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Lee Enterprises Consulting has assembled a network of consultants with broad expertise in Biomass Power.  In addition to these consultants, we maintain strategic partnerships and working relationships with the world’s top Biomass Power 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 Biomass Power Team

Terry Mazanec (Executive Vice President) - U.S.

Dr. Terry Mazanec has been involved in the renewable fuels and chemicals area for much of his 35 years in R&D.  Terry worked 21 years at BP in alternate energy R&D, and then as Chief Scientist at Velocys for 9 years where he led the team developing microchannel processes for natural gas upgrading and chemicals production, including catalyst development, corrosion resistance, and metals coating.  He has been an independent consultant for the past 5 years serving clients in the USA, Europe, and Asia.  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, chemicals process development, homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, FEMA/risk analysis, and intellectual property protection.

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Gerald Kutney (Senior Advisor to CEO) - Canada

Gerald has a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Toronto and over 15 years of executive management experience with global corporations in technology development and commercialization, biomass economics and procurement, biorefining, bioenergy, and bioproducts. He is a founding member of the Canadian Biochar Initiative and was an Adjunct Professor and Instructor in the Environmental Science Program at the University of Northern British Columbia.  He led the biorefining business of a major forest products company, which included the largest cellulosic ethanol business in North America, a biomass-to-energy CHP facility and an international bioproducts business. Gerald is a published author and his work has resulted in new technological processes, patented inventions and scientific publications. He is Managing Director of Sixth Element Sustainable Management.

Tim Hoy (Director, Biomass Power Division) - Canada

Tim has a background in Electronics Engineering Technology, and is the President of our strategic partner, Clean Energy Consulting. He has 20 years of experience designing and directing projects and is innovative, analytical, and results driven with proven success and a track record in managing multiple large complex projects. Tim’s recent efforts have been focused on small and large scale biomass energy and cogeneration projects (2 MW to 60 MW). His responsibilities have included project concept development, energy sales and generator interconnection agreements, contract development, structuring project plans for financing, estimating, and overall project management.

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.

Andrew Grant (Biomass Conversion, MSW, Gasification, Wood Pellet and Landfill Projects) - U.S.

Andrew has a B.A. and M.A. from Cambridge University and over 35 years’ experience as a manager of biomass conversion projects.  He has been involved in providing guarantees of performance, environmental impact and cost studies, for coal and biomass conversion technologies, and has performed due diligence studies of technologies and of facilities.  Andrew is familiar with a wide range of biomass processing, ranging from wood chips to rice straw to MSW, and is experienced in greenhouse gas reduction and carbon footprinting, in the use of waste biomass, and other emerging technologies.

Andrew performs studies on fuel supplies, new biomass fuels, boiler operation, plant modernization, and assesses a wide range of technologies, and assists developer/owners in managing project scope and costs. He is also available to assist with permitting, interconnection applications and contracting, fuel plans, and the integration of other site facilities.

Charles Loos (Biomass Power Generation, Plant Operations, Project Development, Environmental Permitting) - U.S.

Charles has 35 years of experience in the power industry, including extensive work in the field and overseas. He has deep skills in engineering, operations management, startup, project development and environmental permitting. He has held senior-level engineering management positions at power development companies where he was responsible for the EPC contracting process.  Whether a wood-fired project in timberland, or an industrial cogeneration plant, Charles excels at judging the suitability of a proposed power plant site, with due consideration for technical, operational and environmental factors.

Charles’ operations experience includes both startup and ongoing plant operations. He has served as Plant Engineer at a biomass plant, and Operations Manager in charge of cogeneration plants. He has also been the Startup Manager for the commissioning of several power facilities. As a Plant Engineer, he was responsible for wood fuel handling, ash disposal and front-line operations supervision.

In addition to a balanced background of both operations and development, Charles has a full range of environmental permitting experience. He has prepared numerous permit applications, including several in the challenging California environment. He has also administered and amended permits at existing facilities.

Charles is an accomplished writer with over 20 published articles in fishing and boating magazines.  He brings this skill to his consulting work, preparing clear, concise specifications and reports.

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

Bob Kodryzcki (Biotechnology, Biomass Feedstocks, Biofuels, Emerging Technologies, Project Development, Technical Assessment, Due Diligence) – U.S.

Bob Kodrzycki has 28 years’ experience in synthetic biology, genomics and biofuels in the Ag Tech, Industrial and Renewable sectors. A PhD scientist who understands business, Bob started his career by building industrial R&D programs with an eye on commercialization and later made the transition to business development and supporting the investment community.

He has performed technical and operational due diligence, data verification as well as competitive analysis for investors in biotech. He excels at understanding the critical points within the background sea of information. A skilled manager, Bob provides interim leadership during times of transition and as a fractional CSO to startups. With his deep understanding of how technology and markets interact he has been effective at identifying emerging technology, evaluating markets and adapting them to biotech businesses.

The Principal at Encompass Biotech LLC, Bob has worked in varied situations from Fortune 500 companies to startups. He is active in SCBC, the South Carolina Biomass Council, was involved in developing the SC Clean Power Plan and has acted as industry liaison for several academic consortia to develop commercial-ready technologies. He is an inventor on 12 granted patents and 39 patent applications.

