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Biotechnology Experts

What does a biotechnology expert or consultant do?  Biotechnology is the use of some biological processes for industrial or other purpose, like the genetic manipulation of microorganisms for the production of antibiotics, hormones, etc.  There are many types of bio technologies, including medical (such as vaccines and antibiotics), agricultural (such as pest resistant crops and […]

Algae Biofuels Expert

What do algae biofuels experts or consultants do? Algae biofuels and byproducts are derived from the fastest growing plants – algae.  Algal biomass is known to generate 15 times more oil than other plant sources including corn, soybean, sunflower etc. Besides algal biomass can be cultivated in saltwater and wastewaters. Algae has been actively explored for […]

Ethanol Expert

What do ethanol experts or ethanol consultants do?   Ethanol, also called alcohol, ethyl alcohol, and drinking alcohol, is a simple alcohol produced by the fermentation of sugars with yeast, or by a petrochemical process.  Ethanol is most commonly consumed as a drinking alcohol, but it also has medical applications such as antiseptics or disinfectants. It is also used […]

Back to Basics: Effect of D/T Ratio on Agitator Power for Flow Controlled Applications

By Gregory T. Benz Introduction Many agitator applications, such as blending of miscible liquids or suspending slowly settling solids such as starch and grain slurries used in ethanol production, may be classified as flow-controlled applications. That is to say, the process result depends on creating a certain characteristic velocity, Vb, which is calculated on a […]

Celebrating Canada’s 150th: A Short History of the Biofuel Industry in Canada

 By Dr. Gerald Kutney, Lee Enterprises Consulting The 150th anniversary of Confederation on July 1st is a time to reflect upon the country’s achievements; this article covers the evolution of the Canadian biofuel industry – including gaseous, liquid and solid biofuels, and biomass power – from 1867 to 2017. The foundations of the biofuel industry in […]

Opportunities to Transition Ethanol Facilities to Biochemical Refineries

By Daniel Lane, Lee Enterprises Consulting The US commercial petroleum industry started with the drilling by retired railroad conductor Edwin Drake of a well near Titusville, PA in 1859. Drake’s well sparked an oil boom and over the next couple of years, and US petroleum production grew rapidly. By 1865, the first successful oil pipeline was […]

The Industrial State of Biofuels Technologies

By Dr. Gerald Kutney, Lee Enterprises Consulting A myriad of biofuel technologies exist, but which ones are truly industrial processes? The question is not always easy to answer. And one must define what is meant by an industrial process. To facilitate this task, three classifications of industrial status are utilized: Established – modern facilities are numerous, […]

Isobutanol: A New Product from Revamped Ethanol Plants

Rapid depletion and environmental aspects of fossil fuels, coupled with highly volatile market prices have made the quest for alternative fuels a top-priority. Over the past two decades, several alternatives to liquid fuels have been investigated, which have the potential either to completely replace the petroleum-derived fuels in some sectors or be blended with petroleum-based […]

Cellulosic ethanol, what happened, what’s happening?

The story of cellulosic ethanol in the United States has had more plot twists than The Crying Game, the acclaimed Hollywood brain twister—except that this story promises to end with a predictable happy ending. I believe cellulosic ethanol is here to stay for the long haul and it is finally exhibiting real potential to establish […]