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Lee Enterprises Consulting has assembled a network of consultants with broad expertise in Biogas and Anaerobic Digestion.  In addition to these consultants, we maintain strategic partnerships and working relationships with the world’s top Biogas and Anaerobic Digestion professionals, technologies, and businesses.  Our number of consultants offers great breadth and depth as the premier Bio-economy consulting group with a team approach; and it is our combined talent and expertise that offers comprehensive project support and business advice.

 

Meet Our Biogas/AD Team

Joel Stone (Executive Vice President) - U.S.

Joel Stone is the President of ConVergInce Advisers and has been a long term visionary and respected leader in commercialization of industrial biotechnology. Joel is the former President of Green Biologics Inc. where he led the development of the commercial platform of the company in North America for renewable n-butanol for use in the renewable chemical markets and ultimately “Advanced” biofuels. He now serves as President and Founder of ConVergInce Advisers and offers adviser services for industrial biotechnology companies including Green Biologics Limited based in Abingdon, England. Prior to the merger in 2011 with Green Biologics, Joel was CEO of butylfuel™ Inc.   Previously he was responsible for leading Osage Bio Energy in establishing new product and business opportunities where as the company Chief Operations Officer he was instrumental in ushering BioRefining to the forefront of biofuel facilities. Joel has served as the Chief Operating Officer for both AS Alliances Biofuels LLC and previously Abengoa Bioenergy Corporation. During his tenure with ASAlliances, Joel’s accomplishments included the planning, construction, and startup of three 100 MMGPY fuel grade ethanol plants. Mr. Stone provided operations leadership as Vice President of Operations of Balchem Corporation, a manufacturer of controlled release food ingredients and animal feed nutrients; and 11 years as Vice President of Operations for Opta Food Ingredients, a developer and manufacturer of functional starch, protein, and fiber ingredients. Earlier in his career Joel served as Director of Manufacturing for Genencor, a biotechnology developer and manufacturer of food and industrial grade enzymes. During the 1980’s Mr. Stone provided leadership in the design, startup, and operation of three fuel ethanol facilities. Mr. Stone holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic University; and an M.S. in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Joel was a previous Board Member of Green Biologics and presently serves on the Technical Advisory Board for the BioRenewable Deployment Consortium.

John Forcier (Biogas/AD) - U.S.

John has a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Vermont, and has more than 43 years of experience in the planning, design, permitting and construction of small through multi-million dollar municipal and private renewable energy, biogas, anaerobic digester, wastewater and composting projects throughout the eastern U.S.A. He is President of our strategic partner, Forcier Consulting Engineers, PC and was honored as the Vermont Engineer of the Year in 2000 and was inducted into Tau Beta Pi as an Eminent Engineer in 1999.  His unique experience includes 19 years in the construction industry as project manager, estimator, CPM scheduler and construction manager and 24 years in consulting engineering as the CEO, design and construction project manager and project principal. His related anaerobic digester/biogas experience includes farm-based, commercial, industrial, municipal and wastewater treatment facility systems utilizing biosolids, manures, food waste, glycerin, SSO, DAF and FOG with electrical outputs from 190 kWe to 1 MWe and thermal energy to 3.7 MMBTU/h. John is a Professional Engineer and has provided presentations on renewable energy, anaerobic digesters and biogas at several renewable energy conferences and Universities.

Terry Mazanec (Biogas Upgrading, Risk Analysis, Intellectual Property) - U.S.

Terry has a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from The Ohio State University under the direction of Prof Devon Meek.  He conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He has been involved in the renewable fuels and chemicals area for much of his 35 years in R&D.  Terry invented the Oxygen Transport Membrane process for the in situ separation of oxygen from air for the production of syngas from natural gas, and led a multinational industrial technical team to develop and scale up the process.  He has authored 20 refereed publications and has been granted more than 60 US Patents as well as numerous international patents. He has experience in biomass upgrading, natural gas conversion, solid oxide fuel cells, algae production, and chemicals process development.  Terry worked at BP for over twenty years.  Later, as interim CTO of Anellotech, Terry directed R&D and developed intellectual property for Anellotech’s proprietary biomass to aromatics process. Then as Chief Scientist at Velocys, he led the team developing microchannel processes for natural gas upgrading and chemicals production, including catalyst development, corrosion resistance, and metals coating.

Scott Warfield (Anaerobic Digesters, Renewable Chemicals & Ethanol, Biomass Power) - U.S.

Scott is an executive manager and leader with more than 35 years of leadership experience in engineering, construction and facilities operations in several industries including defense and government, manufacturing, semiconductor production, power generation, electrical substations, renewable energy, waste to energy, anaerobic digesters and waste treatment, ethanol and most recently construction of the first commercial scale acetone and butanol (ABE) production facility.  His professional career has spanned Europe, the Caribbean, Australia, Asia and North America including most of the United States.

