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Bill Gates, Total Invest $14M in Bioproduct Technology

Microsoft founder Bill Gates and global energy giant Total are investing $14 million to help commercialize a technology that may produce cheaper bioplastics and biofuels. Renmatix’s Platrose technology converts waste biomass to cellulosic sugars, which then can be used as feedstock for chemicals and fuels. This process uses supercritical water … Read more »

Will Dow’s Efforts to Shrink Rio’s Carbon Footprint Win Olympic Gold?

The Olympic Games kick off tonight in Rio and as the official carbon partner of Rio 2016, it’s Dow’s job to mitigate the games’ carbon footprint. It’s a big job. The direct carbon footprint of the games — from operations, facility construction and spectators — is projected to hit 500,000 … Read more »

New York State Could Set a National Trend with its Clean Energy Standard

New York State Could Set a National Trend with its Clean Energy Standard

New York State is moving forward with an idea that could become a harbinger of things to come, nationally. It’s the Clean Energy Standard, which focuses more on producing clean power and less on renewable energy standards.

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Waste-to-Energy: Veolia Boosts Anaerobic Digester’s Performance, Enginuity’s BioCoal Helps Power Plants Meet Emissions Regs

Veolia has signed a contract to boost a Michigan waste-to-energy facility’s performance and Enginuity Worldwide has been awarded a $250,525 grant from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality to develop its BioCoal fuel.

Nike Belgium expansion

Nike Expansion Cuts Supply Chain’s Carbon Footprint

Nike has expanded its European Logistics Campus in Belgium and implemented several new environmental sustainability aspects as part the company’s efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of its supply chain. Campus sustainability features include: 100 percent renewable energy, sourced from five locally generated sources: wind, solar, geothermal, hydroelectric and biomass. … Read more »

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Duke Energy Raises Clean Energy Goal 33%

Duke Energy says it expects to own or purchase 8,000 megawatts of wind, solar and biomass capacity by 2020 — a 33 percent jump from the old goal of 6,000 megawatts established in 2013. The largest utility in the US sets this new goal in its latest sustainability report. At … Read more »

Aemetis Keyes facility

Aemetis Biofuels Plant to Use LanzaTech Waste-to-Fuel, Edeniq Cellulosic Ethanol Technologies

Biofuels company Aemetis will use technologies from LanzaTech and Edeniq at its 60 million gallon per year ethanol production facility in Keyes, California. Aemetis said it acquired carbon recycling company LanzaTech’s waste-to-fuels technology to use at its Keyes facility, which will allow it to convert local California biomass wastes — including … Read more »

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BASF Produces Paint Binders Using Biomass

BASF is producing dispersions for interior paints using renewable raw materials. The German chemical company says the paint binders use the “mass balance process,” which uses biomass instead of fossil raw materials. To manufacture the binders of the Acronal brand, the company replaces 100 percent of the fossil resources used … Read more »