Hong Cui (Biomass fuel processing and thermochemical conversion; Application of bio-coal, bio-char and activated carbon)- U.S.

Hong has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Institute of Coal Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences. After several years conducting post-doctoral research in Japan and USA, he joined a university-affiliated energy institute as a research faculty member. With his solid educational background and working experience on coal chemistry and processing, Hong leverages his understanding and knowledge in renewable energy focusing on alternative fuels and bioenergy technology development. He has expertise in biomass fuel processing, characterization, and evaluation of thermochemical conversion processes. He has working experience in biomass gasification for syngas and hydrogen production, especially R&D in syngas clean-up or conditioning by removing tar, ammonia, sulfur, chloride, cyanide, heavy metals at elevated temperatures. His current research has been focused on processing agriculture waste in an integrated bio-refinery system with CO2 separation, capture, storage and utilization.  Hong has authored more than 50 technical reports and peer-reviewed papers in recognized professional journals.

Hong served on the Executive Committee of the Division of Energy and Fuels, American Chemistry Society and as the Editor/Director of Preprints of Fuel Chemistry (2009-2011) and Preprint of Energy and Fuels (2012-2016).

Thomas Robb (Cellulosic & Other Biomass Projects – project assessment, supply, logistics, feedstock procurement, and risk identification) – U.S.

Tom obtained his PhD from the University of Kentucky.  He is a knowledgeable and proven executive with more than 25 years of leadership experience producing results across diverse industries, including bio-energy, agriculture, pharmaceutical, research, education, government, and animal health. Skilled strategist who has successfully increased organizational value, improved P&L, and implemented positive change through the development of long-range business plans. Strong tactical leader with broad foundation of experience leading nearly every functional area of the business, including operations, business development, research, global supply chain, logistics, client relations, technology, procurement, and risk management. Talented business partner and entrepreneur who has leveraged technical expertise and broad business acumen to build and develop successful businesses.

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.

Grant Lindsay (Biomass Thermal and Power Generation Projects) - Canada

Grant Lindsay has Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering, and is the Principle of WGL Technical. He is a senior consultant with over 25 years of experience in the bio-energy, power generation, and renewable energy fields. With his background in mechanical engineering and process design, Grant has led multi-disciplined teams on biomass thermal and power generation projects from the initial development to the final commissioning on numerous biomass projects from 2 MW to 50 MW. His projects have ranged from studies to full design of large scale thermal oil / ORC / Biomass power generation facilities, heat recovery power generation, and biomass fired steam facilities.

Patrick Olivier (Forestry Biomass & Bioenergy Project) - Canada

Patrick Olivier has a B.Sc. in Forestry from the University of Stellenbosch and an MBA from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He is a hands-on leader with over 30 years of experience in a variety of project management and operational roles in the forest products industry. On the project development team with our strategic partner, Clean Energy Consulting, Patrick is responsible for assessing opportunities, developing business plans, and building economic models. His background in forestry, residuals and plant operations bring real world expertise to bear as projects are being developed. Patrick has recently worked on a 36 MW biomass power plant and business plans for biomass power and biofuels projects.

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.

Alan Jacobson (Biomass Power, Feedstock Availability, Infrastructure Development, 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.

Zoltan Kish (Technical Due Diligence, Waste-to-Energy, Waste-to-Gas, & Gas-to-Liquid, Gasification, Pyrolysis, Biomass, & Biochar) - 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.

Alan Martin (Power Generation, Pulp & Paper, Forestry, Mining, Oil Sands, Aquaculture, and Environmental industries) - Canada

Alan leads and manages the Vancouver office of our strategic partner, Clean Energy Consulting. He has B.A.Sc., Bio Resource Engineering and is a Professional Project Engineer and Manager with 24 years’ experience. Alan excels at conducting in depth systems research and providing optimal engineering solutions; with proven success at leading and managing engineering and business teams. Alan has a proven track record of exceeding client expectations, understanding the needs of all stakeholders, and providing viable solutions within challenging project budget and schedule constraints.

Jess Hewitt (Isobutanol & Fuel Additives) - U.S.

Jess received his B.S. in Economics from the University of Houston in 1980.  He is the Chairman of Gulf Hydrocarbon, the premier provider of biodiesel to the petroleum industry. Jess has over 30 years’ experience in the energy industry.  He is a former member of the National Biodiesel Board and the immediate past Chairman of its Marketing Committee.  He served as President of the Biodiesel Coalition of Texas and on the advisory board for the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX).  He is a member of the ASTM committee governing petroleum products/biodiesel. He is a top authority on RINS, and directs our RIN consulting and offtake operations.  Jess also handles our isobutanol projects – marketing, fuels registration for EPA, RFS2 registration, and assistance with manufacturing and importer registration with the EPA and  IRS.

Kenny Hallacy (Insurance) – U.S.

Kenny has an M.B.A. from Georgia Southern University and a B.A. in Accounting & Marketing from Pittsburg State University. He has spent his career in various roles with two utility contractors while simultaneously serving as an officer in the Army National Guard. Kenny is presently a renewables focused Business Development & Risk Manager for IMA, the largest employee-owned insurance & benefits brokerage in the country. He travels the country working on reducing renewable organizations total cost of risk.