Scott earned his degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1981 and his MBA from Webster University in 1998.  He was formerly a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas.  Scott has been nationally recognized by the U.S. Departments of Energy and the U.S. Department of Agriculture for his expertise in renewable energy technologies and has been a guest speaker and panelist at numerous renewable energy conferences.  He also served on joint EPRI and Sematech industry councils to improve power quality for the semiconductor industry.  Scott has been the recipient of three national awards for excellence in EPC construction.

Mark Farrer (Biodiesel; Biogas/AD) - U.S.

Mark earned his degree in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1993. He has been involved in many aspects of biodiesel since 2003. His work includes research and development of new production methods and processes, including one of the first commercial applications of a solid catalyst used in biodiesel production. Mark has designed process equipment and managed the entire process of constructing of biodiesel plants. This work included the process engineering, project management of the equipment fabrication and facility construction. Mark also commissioned and led the operations for two separate biodiesel facilities as General Manager and Director of Operations, respectively. Mark continued working with other remote facilities to provide technical expertise for engineering and operations improvement and troubleshooting. Mark has led the effort working with other consultants to secure BQ-9000 accreditation for multiple biodiesel facilities. This included the needed training for the staff to follow the required operation and laboratory procedures.

Mark’s knowledge and expertise in biodiesel includes process engineering, operations, staffing, laboratory analyses, feedstock sourcing and biodiesel sales.

In addition to Mark’s experience in biodiesel, he also has experience in biogas production and processing, water and wastewater treatment, natural gas processing including refrigeration, separation and liquids fractionation / distillation, and glycerin refining.

Susan Olson – (Biogas, Renewable Electricity) - U.S.

Susan has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Evansville and a Ph.D. in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. After post-doctoral research with the Office of Naval Research, she led design-build-test stages of the Main Fuel Throttle Valve (MFTV) for the Joint Strike Fighter for Honeywell before coming to Genscape, where she serves as the Vice President of Analytical Research and Development. Her current focus is developing proprietary information services for the agricultural commodities and renewable fuels markets using monitoring technology and analytics. She leads the company’s RIN Integrity Network™.

Hugh McLaughlin (Biochar, Pyrolysis, Activated Carbons) - U.S.

Hugh McLaughlin

Hugh has a B.S. in Chemistry from Harvey Mudd College, an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of So. California, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a registered professional engineer in Massachusetts. Hugh is a recognized technical/technology expert in biochar and activated carbon, having designed and commercialized patented technologies for their production. He is a leading authority on biochar properties and characterization.  In addition to a consulting career in activated carbon, Hugh was the director of biochar research for an emerging pyrolysis venture in Canada.  He continues to have a high profile in the biochar research community, having written several publications and authored three chapters in the book, “The Biochar Revolution”. Hugh has over thirty years experience in process chemistry and engineering, industrial R&D, and scale-up of new technologies.

Douglas Bradley (Biomass Supply Chains, Biomass Markets, Project Evaluation of Pyrolysis Oil, Torrefied Wood, Business Plan Development) - Canada

Douglas has a B.Sc. (Honours, Mathematics) from Queen’s University, and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business. He has 30+ years’ experience in oil & gas, banking, and forest products. He was Director-Strategic Planning for a major forest products company 1990-2002, where he evaluated investments up to $1.5 billion, and became an expert in forest carbon sequestration of forest management activities. Since 2002 he has consulted in bioenergy and climate change issues with clients in the EU, Canada, and the US. He was for  7 years the Canadian rep on IEA Bioenergy Task 40- Bio-trade, where he was key author on studies of long distance supply chains, and BioTrade financing. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the World Bioenergy Association. In 2007-2013 he was part-time President of the Canadian Bioenergy Association where he grew association revenues 7-fold, led 17 trade missions to Europe and Asia, and organized 20+ bioenergy conferences from coast to coast. He is now working with partners to develop a $200 million BioTrade Fund to invest in biomass plants and associated supply chains worldwide to bring densified biomass competitively to European and Asian markets. 

Damiana Serafini (Sustainable Alternative Fuels for Aviation, Anaerobic Digestion, Sustainability Biomaterials Certification, Sustainable Waste Management) - Spain

Damiana has a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Safety and Health and a Master’s Degree in Agriculture and Resource Economics from the University of Connecticut, and is currently pursuing an MBA at the Buenos Aires Institute of Technology (Instituto Technologico de Buenos Aires – ITBA). Her work includes more than 17 years of experience in sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), including feedstock production and selection, processing technology, supply chain, quality and sustainability certification, policy, and carbon trading schemes.  She has collaborated with IATA on quantifying the challenges associated with adopting a sustainability certification standard for biofuel production. Damiana also leads the development of a strategic roadmap for the successful deployment of SAF for aviation for Trinidad and Tobago in collaboration with the International Civil Aviation Organization, a division of the United Nations.

