What does the biofuels expert witness do? Biofuels are fuels produced through a biological process as opposed to things like coal or petroleum which are produced through a geological processes. Biofuels are normally derived directly from plants, but they may be derived indirectly from agricultural, commercial, domestic, and/or industrial wastes. The most common biofuels are ethanol and biodiesel, but there are many others.
What credentials should a biofuels expert witness have? An expert witness in biofuels litigation must have a sufficient background, education and experience in the specific biofuel and subject of controversy. As an example, some biofuels litigation might involve a technology. the question in those matters is normally being whether the technology was properly designed, built, installed, or was used and maintained properly. An biofuels technology expert in this situation will often be an engineer. In other biofuels litigation, expertise may be needed to help the attorneys, judge or jury understand exactly what went wrong in the particular situation, what caused the problem, and/or who might have been at fault. These experts will likely be biofuels operational experts. In yet another example, the issue may be damages. Here, biofuels expert witness may be called upon to help explain the damages that occurred and helping to ascertain the amount of money that will compensate. In this instance, the expert will likely be a biofuels economists or feedstock experts.
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At Lee Enterprises Consulting, we have many highly qualified biofuels experts available to assist as expert witnesses in these types of cases. Feel free to call or email us for more information.