9 Green Packaging Solutions for Reducing Plastic Waste

They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. There are about 7.7 billion of us consuming our faces off, so if there’s a heap of gold somewhere, we haven’t found it. What we have found are giant swirling patches of garbage in the Pacific Ocean and microplastics throughout the food web – and in […]

9 Startups Taking a Bite Out of Food Waste

We love our food here at Nanalyze. Globalization means that all of our favorite cuisines can be sandwiched onto one urban foodie block. It’s possible to buy tropical fruits like mangosteens in wintry Vancouver or navel oranges in an open-air food market in Thailand. All that food comes with a price, and we’re not just […]

What Happened to the Promise of Biofuels?

Spring is here, and the air is fresh with new hopes and possibilities. We’ll get to those in a minute. First, let’s remind ourselves of one, haunting, apocalyptic reality: we are actually running out of fossil fuels. Also, the burning of those fossil fuels releases gas that traps heat in the Earth’s atmosphere, and scientists […]

Algae Company Joule Merges with Red Rock Biofuels

Imagine being able to use synthetic biology to create a genetically altered organism that uses the sun’s energy to literally sweat ethanol or hydrocarbon fuels. Joule, a company we first wrote about just over 2 years ago, has created such an organism which they are still working to commercialize. Just last week, Joule announced that they have merged […]

3 of Synthetic Biology’s Failing Biofuel Stocks

Synthetic biology is exciting, make no mistake. The first alien life form or “designer organism” was created by Craig Venter in 2010 and now Mr. Venter, a synthetic biology pioneer, is looking to increase human longevity. Another exciting synbio company is Intrexon (XON) with their synthetic biology design platform that can be used to create apples that don’t […]

Investing in Harvest Power Pre-IPO

In the not so recent past, a number of firms have begun offering shares of private companies to qualified investors. Investors can purchase shares in popular startup companies such as Airbnb, Dropbox, Lending Club, and Bloom Energy pre-IPO. Because of low liquidity, shares are subject to availability and prices can be volatile. There is no […]

Cool Planet’s Green Fuels and Biochar Fertilizer

According to a fertilizer industry guide published by Marketline last year, the global fertilizer market had total revenues of $183.3 billion in 2012. Various reports from the Canadian government state that fuel and fertilizer costs accounted for 15%-18% of total Canadian farm expenses in the years 2009 through 2011. Not having to pay for fuel […]

Investing in Renewable Olefins with Global Bioenergies

In an earlier article, we highlighted Joule, a company that is producing hydrocarbon diesel fuel and ethanol directly from sunlight and waste CO2. Audi, the world’s second-biggest maker of luxury cars, and Joule have a partnership through which Audi has acquired exclusive rights to certain of Joule’s patents in the automotive field. While Joule is a private company, […]

Generating Joules with Sunlight and Water

Recently, biofuels have increased in popularity because of rising oil prices and the need for energy security. The International Energy Agency has set a goal for biofuels to meet more than a quarter of world demand for transportation fuels by 2050 in order to reduce our dependence on petroleum and coal. One issue with producing traditional biofuels cost […]

Sapphire Energy leads the way for algae crude

In an earlier article we discussed the merits of Solazyme, a company with technology to turn algae into tailor-made oils, consumable proteins, and algae crude. While Solazyme is more focused on a number of different commercial applications of their technology, Sapphire Energy is only focused on one; the production of algae crude. While Solazyme produces […]