Novozymes and Grundfos enter a collaboration to secure access to water

Novozymes Headquarter

Make a direct impact on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 6, aiming at securing universal access to water and sanitation by 2030. This is the scope, when the world’s leading expert in enzymes and microorganisms, Novozymes, and Grundfos, the global leader in advanced pump technologies, enter an open innovation collaboration.

The partnership takes place on HelloScience.io, an online universe launched by Novozymes in September 2017 where entrepreneurs, startups and others can connect with industry.

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Neste will boost its biofuel production capacity in Singapore

Neste’s headquarter in Espoo, Finland

Finnish biofuel producer and oil refiner Neste said on Wednesday  it will boost its biofuel production capacity in Singapore with a bigger-than-expected investment of €1.4 billion (S$2.2 billion).

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Bio-on and Gruppo HERA joined forces to produce PHAs biopolymers using CO2

Marco Astorri, Ceo Bio-on

Bio-on, a global leader in the high quality bioplastic sector, and Gruppo Hera, one of Italy’s largest multi-utility providers, reached an agreement to take 90% and 10% shares respectively (with the possibility of Hera increasing its share to 49.9%) in Lux-on, the new company founded by Bio-on aiming to revolutionise the production of PHAs biopolymers using CO2 captured from the atmosphere and producing energy without using fossil fuels.

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After Brexit, the UK government launches the National Bioeconomy Strategy

Downing Street, London UK

UK is finally on board. The government led by Theresa May launched last week the National Bioeconomy Strategy “Growing the Bioeconomy. Improving lives and strengthening our economy: A National Bioeconomy strategy to 2030”.

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The Most Innovative Bioeconomy CEO 2018 is Jürgen Eck, CEO of BRAIN AG, Germany

Jürgen Eck, CEO of BRAIN AG. Source: BRAIN AG

Our readers have voted: the most innovative bioeconomy CEO 2018 is Jürgen Eck, CEO of BRAIN AG, the industrial biotech company headquartered in Zwingenberg (Germany) which is developing innovative solutions and products for successful applications in chemistry and in the cosmetics and food industries..  He succeeds to Ken Richards (Leaf Resources) and Tony Duncan (Circa Group), respectively most innovative CEO 2016 and 2017, both from Australia.

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Market analysis in the bioeconomy sector

Brussels

Innovation within the bioeconomy needs a deep analysis of the market. We can identify and exploit trends and market needs. This article describes the need for market analysis in the bioeconomy sector, and provides insights on developments in biogas and bioplastics, for future market exploitations.

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KaiCell Fibers makes the bioeconomy protagonist in the Independence Day of Finland

Marisanna Jarva is dressing on  Arbron by KaiCell Fibers

Today is the Independency Day of Finland. And the bioeconomy is one of the protagonists of the celebration: Marisanna Jarva, member of Finnish parliament is dressing on Arbron™, a highly processed and ecologically produced textile fiber raw material that is designed by Finnish company KaiCell Fibers to fulfil the fiber demand in the growing textile industry.

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Total Corbion PLA started-up in Thailand the second-largest PLA bioplastics plant in the world

The plant in Thailand. Source: http://www.total-corbion.com

Total Corbion PLA, a 50/50 joint venture between French oil giant Total and Dutch biochemical company Corbion, yesterday announced the start-up of its 75,000 tons per year PLA (Poly Lactic Acid) bioplastics plant in Rayong, Thailand. The plant has successfully produced Luminy® PLA resins, a bioplastic that provides a valuable contribution towards the circular economy being biobased and biodegradable and offering multiple environmentally-friendly waste solutions.

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The 10 Most Innovative Bioeconomy CEOs in 2018. Now choose the number 1

The bioeconomy is innovation, the result of the skills and passion of researchers and managers able to create value and new high-qualified jobs. At the end of 2014 Il Bioeconomista launched a new initiative: The 10 Most Innovative Bioeconomy CEOs.

We have asked a panel of world bioeconomy experts to tell us the Chief Executive Officers that have stood out as the most innovative during the last year.

Now we ask you to choose the most innovative CEO responding to our survey (open till December 8 at 2 pm, Western European Time).

The most innovative CEO 2016 was Ken Richards (CEO of Leaf Resources)

The most innovative CEO 2017 was Tony Duncan (CEO of Circa Group)

This is the result in 2018 (in alphabetical order)

Catia Bastioli, Novamont (Italy)

Vincent Chornet, Enerkem (Canada)

Veronique de Bruijn, Photanol (Netherlands)

Marc Delcourt, Global Bioenergies (France)

Jürgen Eck, BRAIN AG (Germany)

Jennifer Holmgren, LanzaTech (New Zealand-USA)

E. James Macias, Fulcrum Bioenergy (USA)

David Sudolsky, Anellotech (USA)

Sean Sutcliff, Green Biologics (UK)

Stéfanie Triau, Bioserie (Hong Kong)

 

Trumponomics: Chevron granted waiver from U.S. biofuel laws at Utah plant

EPA in Washington DC

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency granted oil major Chevron Corp a 2017 hardship waiver from U.S. biofuel laws for its Utah refinery earlier this year, according to a source familiar with the company’s operations. This is what the International press agency Reuters makes known.

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