Monthly Archives: November 2018

Just in from ABLC: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Hot Technologies and their Examples

Each year at ABLC, we have had the great fortune to have in our opening panel a tremendous sector overview from Roger Wyse, the Co-CEO of Spruce Capital and one of the foremost venture capitalists in the US and before … Continue reading

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Heard on the Floor: Reflections and the buzz from ABLC Global 2018

The bunting is down, the bands have retreated and ABLC Global is now in the rear-view mirror — all the bustle of 625 delegates raising a din of deal-making so loud in the anterooms that delegates had to routinely flee … Continue reading

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Biosev sells Giasa mill to M&N for nearly $19M

In Brazil, Biosev, a sugar and ethanol company owned by Louis Dreyfus Company, agreed to sell the Giasa mill to M&N Participações S/A, the parent company of the Olho D’Água Group, for R$ 70 million, or about $18.7 million, making … Continue reading

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Stora Enso launches biobased RFID tag technology for intelligent packaging

In Finland, Stora Enso makes a high-tech meets eco-friend move by launching a new sustainable paper-based RFID tag technology called ECO, designed for intelligent packaging functionalities in supply chain, retail and e-commerce applications. Intelligent Packaging by Stora Enso develops and … Continue reading

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Transportation company switches 600+ trucks to renewable diesel

In California, transportation and logistics company, Ecology, switched its fleet of more than 600 trucks to run on Neste MY Renewable Diesel and is reporting cleaner fuel filters, fewer maintenance problems and reductions in tailpipe emissions. Neste MY Renewable Diesel … Continue reading

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Kraig Biocraft scales up 2nd generation dragon silk

In Michigan, Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, Inc. has begun the scale up of its recently announced second generation Dragon Silk. This new material was specially designed at Kraig Labs’ Michigan research headquarters for application in protective textiles, particularly for military and … Continue reading

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ZSL report finds palm oil companies’ commitments lacking

In the United Kingdom, the world’s largest survey of palm oil producers and traders to date finds a lack of assurance in tackling forest loss. Published by the Zoological Society of London, the report assessed 70 of the world’s most … Continue reading

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Unexpectedly good sunflower oilseed harvest

In Germany, UFOP reports that sunflower seed, the second most important oilseed crop in Europe, accounting for one third of the 2018 cultivation area, was affected less severely by unfavorable growing conditions that hit winter-planted crops and rapeseed extremely hard … Continue reading

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PCA pushes for B5 instead of B2, IPPCA says no way

In the Philippines, the Independent Philippine Petroleum Companies Association (IPPCA) opposed the plan of the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) to increase the biodiesel amount to B5 from B2. “With Euro 4, there is no compelling reason to add or increase … Continue reading

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Unprecedented genome analysis of budding yeasts to help biofuels research

In Wisconsin, an unprecedented comparison of hundreds of species of yeasts has helped geneticists brew up an expansive picture of their evolution over the last hundreds of millions of years, including an analysis of the way they evolved individual appetites … Continue reading

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Announcing Global BioFuture Solutions

By Cindy Thyfault, CEO, Global Biofuture Solutions Special to The Digest Innovative financing solutions to realize the next generation of Global Bioeconomy projects that will revolutionize the way the we produce, use and re-use carbon for energy, materials and food. … Continue reading

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Hiring an expert witness in bioeconomy litigation

By Wayne Lee, CEO, Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc. In August 2017, I published an articlewhich focused on important things that attorneys involved in biofuels or biochemical litigation should look for when choosing an expert witness.[1] This article explores the subject of … Continue reading

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The 40 Hottest Technologies in the Advanced Bioeconomy 2018

In California, Impossible Foods took the #1 spot in the 2018 “40 Hottest Technologies in the Advanced Bioeconomy” rankings, published today in The Digest, the world’s most widely-read bioeconomy daily. The announcement was made live at the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership … Continue reading

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VERBIO North America acquires Iowa cellulosic ethanol facility from DuPont

In Iowa, DuPont Industrial Biosciences and VERBIO North America Corporation (VNA), the U.S. subsidiary of leading German bioenergy producer VERBIO Vereinigte BioEnergie AG (VERBIO), have reached terms for VNA to acquire DuPont’s Nevada, Iowa-based cellulosic ethanol plant and a portion of … Continue reading

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Beet Ireland would produce 19 million liters of ethanol should project go through

In Ireland, Beet Ireland’s attempt to revive sugarbeet production in the country could lead to 19 million liters of ethanol production annually in addition to 210,000 metric tons of sugar thanks to a would-be cooperative of 1,000 farmers supplying the … Continue reading

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Avril launches B100 to boost domestic biodiesel sales

In France, Reuters reports that Avril has launched the country’s first commercially-available B100—Oleo-100 produced from 100% French-grown rapeseed—as it attempts to boost domestic consumption of biodiesel in the face of cheap imports of biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia as well … Continue reading

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Successful Carinata trial in Australia could see new industry bloom

In Australia, a successful growing trial of Carinata held in conjunction with Agrisoma BioSciences last year is boosting hopes for a future industry in the country looking for additional oilseed options beyond canola for both biofuels and other biomaterials. The … Continue reading

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US looking to reduce anti-dumping duties on Argentine biodiesel imports

In Argentina, Reuters reports that the US Department of Commerce is looking at making a remarkable move by reviewing the current terms of anti-dumping tariffs on Argentine biodiesel imports. Argentina’s foreign ministry said if negotiations were successful, the country’s biodiesel … Continue reading

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Nigerian manufacturing group gets Odo state support to expand into cassava ethanol and palm oil production

In Nigeria, the Odo state government has promised local manufacturing conglomerate Nosak Group support in securing land that will help the company expand its operations into oil palm plantations and palm oil manufacturing as well as cassava growing for ethanol … Continue reading

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Georgian company brings B10 to drivers

In Georgia, local company Biodiesel Georgia has begun supply used cooking oil-based biodiesel to Frego gas stations in Tbilisi and a few other regions nationwide who are the first in the country to retail B10. The company is collecting UCO … Continue reading

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