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Catalyst testing: Lab and Pilot Scale

Energy and chemical technologies heavily rely on solid materials used as catalysts and sorbents for numerous types of chemical reactions and separations. Although significant advances have been made in molecular simulations and modeling for rational design of these solid materials, most newly developed industrial processes still depend on applied methods of testing solid catalysts/sorbents for […]

Second Generation Biofuels

Second generation biofuels are those made from sustainable feedstocks as defined by the feedstock’s availability, and its impact on greenhouse gas emissions and land use.  Examples of second generation biofuels are those made from algae, renewable fuels made via the Fischer-Tropsch process, cellulosic ethanol, dimethylfuran, and bio hydrogen.  Different from the first generation biofuels which […]

Fischer Trosphe Expert

What does a Fischer Trosphe expert do?   The Fischer–Tropsch process (or Fischer–Tropsch Synthesis or FT) is a set of chemical reactions converts a mixture of carbon monoxide gas and hydrogen gas into liquid hydrocarbons (like gasoline, diesel and jet fuel).   It is highly feedstock flexible and makes it possible to prepare high-quality drop-in fuels, high-value […]

Waste-to-Gas Expert

What does a Waste to Gas expert or consultant do?  Waste-to-Gas technology is used to covert waste into gaseous energy products like syngas, biogas, or flue gas. There are many types of waste, including biomass waste, municipal solid waste (MSW), industrial waste, sewage sludge, and used tires that can be used as feedstocks. These wastes […]

Gas to Liquids Expert

What does a Gas to Liquids (GTL) Expert or Consultant Do?  Gas to liquids refers to a refining process whereby natural gas or some othe gaseous hydrocarbon is converted into a longer-chain hydrocarbons like gasoline or diesel fuel.  The Fischer-Tropsch process is a popular Gas-to-Liquids technology.  The conversion is a catalyzed chemical reaction in which […]

Biomass Gasification Expert

What does a biomass gasification expert or gasification consultant do?  Gasification is the process of turning some variety of feedstocks into higher value products. This is most often done by converting a material containing carbon (like coal, biomass, waste, petroleum coke, etc.) —into a syngas. This syngas is then burned to produce electricity, or it […]

Creating Value from Landfill Gas

Landfills contain a toxic stew of biomass materials from old tires to food wastes to animal manure. It is literally the bottom of the rubbish barrel. The US EPA estimates that 250 million tons of municipal solid wastes are sent to landfills each year. These materials have a wide range of chemicals in them, including […]

What’s New and Important About C5 and C6 Sugars?

What’s up with C5 and C6 sugars? Given that a significant portion of the several billion dollars spent on renewable fuels spending involves these molecules, it is not surprising that progress is fast and furious. This note provides an overview and snapshot of the technological progress reported in the three months since Biofuels Digest’s 2016 […]