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Equipment Needs to Study Mixing of Fibrous Materials

by Gregory T. Benz Introduction There are many sources of organic fibers that can be used as feedstock for biofuels and renewable chemicals. The author has tested many lignocellulosic materials for fluid flow and mixing characteristics. Examples include corn stover, ground wood, switchgrass, various types of cane, beet pulp, paper mill waste, municipal solid waste […]

Biorefineries: Our Synthetic Biology Future

By Bob Kodrzycki, PhD This is the eighth in a series of articles prepared by the experts at Lee Enterprises Consulting (LEC) who will be speaking at the ABLC 2018 conference in Washington DC, February 28 to March 2.  Definitions are tricky. They tend to change with the times depending on perspective and technology. Take […]

That Was Then. This is Now. The New Economics of Biogas Projects.

By Scott Warfield This is the seventh in a series of articles prepared by the experts at Lee Enterprises Consulting (LEC) who will be speaking at the ABLC 2018 conference in Washington DC, February 28 to March 2. With respect to Susan E. Hinton for the great title, the economics of anaerobic digester projects to […]

Natural Rubber: Viable Industrial Bioeconomy Crop, It’s Going to Be Big

By Katrina Cornish  & Corinne Young This is the sixth in a series of articles prepared by the experts at Lee Enterprises Consulting (LEC) who will be speaking at the ABLC 2018 conference in Washington DC, February 28 to March 2. Challenges and solutions to scale up of unconventional but viable bioeconomy feedstocks Bioenergy/biofuel/platform chemical biomasses, […]

Innovators Dilemma Revisited in Renewable Chemicals and Materials

By Daniel Lane and Joel Stone. Daniel had an interesting discussion recently with his 8-year old son, in which he inadvertently recalled the history of the telephone, backwards. It started with his son finding an old ‘flip’ style cell phone in a box of junk and asking just what one would expect (“What in the […]

Case Study: 1 MW to 3 MW Anaerobic Digester Upgrade in Only 6 Months!

By John D. Forcier, P.E. This is the second in the 8-part series, State of the Advanced Bioeconomy 2018, prepared by experts at Lee Enterprises Consulting (LEC) who will be speaking at the ABLC 2018 conference in Washington DC, February 28 to March 2. Challenges Due to the project location in central Maine, there is a […]

Extraction of Valuable Oils from Algae and Other Plants: Challenges, Oppportunities & Commercial Landscape

By Brian Goodall, PhD This is the first in a 8-part series of articles — the State of the Advanced Bioeconomy 2018 Extracting vegetable oils is both an art and a science, with some being practiced commercially on huge scale (e.g. canola oil, soy oil, corn oil) while others are specialty oils extracted on a […]

Financing: A Guide for the Biofuel Entrepreneurs & Early-Stage Investor

By Dr. Gerald Kutney When you first talk with an early-stage technology biofuel entrepreneur or project promoter, the first thing that you hear about their project is that it has a good return on investment (ROI). The ROI has been calculated by a pro forma, an estimated projection of future cash flow calculated on spreadsheets, […]