A researcher from Lund University has produced a bioplastic using indole, which is present in human feces. The indole polyesters have proven to be more durable than both other bioplastics and regular plastics in preliminary trials, which could indicate expanded recycling possibilities.
Covestro will introduce its new line of biobased polyurethane film products, the Baycusan eco series, at a Parisian trade fair this week. Baycusan eco E 1000, the first product in the line, is made from nearly 60% renewable raw materials.
Ineos Bio put up for sale assets from its 8 million gallon per year cellulosic ethanol plant and 6-megawatt bioenergy plant in Vero Beach, Fla., through a timed auction that ended on Tuesday. The plant turned cellulosic waste into ethanol using gas fermentation and integrated biomass gasification.
Logum Logistica has been awarded $487.8 million by the Brazilian Development Bank to fund the expansion of an ethanol pipeline and storage infrastructure. The project is anticipated to be complete in 2021 and will expand the ethanol capacity from 2.5 billion to more than 8 billion liters per year.
Synthetic biology and next-generation sequencing target enrichment company Arbor Biosciences has teamed with the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium to form a standardized exome committee for research and development to help the organization create a gold-standard reference genome for the Chinese Spring bread wheat variety. Arbor also looks to streamline data analysis and provide consistency by working on a robust bioinformatics pipeline of the exome.
The biodegradable plastics industry is expected to grow 19.3% through 2026, according to forecasters. PepsiCo and Danimer Scientific were presented with the Plastics Industry Association's Innovation in Bioplastics Award last year for PepsiCo's bio-based flexible packaging that can be composted at an industrial level.
Perfect Day founder Ryan Pandya says his lab-grown dairy proteins are helping create dairy-free products that have characteristics identical to milk, but they use 98% less water and 65% less energy during production than traditional dairy farming. The company aims to bring its dairy-free whey protein and casein to market before the end of 2019.
Scientists at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland have created a process that converts forestry waste, sawdust and bark into transport fuels and chemicals using the center's small-scale industrial syntheses, simplified gas purification and low-pressure, low-temperature steam gasification technology. The technique enables the conversion of around 55% of the energy content into fuels and the use of up to 25% for heating or industrial steam, leading to carbon emissions reduction of around 90%, in comparison with fossil fuels.
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