Amyris’s breakthroughs in bioengineering—and its plans to make biofuels from Brazilian sugarcane—promised to transform how the world’s businesses produce energy, cosmetics, and medicine. Then reality (and Wall Street) got in the way.
Scientists have created a biofuel cell that lives inside a snail. It’s not just to be a mad scientist—the snail’s electricity can be used to power tiny video cameras. The next snail you see might be a spy.
In this extended version of the talk from our latest issue, we speak with Jimmy Samartzis, managing director of environmental affairs and sustainability at United Continental about testing biofuels and partnering with biofuel producers.
In this extended version of the talk from our new issue, we speak with Blake Simmons, the VP for deconstruction at the Department of Energy's Joint Bioenergy Institute about competing with the fossil fuel industries, balancing needs for food and fuel, and becoming the Radio Shack of bioenergy.