Fuels from thin air: drop-in liquid fuels from sky CO2, water and solar power

In Finland, we reported last week commercial vehicles operated by the City of Helsinki and bus services commissioned by HSL will fully switch to...

PrecisionHawk and ADM partner to manage crop risk using dronetech

In North Carolina, PrecisionHawk released a new waterpooling app that was developed in conjunction with ADM Crop Risk Services to provide insurance adjusters and...

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of April 18th, 2018

The pace of invention and change is just too strong, we’ve realized, to highlight annual or even quarterly or monthly rankings and summaries of...

On value, and values: Fairness, the disadvantaged, and California’s renewables policy

Back in the 1940s when my father and his folks lived on Garcia Avenue in San Francisco, in a part of town the upwardly...

Elite corn, without control by elites: NCGA, Benson Hill Biosystems partner to democratize corn...

In Missouri, Benson Hill Biosystems, an agricultural technology company unlocking the genetic potential of plants, today announced a strategic partnership and grant from the...

Let’s Get it On: Avantium acquires Liquid Light 

In the Netherlands, Avantium has acquired the assets of Liquid Light Inc, developer of a process technology to make major chemicals from low-cost, globally-abundant...

Sugar, sugar: Toray, Mitsui set out to build monster cellulosic sugar plant in Asia

Last week we reported that Toray Industries has teamed with Mitsui to produce cellulosic sugars from bagasse leftover from the sugar production process at Thai...

Geneva Aéroport: We’re going with aviation biofuels, so there.

In Switzerland, Geneva Airport has partnered with Neste to introduce sustainable and renewable jet fuel for aircraft operations, with a target of at least...

Who’s got hot lignin? The Digest’s 2016 Guide to lignin production and prospects

Lignocellulosic sugars and lignin have become necessary intermediates for advancing research towards economically producing biofuels and bioproducts. Recently, the US Department of Energy issued...

Yelp! 18 kelp wheps get $22M in ARPA-E help

Yes, ARPA-E has unveiled its latest moonshot and is investing $22M in Macroalgae Research Inspiring Novel Energy Resources — also known as MARINER. The projects...

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Corbion to build new PLA plant, exit FDCA

In the Netherlands, food ingredients and biobased products major Corbion disclosed its 2020-2025 strategy, which includes increasing investments in natural food preservation and lactic...

Sweetgreens upgrades compostable bowls after PFAS revelation

In California, to-go salad mainstay Sweetgreens is set to launch new compostable fiber bowls after its previous version was called out for containing perfluoroalkyl...

Service allows parents to mail back dirty diapers for composting

In Arizona, a compostable diaper company has launched a subscription service to send clean diapers to parents and receive return shipments of the used...