Author Archive: Jim Lane

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Competitive Edge: Pyran

Competitive Edge: Pyran

September 10, 2020 |

Q: What was the reason for founding your organization – what was the open niche you saw that could be addressed with a new product or service? What was the problem, or gap, or opportunity? To commercialize a technology to produce 1,5 pentanediol. Polymer producers want new green low-cost monomers and monomers that give their […]

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Why Does AI Matter?: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to DOE’s Artificial Intelligence

Why Does AI Matter?: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to DOE’s Artificial Intelligence

September 10, 2020 |

At ABLC Digital in July, Margaret Lentz from the U.S. Department of Energy ‘s Artificial Intelligence & Technology Office shared this illuminating slide guide on why AI is important for the DOE, how BETO is involved, the creation of their Artificial Intelligence Exchange database to capture AI investments across DOE, their current efforts, and more.

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Bioenergy Technologies: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to DOE’s Investments in Transportation

Bioenergy Technologies: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to DOE’s Investments in Transportation

September 10, 2020 |

The U.S. Department of Energy gave a timely update on their latest activities in the transportation sector at ABLC Digital in July. From the multiple pathways the DOE is pursuing for biofuels and bioenergy to opportunities in aviation, Michael Berube, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Sustainable Transportation at the U.S. Department of Energy, offers this short […]

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Integrating D3MAX Distillers Tech with Ethanol Facility: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to ACE Ethanol with D3MAX

Integrating D3MAX Distillers Tech with Ethanol Facility: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to ACE Ethanol with D3MAX

September 9, 2020 |

ACE Ethanol’s facility in Stanley, Wisconsin has a D3MAX corn fiber to ethanol plant. Mark Yancey, Chief Technology Officer at D3MAX takes us on a tour of the plant, shares their startup issues and successes to date, shows us the Ace Ethanol D3MAX process integration, a look at the new Gen 1 decanters, acid mixer, WDG […]

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ARPA-E launches SMARTFARM program with $16.5M in investments for 6 projects aimed at low-carbon feedstocks

ARPA-E launches SMARTFARM program with $16.5M in investments for 6 projects aimed at low-carbon feedstocks

September 8, 2020 |

In Washington, the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy announced $16.5 million in funding for six projects as part of the Systems for Monitoring and Analytics for Renewable Transportation Fuels from Agricultural Resources and Management (SMARTFARM) program. These projects will develop technologies that bridge the data gap in the biofuel supply chain by quantifying feedstock-related GHG emissions […]

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Cannabinoids Without Cannabis: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to BioMediCan’s Biosynthesis and Cannabinoids

Cannabinoids Without Cannabis: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to BioMediCan’s Biosynthesis and Cannabinoids

September 8, 2020 |

On Monday, we reported on BioMediCan’s work in making cannabinoids without the cannabis plant, just like Impossible Foods or Beyond Meat make meat without animals. Today, the visual slide guide that looks at biosynthesis and biosynthetic cannabinoids, what that really means, the use of “oily” yeast, how they differ from Ginkgo Bioworks, Manus and others, the cannabinoid opportunity, […]

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In COVID-19 world, biobased industries key to rebuilding a strong, sustainable economy

In COVID-19 world, biobased industries key to rebuilding a strong, sustainable economy

September 7, 2020 |

By Matt Lipscomb, CEO, DMC Bio Special to The Digest The globalization trend of the last 20 years focused on driving down the cost of manufacturing at the expense of all other factors. One of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the realization of the fragility of current global supply chains. As consumers […]

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12 Emerging Technologies: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to WBCSD’s Innovations to Transform 2020-2030

12 Emerging Technologies: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to WBCSD’s Innovations to Transform 2020-2030

September 7, 2020 |

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development just published an issue brief as part of a series of interim outputs linked to WBCSD’s current refresh of its Vision 2050. Here are highlights from the report, highlighting 5 business model shifts that impact the bioeconomy, 12 emerging technologies like plants-based meat, genetic engineering, biosensors, artificial intelligence, energy harvesting, […]

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From Incredible Cotton to Impending Ag: an insider’s look at superstuff: the future of food + ag on view at The Dish on 9/16

From Incredible Cotton to Impending Ag: an insider’s look at superstuff: the future of food + ag on view at The Dish on 9/16

September 4, 2020 |

I’m as intrigued as I think you will be by a new East Coast-based accelerator based around the convergence of biology and engineering, which goes by the name of Petri, which is a such an obviously right for a bio-based accelerator that I wonder why no one thought of it before. Naturally for a group […]

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Perfectly Positioned in Imperfect World: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Stora Enso

Perfectly Positioned in Imperfect World: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Stora Enso

September 3, 2020 |

“Staying resilient as uncertainty continues” is the name of the game for many, including Stora Enso. While they have “exceptional uncertainty and poor demand visibility for the rest of the year,” they are focused on their position as a renewable materials company from biocomposites to biobased chemicals, lignin and more. From their triple bottom line to […]

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