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Successful Strategies for Commercial Algae Production

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During Wednesday’s breakout session, World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology attendees had the opportunity to learn about “Successful strategies for commercial algae production”. The session was designed for those attending to hear from both industry and the federal government. Alice Chen, Keller and Heckman, moderated the discussion with Valerie Harmon, Cellana, and Valerie Reed, Department of Energy, Energy Efficient and Renewable Energy (EERE), Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO). Alice Chen provided an introduction to the discussion by Read More >

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DuPont’s CEO receives George Washington Carver Award at BIO World Congress

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Yesterday, Brent Erickson, executive vice president of BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section, presented Ellen Kullman, CEO and Chair of the Board of DuPont, with the 2014 George Washington Carver Award, one of industrial biotechnology’s highest honors. The award ceremony took place during the opening day of the 2014 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology in Philadelphia, PA. The George Washington Carver Award was created to recognize significant contributions by individuals advancing innovation in the field of Read More >

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Commercialization of Drop-in Biofuels

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This morning, World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology attendees had the opportunity to hear about the future of drop-in Biofuels in the Commercialization of Drop-in Biofuels track during Tuesday’s Breakout Sessions. The track was kicked off by moderator and presenter, Glenn Johnston of Gevo who gave an overview of drop-in biofuels and how they are substantially similar to gasoline, diesel, or jet fuels. Because of this drop-ins minimize infrastructure compatibility issues. Johnston then handed the panel Read More >

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Philadelphia Proclaims Energy Independence During BIO’s World Congress

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The BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology began in Philadelphia, with an expected 1,100 attendees from 35 countries coming to the city. The city provided a warm welcome to the attendees, declaring Monday May 12, 2014 “Energy Independence Day.” The official proclamation, signed by the Hon. Michael Nutter, Mayor of Philadelphia, “urge[s] all citizens to be aware of the importance of sustainable energy,” and recognizes Novozymes, who, “with the help of biotechnology, has enabled the Read More >

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Big Oil Asks Congress to Do What the Courts Denied

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“This contention is meritless.” Doesn’t “withstand scrutiny.” “Ignores salient facts.” That was the judgment of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Monroe Energy and PBF Energy’s challenge to the 2013 Renewable Fuel Standard. The companies asked the Court to vacate the entire RFS for 2013, claiming the blendwall makes it impossible for them to comply with the RFS and EPA did not use its waiver authority to reduce biofuel use. “Neither Read More >

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