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Top 10 Slide Guides of 2021 so far

Top 10 Slide Guides of 2021 so far

July 17, 2021 |

Like a cool glass of lemonade on a hot summer day, the first half of 2021 was a bit more refreshing and uplifting than 2020. The Digest brings you the hottest Top 10 slide guides so far from 2021. We sure learned how to turn lemons into lemonade over the past year and a half, […]

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Competitive Edge: Bio2oil

Competitive Edge: Bio2oil

July 15, 2021 |

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? Bio2oil was founded with the aim of commercializing the Hydrothermal Liquefaction technology (HTL). It’s a process that converts biomass to […]

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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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Thoughts by Russ: Building a Future We Want

Thoughts by Russ: Building a Future We Want

July 13, 2021 |

By Russ Freeman, PE Retired Special to The Digest One must wonder what a future Circular Economy might hold and whether we really want one? Since a tipping point seems to have passed in the swing toward such an economy, we need to rather urgently consider how to proceed. Real change means, rather than fixing […]

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On the Move – Greenlane Renewables, Circa Group, USGC’s Global Ethanol Market Development, Eco Wave Power, BASF and more

On the Move – Greenlane Renewables, Circa Group, USGC’s Global Ethanol Market Development, Eco Wave Power, BASF and more

July 13, 2021 |

In a rare occurrence in the biobased economy, we saw more women on the move than men so far this summer. From Greenlane Renewables new Lead Director, Circa Group’s new CFO, U.S. Grains Council’s new Manager of Global Ethanol Market Development, and others, women took the lead over the past month or so with movements, […]

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Back to the Stone Age, or everything I really needed to know about solving climate change, I learned from Fred Flintstone

Back to the Stone Age, or everything I really needed to know about solving climate change, I learned from Fred Flintstone

July 12, 2021 |

As someone once observed, the Stone Age did not end because we ran out of stones, and the Petroleum Age is not going to end because we ran out of petroleum. Rather, needs and technologies will change. In fact, they are already changing, or have changed, because of the unintended consequences — that is to […]

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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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Clariant and India Glycols biobased ethylene oxide JV, biobased travel and lamps, faster forest regeneration, and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of July 8th

Clariant and India Glycols biobased ethylene oxide JV, biobased travel and lamps, faster forest regeneration, and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of July 8th

July 8, 2021 |

News came this week that Clariant and India Glycols established a joint venture to produce biobased ethylene oxide derivatives for home and personal care markets. With travel now returning in many places, biobased luggage using BioX material is the latest bio-innovation. And in other signs of hope and light, a new lamp made from orange […]

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On the path to net zero, Canada must grow a circular bioeconomy

On the path to net zero, Canada must grow a circular bioeconomy

July 7, 2021 |

By Sandy Ferguson, Principal of SF Consulting, and Rob van Adrichem, Director of External Relations at the City of Prince George Special to The Digest Bathroom sinks made of wood fibre, energy derived from garbage, skyscrapers built of cross-laminated timber, and carbon fibre that is used in Formula 1 cars are all examples of bioproducts […]

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Carbon capture is a no-brainer solution for companies facing net-zero policy goals

Carbon capture is a no-brainer solution for companies facing net-zero policy goals

July 6, 2021 |

By Ian Palmer, PhD, former BP petroleum engineer Special to The Digest Fossil fuel causes 73% of global greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is an escape hatch, or an offset, to be used if there are “leftover” GHG emissions.  If a country is on a pathway to reduce GHG to zero […]

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