Lactips has entered an exclusive deal with BASF to market its bio-based, biodegradable pellet as a sustainable alternative film packaging for detergent products. BASF will introduce the product to the home care and the industrial and institutional markets.
MARSHA, AI SpaceFactory's 3D-printed Mars habitat prototype made by mixing renewable plant-based bioplastic and basalt fiber, won first place in NASA's 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge. "By using natural, biodegradable materials grown from crops, we could eliminate the building industry's massive waste of unrecyclable concrete and restore our planet," said AI SpaceFactory CEO and founder David Malott.
Quantum Energy has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding with an unnamed target modular biorefinery company, under which a joint venture may be established with Quantum's FTPM Resources unit to develop and market farm-grown corn products outside of ethanol. The agreement also grants FTPM the option to merge with the firm, which will in turn could purchase Quantum shares and join Quantum's board.
The Environmental Protection Agency is reportedly planning to boost the federal mandate for biofuels from 19.92 billion gallons this year to 20.04 billion gallons next year, consisting of 15 billion gallons of conventional biofuels and 5.04 billion gallons of advanced biofuels. Other government agencies are now reviewing the proposal, EPA spokesman Michael Abboud said.
Over a decade, ExxonMobil plans to invest roughly $100 million to fund the development of low-emissions technology at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory and National Energy Technology Laboratory. The funds will be used for energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction initiatives, such as carbon capture and storage tech and biofuels research.
A majority of synthetic biology companies tapping into the food market are startups that face not just the risk of failing to gain traction but also questions about product safety and sustainability. Fish feed-focused KnipBio, among other companies, continues to use more sustainable feedstocks that do not "compete with humans" to allow for increased efficiency, KnipBio CEO Larry Feinberg said noting that "there should be, and will be, safety redundancy built into containment at an industrial biotech operation."
A scientist from Idaho National Laboratory has invented a production method for cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, for biofuel and power feedstocks. Compared with algae under laboratory-scale conditions, cyanobacteria have a fourfold greater energy productivity.