Tag: New Zealand

Kiwi firm wants to build a better mousetrap—Literally

Kiwi firm wants to build a better mousetrap—Literally

December 14, 2020 |

In New Zealand, human pest control products maker Goodnature is working to develop biodegradable rat traps that can be dropped by drone or helicopter.  Slightly bigger than a Keurig coffee capsule, the traps will break down in the environment within a few months, whether it caught a rat or not. The current iteration of the […]

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New Zealand to launch tender seeking partners for forestry waste-based biofuels

New Zealand to launch tender seeking partners for forestry waste-based biofuels

December 1, 2020 |

In New Zealand, Te Uru Rākau is moving ahead with the next stage of research into creating a New Zealand biofuels industry, following a successful first stage, announced the Director Sector Investments. He said there is considerable interest in biofuels and biomass energy from organizations such as Air New Zealand and Fonterra. “We are now […]

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Glowing wood could be the future of home lighting

Glowing wood could be the future of home lighting

November 9, 2020 |

In New Zealand and Switzerland, a team of researchers has used biobased films to create wood with luminescent properties that could sustainably replace conventional, energy-intensive forms of lighting. Previous attempts to develop wood films for optical applications suffered from “poor mechanical properties, uneven lighting, a lack of water resistance, or the need for a petroleum-based […]

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Biobased sneaker pioneer Allbirds to expand into apparel

Biobased sneaker pioneer Allbirds to expand into apparel

October 26, 2020 |

In New Zealand, green sneaker pioneer and fashion favorite Allbirds says it is expanding its product line into clothing. The new collection will include a T-shirt made from waste shellfish, sweaters made from merino wool, and a puffer coat comprised of merino wool, recycled materials, and renewable Tencel fiber. The company claims the T-shirt material, […]

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LanzaTech eyeing two possible additional spin-offs

LanzaTech eyeing two possible additional spin-offs

September 17, 2020 |

In New Zealand, TechCrunch reports that LanzaTech’s CEO expects to spin out two additional businesses in the future following the June spin-off of its technology to produce aviation biofuel. One of the future spin-offs is likely to focus on synthetic biology to produce biomaterials for automobile interiors, as an example. The other would look to […]

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NZ dairy giant drops biodiesel for no longer being economically viable

NZ dairy giant drops biodiesel for no longer being economically viable

August 25, 2020 |

In New Zealand, Stuff reports that Fonterra, the largest dairy producer in the country who has committed to net zero emissions by 2050 and a 30% reduction by 2030 has abandoned its biofuels ambitions because it is no longer economically viable. When Z Energy shut down production in March due to rising tallow prices, the […]

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Z Energy says exporting biodiesel to the US more profitable than domestic sales

Z Energy says exporting biodiesel to the US more profitable than domestic sales

August 24, 2020 |

In New Zealand, Stuff reports that the head of Z Energy says exporting its biodiesel to the US is more economically viable than selling its fuel domestically. In the US market, the company’s biodiesel can get NZ$0.17 per liter in subsidies whereas in New Zealand there are no such programs to make the fuel viable […]

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New Zealand awards grant funds to study hand sanitizer production from grape marc

New Zealand awards grant funds to study hand sanitizer production from grape marc

May 26, 2020 |

In New Zealand, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has awarded funding to Bragato Research Institute for a pilot study that explores transforming grape marc – the skins and seeds remaining after pressing – into hand sanitizer. The hand sanitizer from the study will be donated to Marlborough health workers and first responders. […]

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Z Energy mothballing biodiesel plant after tallow prices skyrocket

Z Energy mothballing biodiesel plant after tallow prices skyrocket

May 12, 2020 |

In New Zealand, Stuff reports that Z Energy has mothballed its biodiesel facility but that it may reopen again next year depending on market conditions. A bidding war on animal tallow made biodiesel production uneconomical but the company is looking to reduce its cost of production by doubling the installed capacity of the facility if […]

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MetGen licenses technology to New Zealand’s Futurity to produce bioproducts from lignin

MetGen licenses technology to New Zealand’s Futurity to produce bioproducts from lignin

March 10, 2020 |

In New Zealand, Futurity, whose mission is to outperform oil with trees through the production of advanced chemicals and materials from plantation forestry in New Zealand has finalized a licensing agreement with the Finnish company MetGen Oy. Cooperation will allow the development of a full range of high value lignin-based products including resins and adhesives, […]

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