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The Italian fashion label dreams up eco-friendly glasses made out of a biodegradable superwood.
Lignin is tough stuff, but Washington University has a way to turn at least some of it into fuel.
Startup Virdia raises funds to test making sugar from wood chips, making it one of many companies trying to create sugars from non-food sources for chemicals, biofuel, or animal feed.
Converting seaweed sugar to fuel sidesteps land-use and fresh-water issues posed by conventional biofuels, Bio Architecture Lab argues.
Researchers develop highly degradable sugar-based polymer for plastic from non-food biomass.
Nobody wants garbage, so why not make ethanol out of it? Company aims to set up series of small ethanol refineries at landfills.
Cellulosic ethanol specialist start-up to build plants in Michigan, New York and Tennessee, with plans to experiment with different feedstocks.
ZeaChem devises a process in which a microbe from termite guts converts plant matter into acetic acid. The acid is then turned into fuel.
Here is Coskata's business plan in a nutshell: take garbage, make gas out of it, and feed it to microbes. Then a big company pays you to teach them how to do it.
Biofuels are under attack for environmental and economic reasons. GM and biofuel firms counter that low-cost ethanol from sustainable growth is coming soon.