Tag: Berkeley

Perfect Day raises $350 million, plans to add tech development arm

Perfect Day raises $350 million, plans to add tech development arm

October 4, 2021 |

In Berkeley, California, animal-free milk protein producer Perfect Day has closed a $350 million Series D investment round. The company says it will use the funds to expand its focus across biological engineering, ingredient innovation, and consumer products.  The round, co-led by Temasek and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPP Investments), included participation from Disney […]

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Natural gas ban in Berkeley leads to lawsuit by California Restaurant Association

Natural gas ban in Berkeley leads to lawsuit by California Restaurant Association

November 24, 2019 |

In California, the California Restaurant Association is suing the city of Berkeley because of the city’s recent ban on the use of natural gas in newly constructed buildings that will go into effect in January 1, 2020. While the ban is meant to lower GHG goals for the city, the association says the natural gas […]

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Chief Pilot: the ABPDU, where the elite meet to defeat petroleum

Chief Pilot: the ABPDU, where the elite meet to defeat petroleum

December 14, 2016 |

Every airline has pilots, but then there’s the Chief Pilot, and in the advanced bioeconomy the chief pilot is known by the ungainly acronym ABPDU, which might as well decode as “All Bioeconomy Processes Developed Upstairs,” but actually stands for the far more modest “Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit.” It’s run out of the Berkeley […]

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Why does biology take so long to make commercial products? A Job for BOB

Why does biology take so long to make commercial products? A Job for BOB

May 25, 2016 |

The profusion of government-based Three-Letter Acronyms got so out of hand at one stage that the Navy’s Director of Operational Energy Chris Tindal began a meeting not long ago with a slide that said, simply, EYA. Explain Your Acronym. But there’s one TLA that was so friendly and promising that it forms the exception to the […]

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UC Berkeley performs 3D imaging of plant cell walls that could unlock potential of cellulosic ethanol

UC Berkeley performs 3D imaging of plant cell walls that could unlock potential of cellulosic ethanol

September 11, 2014 |

In California, new 3D imaging performed at the University of California, Berkeley has allowed scientists an even closer look at cell walls than before, which will help to develop breakdown techniques for fuel creation. One of the scientists working on the project explained: “We have developed and compared novel sample preparation and molecular 3D imaging […]

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4 Minutes With…Paul Bryan, Independent Consultant and Lecturer, UC-Berkeley

4 Minutes With…Paul Bryan, Independent Consultant and Lecturer, UC-Berkeley

September 8, 2014 |

You probably know him best as the VP for Biofuels at Chevron, and later the Program Manager for the DOE Biomass program until late 2012. But he’s also a noted consultant on technology development and current lectures in chemical engineering as well at Berkeley. One little known fact is that he is a direct descendant […]

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“Scientists develop ‘green’ pretreatment of Miscanthus for biofuels.”

“Scientists develop ‘green’ pretreatment of Miscanthus for biofuels.”

May 16, 2013 |

Today on Twitter: sputnik_nyc Updates: Scientists develop ‘green’ pretreatment of Miscanthus for biofuels BerkeleyLab Turning Up the Heat on Biofuels. Douglas Clark making enzymes tolerate higher heat. @AmerChemSociety ProSyn: Bjørn Lomborg: “Biofuels have become an almost unstoppable and unmitigated disaster.”

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WWI fermentation process could hold key to efficient biofuel production

WWI fermentation process could hold key to efficient biofuel production

November 12, 2012 |

In California, the fermentation process used to make cordite for bullets and artillery shells during WWI could be used to better ferret sugars found in biomass. A Berkeley Lab has been able to upgrade metabolic pathways for creating transportation fuels close to theoretical yields… up to a gallon of fuel from 16 pounds of sugars […]

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UC Berkeley research yields high-starch “Frankenstein” switchgrass

UC Berkeley research yields high-starch “Frankenstein” switchgrass

September 17, 2012 |

In California, switchgrass research at the University of California, Berkeley has yielded a strain of the plant that is 250 times starchier than traditional switchgrass. The project, partially funded by the USDA, is also monitoring water use for growing these plants as water availability could be a limiting factor in growing switchgrass. Scientists working on […]

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Switchgrass engineered to be more suitable for sugar extraction

Switchgrass engineered to be more suitable for sugar extraction

September 10, 2012 |

In California, switchgrass has been successfully engineered to remain in a juvenile state with no flowers or seeds, thus making the plant more desirable as a feedstock. Geneticists from University of California, Berkeley and the USDA by inserting a new gene that keeps the plant from flowering and keeps the leaves softer, enabling sugar to […]

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