbe factories for sustainable chemicals

PNNL researchers designing microbe factories for sustainable chemicals

November 20, 2021 |

In Washington, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory researchers have devised a way to engineer yeast to produce itaconic acid—a valuable commodity chemical—using data integration and supercomputing power as a guide, helping advance economically attractive replacements for fossil fuels. Itaconic acid has enormous potential as a renewable chemical building block. It could substitute for some fossil-fuel-derived products. […]

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Making Glucaric Acid Green: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Kalion

Making Glucaric Acid Green: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Kalion

November 20, 2021 |

Glucaric acid and derivatives are used in so many markets like water treatment, pharmaceuticals, strengtheners for textiles like your jeans, energy drinks, concrete additives, detergent builders and others, and Kalion is on top of making sure its environmentally friendly with its synthetic biology production. Get the latest on Kalion’s launch, timeline, tech, and more.

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Light-bending wood pulp, salt building material, seaweed bioplastics and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of November 18th

Light-bending wood pulp, salt building material, seaweed bioplastics and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of November 18th

November 17, 2021 |

Lightbending was discovered by Avatar Shiron when a Firebender let his Yang overpower his Yin, then attempted to Generate Lightning which resulted in a white light, or so the Avatar story goes. But in the UK, light-bending researchers found a super sparkle was achieved by coaxing microscopic surfaces of cellulose, from wood pulp in this […]

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Velocys offtake deals with Southwest, IAG, SAF advancements from Enerkem, Honeywell, Twelve, Dallas Forth Worth airport

Velocys offtake deals with Southwest, IAG, SAF advancements from Enerkem, Honeywell, Twelve, Dallas Forth Worth airport

November 15, 2021 |

It was a hot week for sustainable aviation news with Velocys entering a 15-year offtake deal for 575 million blended gallons of net zero SAF to be produced at their planned Bayou Fuels biorefinery project in Mississippi for Southwest Airlines and a 10-year offtake agreement with International Consolidated Airlines Group (which includes British Airways, Aer […]

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Cool Corn Competition – A look behind NCGA’s 6 Consider Corn Challenge III winners

Cool Corn Competition – A look behind NCGA’s 6 Consider Corn Challenge III winners

November 14, 2021 |

News from the Windy City came in that Låkril Technologies, a newly launched start-up company has already licensed catalyst technology from the University of Minnesota to convert corn-derived lactic acid to bio-based acrylics that provide at least 35% CO2 reduction from today’s petroleum-derived acrylics. Does Låkril sound familiar? How about BioAstra Technologies? Catalyxx? Sylvatex? Danimer […]

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Bioenergy Devco closes $100M in new capital to accelerate anaerobic digestion projects

Bioenergy Devco closes $100M in new capital to accelerate anaerobic digestion projects

November 14, 2021 |

In Maryland, Bioenergy Devco, developer of anaerobic digestion facilities that transform organic waste into renewable energy and healthy soil products, secured $100 million in financing from funds managed by Irradiant Partners, which will support the development of multiple anaerobic digestion facilities to drive sustainable organic waste recycling and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in North America. […]

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Enchanted Rock launches world’s 1st net-zero carbon electrical resiliency microgrids using RNG

Enchanted Rock launches world’s 1st net-zero carbon electrical resiliency microgrids using RNG

November 14, 2021 |

In Texas, Enchanted Rock’s customers now have the option to choose Renewable Natural Gas to achieve net-zero or negative carbon emissions. With this announcement, Enchanted Rock will now reduce carbon intensity of backup power by 100%. RNG results from the capture and delivery of methane emissions from decomposing waste at landfills, agricultural waste, and water […]

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Air Liquide and Faurecia sign agreement to boost hydrogen for heavy-duty vehicles

Air Liquide and Faurecia sign agreement to boost hydrogen for heavy-duty vehicles

November 14, 2021 |

In France, Air Liquide and Faurecia signed a joint development agreement to design and produce on-board liquid hydrogen storage systems for the automotive industry. Through this technology partnership, the two companies will accelerate the deployment of zero-emission heavy-duty mobility. The partnership will leverage the companies’ complementary competencies from their respective core businesses which will be […]

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Clariant, Technip Energies new tech reduces steam methane reforming’s CO2 footprint

Clariant, Technip Energies new tech reduces steam methane reforming’s CO2 footprint

November 14, 2021 |

In Minnesota, Clariant and Technip Energies launched EARTH: Pioneering technology to reduce the CO2 footprint of steam methane reforming. The drop-in solution offers producers a cost-efficient way to save energy or to increase capacity with a decreased CO2 footprint and first commercial use has shown drastic reductions in CO2 emissions, fuel consumption, and pressure drop […]

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