Carbios is developing a bioplastic that can be recycled infinitely. The company's special enzymes can break down long plastic chains into monomers that can then be purified, separated and reused for new plastic production.
US ethanol production reached an average of 996,000 barrels per day, down by 37,000 barrels per day from the previous week and the first time in 13 weeks that the country's production declined below 1 million barrels per day, according to data from the Energy Information Administration. The four-week average also dropped to 1.049 million barrels per day for an annualized rate of 16.08 billion gallons.
The January edition of the Energy Information Administration's Short-Term Energy Outlook predicted ethanol consumption in the US to increase from 940,000 barrels per day in 2017 to 960,000 barrels per day in 2018 and 970,000 barrels per day in 2019. This consumption forecast was attributed to an increase in ethanol's share of the total gasoline pool, from an average of 10.2% last year to an average of 10.3% this year and next year, according to EIA.
Newsweek recently recognized United Airlines in the 2017 Global 500 Green Rankings, thanks to the airline's sustainability efforts, such as using sustainable aviation biofuel for its scheduled flights and investing more than $30 million in alternative aviation fuels developer Fulcrum BioEnergy, and Eco-Skies program. "We will continue to innovate, in the air and on the ground, as we strive to make United the most environmentally sustainable airline in the world," said Angela Foster-Rice, United's managing director of environmental affairs and sustainability.
A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that the bacterium strain Rhodopseudomonas palustris "has clear advantages as a system to develop the use of a remodelled nitrogenase in synthetic biology" and could help convert carbon dioxide to methane, said researcher Lance Seefeldt. Biochemists from the University of Washington and Utah State University note that their discovery "could drive efforts to turn waste gases into usable fuels," he said.
Singapore's new Synthetic Cannabinoid Biology Program will apply synthetic biology technology to identify cannabinoid genes for the production of medicinal cannabinoids without growing the cannabis plant. "Synthetic biology research is maturing and we are well positioned to move forward with translational research for industrial application," said George Loh, director of programs at the National Research Foundation.
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Envia Energy, an Oklahoma City-based joint venture plant involving Velocys, is seeking the Environmental Protection Agency's approval of its fuel pathway application for the production of D7 cellulosic diesel Renewable Identification Numbers under the Renewable Fuel Standard program. The plant uses biogas and natural gas as feedstocks for drop-in fuel production.
Eco Green Fuels received permission from India's Bangalore Water Supply & Sewerage Board to use liquid waste as feedstock for biodiesel production. "The idea behind this is that any substance in fat form is a potential feedstock for biodiesel manufacture," said Eco Green founder and CEO Julesh Bantia.