Technical University of Dortmund researchers discovered a method to grow low-nicotine tobacco plants via CRISPR. The team, which reported their findings in Plant Biotechnology Journal, deactivated six enzymes involved in the plant's nicotine production, leading to a 99.7% reduction in the amount of the stimulant.
Massachusetts-based KnipBio has swapped out methanol in favor of ethanol byproduct condensed distillers' solubles as its feedstock to generate its single-cell protein aquafeed ingredient. The feed ingredient startup said the new feedstock increases production flexibility and generates a product that is similar to the earlier formulation.
UK blade maintenance group GEV Wind Power has decided to base its US operations in Quonset, R.I. "It's important that Rhode Island become a hub for the operations and maintenance activity in the region because this will be an important strand of activity," state Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor says.
Vestas turbine blades for a PacifiCorp repowering project in Washington are heading through Astoria, Ore., and up the Columbia River. The blades, which were manufactured in Taranto, Italy, are bound for the Marengo Wind Project near Dayton, Wash.
General Electric Renewable Energy is shipping components for its 12-megawatt Haliade-X prototype to the Netherlands. The turbine tower has arrived, marking the first time the equipment has been seen outside GE's factory in France.
Sandia National Labs has developed a crawling robot that inspects turbine blades both visually and using ultrasonic imaging. The technology improves safety for human workers and can detect internal issues before surface damage appears.
The UK Treasury received a record $437 million in income from the Crown Estate, largely due to new offshore wind projects in the UK. The property company oversees an installed wind capacity of 7.7 gigawatts.
Illinois isn't on track to meet its 25% by 2025 renewables goal, according to the Illinois Power Agency. Lawmakers can help right the situation by passing policies that increase funding for renewables.
Carrinet has created a reusable fruit and vegetable bag made completely from recycled plastic bottles that it says can keep produce fresh for longer periods of time. The company says that its Veggio bags provide consumers with a convenient alternative to the free plastic bags offered in supermarkets.
European importers are unlikely to meet a 2020 deadline for insuring that they use only sustainable palm oil, according to the Palm Oil Transparency Coalition, which says it is difficult to trace the product to its source plantation. Meanwhile, observers say that helping small shareholders adopt better practices is key to making palm oil sustainable, and that effort has to include assistance with the costs of gaining sustainability certification.
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