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BIODIESEL

Our network of biodiesel experts collaborate on client projects to deliver a valuable solution or advice. Below is a short list of our typical biodiesel engagements.  Click here for a complete list of all our services.

Feedstock Evaluation, Procurement, & Financing.  Evaluate the costs, benefits, and risks of feedstock to allow for informed decisions to maximize financial reward and minimize risks. Provide feedstock procurement, financing, and hedging to biodiesel and ethanol plants.

 Marketing.   Assist biodiesel producers in securing long term off take agreements and negotiating resulting contracts.

RIN Training, Marketing, and Assessment.    Among other activities, our consultants train plant personnel in the documentation and registration of RINs per US-EPA requirements, find buyers for RINS for production plants, and assess the value of RINs from renewable processes.

Tax Credit Assistance.  Assist clients in several countries in the application for and securing of state and federal biodiesel tax credits.

Expert Witness.  Legal quarrels about licensing, patent infringement, and contract terms can cost millions or even bankrupt companies.  Many of our experts have evaluated disputes within their specialty, developed legal strategies, and testified as expert witnesses on a wide variety of biomass and bioenergy projects.

Plant Siting, Design, & Construction.  Develop projects to increase process and materials efficiency while minimizing costs.  Provide project and construction assistance and frank evaluation during design, site selection, construction, commissioning, and startup of either new plants or retro-fits.

Technology Vetting.  In response to environmental and regulatory challenges, many Biomass/Waste-to-Biodiesel technologies, including cooking oil upgrading, plant oil extraction, glycerin purification, and transesterification, are evaluated to optimize energy and materials efficiency and economic viability.

 

REPRESENTATIVE ENGAGEMENTS:

Asset Appraisals – Biodiesel & Wood Pellet Bills – U.S. & Canada – Conducted appraisals of biodiesel plants and pellet mills.

ASTM Guideline Consulting – Biodiesel – U.S. – Low cost sampling and testing program to meet ASTM guidelines for biodiesel

Biodiesel Plant Business Case Development – Canada – Technology assessment and business case development for a 15 million gallons per year biodiesel facility using forest residuals for feedstock. Included identification of technology suitable for non-recourse debt financing, development of capital and operating costs, feedstock assessment, and market analysis.

Consulting – Biodiesel – Worldwide – Provided consulting services to biodiesel plants across the world on glycerin purification, transesterification, and oil extraction.

EPA and IRS Plant Registrations – Biodiesel – U.S. and Canada – Assisted renewable fuels plants in fulfilling the requirements for, and filing the appropriated documentation for, required IRS, EPA and state registrations.

Executive Recruiting – U.S. – Specialized recruitment to source professionals (plant managers, chemists and other professionals) at various locations in U.S.

Expert Witness Evaluation and Testimony – Worldwide – Many of our experts have evaluated matters within their specialty and testified as expert witnesses on a wide variety of biomass and bioenergy projects.

Feasibility Study – Bioenergy & Biofuels –U.S. – Conducted a wide variety of feasibility studies, grant searches and grant applications, including Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), and Rural Development Grants and U.S.D.A. feasibility studies many types of alternative fuels and biomass companies.

Feasibility Study – Cruise Ship Biofuels – U.S. – Assisted major cruise line in assessing the viability of using biofuels in ocean going cruise ships.

Feasibility Study – Enzymatic Biofuels – U.S. – Reviewed the feasibility of the use of enzymatic biofuels production for U.S. producer.

Feedstock Evaluation – U.S. – Evaluated the costs, benefits and risks of feedstock for international company to allow for informed decisions as to best and highest use.

Feedstock Procurement & Financing – Biodiesel – U.S. – Provide feedstock procurement, financing and hedging to biodiesel and ethanol plants. We can lock in forward margins via hedging instruments and can assist plants with working capital by offering feedstock finance programs where feedstock is funded until it is converted to fuel.

Insurance – Biodiesel Plants – U.S. – Provided various insurance coverages for biodiesel facilities in the U.S.

Insurance – Logistics – U.S. – Designed and developed insurance program for railroad physical damage with broadened coverage, terms and conditions built for railcar and locomotive equipment at significant reduction of pricing, Can choose deductibles and valuation method. Credits available for loss experience.

Marketing – Biodiesel U.S. and Canada – Assisted renewable fuels plants in securing long term off take agreements and negotiating resulting contracts.

OSHA PSM – Biodiesel – U.S. – Conducted comprehensive process safety management (PSM) compliance audits as required every 3 years by the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA); identification of deficiencies and subsequent assistance to obtain compliance with 29 CFR 1910.119, OSHA’s Process Safety Management (PSM) standard.

Plant Design & Construction – Biodiesel – Worldwide – Designed, fabricated and constructed biodiesel refineries across the world.

Plant Optimization – Biodiesel – Worldwide – Maximized the yields, efficiency, energy use, labor use, and implementation of procedures to minimize waste at biodiesel and ethanol plants worldwide.

Project Management – Biodiesel – Worldwide – Oversight of the planning, coordination and execution all aspects of the design, fabrication, installation, staffing, startup and training of various plants worldwide.

RFS Engineering Reviews – Biodiesel – U.S. & Canada – Provided government required engineering reviews for numerous biodiesel and ethanol plants.

RFS Evaluation – U.S. & Canada – Assessment of the fuel supply outlook and regulatory changes to the LCFS and similar programs that have the potential to impact the growth and sustainability of opportunities for renewable fuel producers looking to participate in both Pacific Coast and the RFS marketplaces.  Assisted with fundamental price modeling for fuels and credits.

RIN Marketing – Biodiesel – U.S. – Consulted to find buyers for RINS for production plant prior to construction

RIN Training – Biodiesel – U.S. and Canada – Consulting and training of plant personnel in the registration for and production of Renewable Identification Numbers as required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Risk Assessment – HAZOP – Biodiesel– U.S. – Performed a Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) using Hazard and Operability (HAZOP) study methodology.  The PHA was a structured and systematic examination of an existing process and operation and was performed in order to identify and evaluate problems that may represent risks to personnel or equipment. The intention of performing a HAZOP is to review the design to pick up design and engineering issues that may otherwise not have been found.  A PHA is also required under OSHA’s Code of Federal Regulations 29 CFR 1910.119(e).

Tax Credit Consulting – Biodiesel – U.S. & Canada – Assisted various clients in U.S. and Canada with applying for and securing state and federal biodiesel tax credits.

Technology Vetting – Biodiesel Plant – Canada – Technology assessment and business case development for a 15 million gallons per year biodiesel facility using forest residuals for feedstock. Included identification of technology suitable for non-recourse debt financing, development of capital and operating costs, feedstock assessment, and market analysis.