Damiana acquired public sector experience as the Director of General of Environment & Energy Efficiency for Vicente López County Office in Buenos Aires, Argentina. During her time in office, she developed and deployed public programs on waste management, water conservation, urban agriculture and energy efficiency. Damiana has also helped develop the biogas industry in Argentina, conducting R&D studies on the potential for power generation via anaerobic digestion processes using animal and agricultural waste as feedstock for the Province of Buenos Aires, a study funded by the Inter-American Development Bank, for the benefit of the Organismo Provincial de Desarrollo Sostenible, Argentina.

Angela Fivga (Process Simulation & Economic Feasibility Studies, Waste to Energy) - New Zealand

Angela received her BEng and MEng. Mechanical Engineering (specializing in Management of Renewable Energy Resources) from the University of Western Macedonia in Greece. She received her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry from Aston University, UK. She is a mechanical and chemical engineer with a strong background in pyrolysis, biomass, plastic waste management, and thermochemical conversion technologies. Her Ph.D. thesis contributed to the EC Biosynergy project, which evaluated bio-refineries for transport fuels.  In addition her many research activities, she has experience with process design, PFD, P&ID, HAZOP and techno-economic simulations using HYSYS Aspen, and has worked on the development and optimization of both small, and large pyrolysis systems (including establishing design and operating parameters for commercial versions of prototype systems).  Her most recent work has been as the head of R&D for Recycling Technologies, where she focused on enabling mixed plastic waste to be converted to heavy fuel substitutes and refined feedstock for plastics production.

Mindy Collier (Grants) - U.S.

Mindy has a B.A. from Indiana State University and an M.A. in Planning & Management from Indiana University.  She is the founder and President of Collier & Associates and has over 25 years of consulting experience, including “hands on” experience in biodiesel plants.  Mindy is also an experienced grant writer and has successfully written grants for solar, biodiesel and other alternative fuels projects.  She works with our clients in identifying and writing all types of alternative and renewable grants.   For our biodiesel clients, she is available to direct the setup, monitoring and tracking of data for EPA and IRS reporting, RIN generation, tax incentives, and the purchasing of process chemicals and feedstock.

John Diecker (Southeast Asia Projects) - Southeast Asia

John Diecker

John holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering and an MS degree in Environmental Engineering from  the University of Missouri–Rolla along with an MS degree in International Business Administration from Kennedy-Western University.  He has thirty eight years of experience in the electric power generation and transmission industry with over three decades of that experience in Southeast Asia.  John has served as a technical, project management and project development consultant to power project owners, developers and contractors.  He has consulted extensively to governments, state-owned enterprises, financial institutions and insurance firms.   John has been involved with many types of renewable energy projects and his experience with biomass includes virtually all stages of project development from site selection, engineering, feasibility studies, fuel availability studies, environmental and community impact review, licensing, permitting and construction supervision through operations & maintenance.  He has particular expertise with grid connection and system integration issues.  John is a Senior Member of IEEE and Managing Director of APT Consulting Group Co., Ltd., a Thailand-based engineering, planning and consulting firm.

Terry Podgorski, ASA (Machinery and Equipment Appraisals) - U.S.

Terry holds a BA, Magna Cum Laude, from Grand Valley State University and has over 23 years’ experience as a machinery and equipment appraiser.  He has considerable experience in manufacturing including chief operating officer and plant manager.  He is an Accredited Senior Appraiser of the American Society of Appraisers and holds a Machinery and Technical Specialties designation.  He owns Machinery Valuation Specialists, LLC, based in Holland, Michigan.  He has performed hundreds of machinery and equipment appraisals, including many in alternative fuels and other energy related fields.  His appraisals have been used for a variety of purposes including financing, tax, accounting, insurance, buying and selling, litigation support, and auctions.  He also consults and assists companies and financial institutions with the selling and disposition of assets.

Michael Wild (Biomass Torrefaction, Biomass Supply Chain , Municipal Energy Planning) - Austria

Michael is an economist and engineer by education.  He has been active in renewable energies during his 26 year professional career and is President of the International Biomass Torrefaction Council (IBTC). He pioneered biomass fired district heating systems in Austria and conversion of coal fired systems to biomass in former socialist countries.  Michael started the first internet based biomass trading platform (ABEX) in 1999, and for over a decade, led the international biomass trading company, EBES, in creating numerous intercontinental supply chains for palm kernel shell, pellets and wood chips.  Since 2007, he has been a world leader in torrefaction technology development, supporting producers and trading houses in the US, Eastern Europe, Russia and Malaysia developing their trade into Europe.

