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McDonald's packaging

6 Sustainable Packaging Trends to Watch in 2016

McDonald’s rolled out its new packaging this month along with a pledge to source 100 percent of all fiber-based packaging from recycled or certified sources by 2020. This follows the fast-food chain’s November announcement that its centrally purchased packaging in Europe is 100 percent sustainably sourced. This includes cartons, cups, … Read more »

Alaska Air

First-Ever Test Flight Powered by Wood Waste

Gevo’s technology to make jet fuel from cellulosic wood waste will be used in demonstration flight sponsored by Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance and Alaska Airlines. The company’s fermentation technology allows it to produce isobutanol from cellulosic feedstocks such as wood waste, which can then be converted into alcohol-to-jet fuel. This … Read more »

Biofuel Developers Can Thrive Despite Cheap Oil

Biofuel Developers Can Thrive Despite Cheap Oil

Renewable diesel producers Neste Oil and Diamond Green Diesel, gasification specialist Red Rock Biofuels, and Edeniq, which makes cellulosic ethanol, were among 13 producers of alternative fuels best positioned to compete with cheap oil, according a report from Lux Research. How Alternative Fuel Companies Will Compete with $50 Oil evaluated … Read more »

green technology

Biobased Materials, Chemicals Funding on the Rise

The biobased materials and chemicals industry is poised to attract nearly $1 billion in investment this year, led notably by later-stage funding rounds, according to Lux Research. The estimated $974 million investment represents a 28 percent increase from 2013, suggesting companies that endured the waves of economic disruption have gained … Read more »

UL Approves Isobutanol for UL 87A Pumps

Gevo has confirmed that Underwriters Laboratories (UL) has approved the generic use of up to 16 percent isobutanol in UL 87A pumps by any manufacturer meeting ASTM specifications, providing all of the service stations across the country with the assurance that isobutanol blended gasoline will work in their current gasoline … Read more »

jet fuel

FAA, Airlines, Universities to Develop Cleaner Jet Fuels

The Federal Aviation Administration has selected a team of universities to lead a new Air Transportation Center of Excellence (COE) that aims to benefit airlines by developing cleaner jet fuels and exploring other ways to meet next-generation air transportation environmental and energy goals. Led by Washington State University and the … Read more »

Bio-Tec

Bio-Tec Patents Environmentally Friendly Plastic Method

Bio-Tec Environmental has patented a method of creating a layered polymeric plastic or composite. The biodegradable-plastics company has been granted US Patent 8,222,316 and foreign equivalents for this process. Products that combine the patented method with Bio-Tec’s patent-pending formulations are under development, the company says. Bio-Tec has also received a … Read more »

Gevo

Gevo, Coke, Toray Partner on Renewable PET Technology

Gevo, with support from the Coca-Cola Company and Japanese chemical giant Toray Industries, has opened a demonstration-scale paraxylene plant in Silsbee, Texas. The paraxylene facility is located adjacent to the renewable chemicals and biofuels firm’s existing jet fuel plant in Silsbee. Gevo says it establishes the site as a biorefinery … Read more »

Alternative Fuel Technologies ‘Can Produce $75 per Barrel Gasoline’

Alternative Fuel Technologies ‘Can Produce $75 per Barrel Gasoline’

With crude oil price projected to top $140 per barrel by 2035, alternative fuel technologies, which can produce gasoline at the equivalent of $75 per barrel, will rise, according to a Lux Research report. Bringing the Heat: Gas- and Waste-derived Synfuels, says the price disparity between crude oil and other … Read more »

Alaska Air biofuel flights

Alternative Fuels Power Alaska Airlines, Coast Guard Ships

Alaska Airlines says it will begin using biofuel to power its Hawaii flights as soon as 2018. The airline has signed an agreement with Hawai`i BioEnergy, a consortium of three of Hawaii’s largest landowners and three venture capital companies that plan to use locally grown feedstocks to produce biofuels. Hawai`i … Read more »

Amyris, Poet, Gevo Leaders in Alternative Fuels, Report Says

Amyris, Poet, Gevo Leaders in Alternative Fuels, Report Says

Alternative fuel developers face a make-or-break year as leading companies, such as Amyris, Poet, Solazyme, Gevo, Novozymes and Mendel, race to show substantial revenue, according to a report by Lux Research. The report, “Leading Alternative Fuel Developers Race to Real Revenue in 2013,” said companies that lag behind will suffer … Read more »

Enphase Energy, Kior added to Nasdaq Clean Edge Green Energy Index

Enphase Energy and biofuels company Kior have been added to the Nasdaq Clean Edge Green Energy Index, while 14 companies including Suntech Power Holdings, FuelCell Energy, Echelon Corporation and LDK Solar have been removed, effective prior to market open on Monday, Sept. 24. The Green Energy Index, designed to track … Read more »