Alan Jacobson (Contracting, Procurement Monitoring and Financing Due Diligence) - U.S.

Alan offers extensive biomass-to-energy expertise. During the past thirty years, Alan has specialized in biomass availability and cost studies of agricultural residues, urban wood residues, forest residues, and sawmill and remanufacturing residues for financial institutions and project developers. These studies have been conducted in the states of California, Montana, Oregon, New York, North Carolina, Michigan, Maine, Illinois, Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Hawaii, Florida, Washington, Alaska, Arkansas, the Country of Tanzania, Africa, the Provinces of British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Alberta, and throughout the Country of Italy.

Alan has extensive experience developing the infrastructure required to collect, process and transport all types of biomass, in negotiating long-term biomass fuel supply contracts, and in biomass fuel handling and inventory management. Alan was responsible for the procurement of wood fuel for the first stand–alone biomass power plants in northern California.  Alan has also prepared biomass feedstock supply plans and negotiated contracts for delivery of rice straw and wood waste to potential ethanol projects.

Alan has qualified as an expert witness in litigation of biomass facilities. Alan has a diverse professional forestry background in California, Oregon and Idaho spanning sixteen years of managing timberlands and procuring raw materials for sawmills.

Elham Khaghani (Middle East Projects, Pyrolysis, Plastics, Microwave Energy) - Middle East

Elham holds a B.Sc degree in Chemical Engineering, a M.Sc degree in Petroleum Engineering, and a PhD in Chemical engineering.  She has studied microwave pyrolysis of plastics including mathematical modelling, kinetic studies, thermochemical process design, and reactor and heat exchanger design. She is a process/chemical engineer involved in multidisciplinary projects, and supported R&D teams in biomass pyrolysis. Elham has experience in process design simulation, feasibility studies, preliminary and detailed designs, equipment sizing, engineering reviews of P&IDs, PFDs, PSFS and Hazardous area drawings, and associated reports (Basis of Design, Technical Notes and Queries, Design Reviews, HAZOPs).

Anju Krivov (Biogas. Anaerobic Digestion, Biomass, Waste to Energy) - U.S.

Anju has a Ph.D. in Zoology and Environmental Pollution and is President and Chief Science and Technology officer of GSR Solutions LLC, currently focused on creating valued byproducts production from waste streams utilizing biomass such as algae. She is also affiliated with the University of Vermont as a Biofuels Instructor where she directs ‘Waste to Energy’ the ‘Bioenergy – Biomass to Biofuels’ programs that bring together professionals from both public & private sectors for experiential learning. At GSR, she has been leading one of the three Farm to Fly F2F2 national level initiatives supported by the US Department of Agriculture and supply chain partners. She led several other waste to energy projects supported by US Department of Energy, US Department of Agriculture, US Environmental Protection Agency; EPSCoR; National Science Foundation, NASA, and several state initiatives and stakeholders for production of algae biofuel and by-products integrated with waste management for cost-efficiency. Dr. Krivov is an advisor to the Buckminster Fuller challenge program.  Her work has been featured in television, radio and print, and she is a frequently invited speaker at conferences, state programs, and workshops. She published a definitive College textbook, “Bioenergy – Biomass to Biofuels” with Elsevier Science marketed by leading booksellers. She continues to explore novel ways for realizing the long term energy goals.

Zoltan Kish (Waste-to-Energy, Gas-to-Energy, & Liquid-to-Gas Technologies, Advanced Materials) - Canada

Zoltan Kish received his Ph.D. in Chemistry/Materials Science from the N. S. Kurnakov Institute of General & Inorganic Chemistry, Academy of Sciences in Moscow, Russia. He has over 25 years of diverse industrial and academic experience and has authored 75 scientific publications, including a book, 2 patented inventions, 4 monographs, and 68 Articles and Abstracts of Papers.

Dr. Kish is fluent in English, Hungarian, Russian, and Ukrainian. He has been the Director of Research & Development at two major Canadian energy companies, where he focused on Waste-to-Gas & Gas-to-Liquids technologies, gasification & pyrolysis of biomass, municipal solid waste reformation into syngas, unique scrubbing and gas cleaning systems, mass & energy balances, process modeling & optimization, clean energy, catalysts, and gas chemistry for power generation and higher value products, such as hydrogen, synthetic liquid biofuels and chemicals.

He also contributed to the advanced materials developments for many fields of applications, such as CleanTech, ceramic engine components, materials processing, and electronics. Dr. Kish provides science and technology assessments and technical due diligence in the fields of Clean Technologies & Energy, Materials Science, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Sustainable Products, and Advanced Materials Applications. He works as a consultant for Lee Enterprises Consulting and he is Principal and Owner of Quasar ScienceTech in Canada.