What does a biofuel expert do? Biofuels are a replacement for petroleum-derived fossil fuels. They are derived from biomass and made via processes that meet lifecycle requirements to meet the definition so reducing greenhouse gas emissions. There are currently three generations of biofuels, the first generation is from sugar derived from food crops like corn and includes ethanol and ethanol along with fuels derived from further processing these materials.. The second generation is derived from natural oils (biodiesel) and non-food biomass including agricultural wastes, wood products, algae, biogas. Finally, there are third generation fuels using genetically engineered feeds or novel processing steps.
A biofuel expert or consultant is someone who has a significant background in this area, through education and experience. An expert in biofuel has a wide range of expertise in the technologies and businesses concerning the production biofuel included the various technologies used to generate the biofuel and their relative strengths and weaknesses. These include fermentation of cellulosic materials, gasification, pyrolysis, extraction oil from algae and others.
The biofuel expert may assist investors in selecting the right technology and in preparing due diligence/feasibility studies and loan/grant applications. They follow the biofuel market and have experience with the current state of supply, demand, and pricing. They are familiar with renewable fuel mandates and credits and other regulations. They understand fuel specifications for blending and how the achieve them. They know many of the key players in the industry. During design, the biofuel expert may perform a peer review of the design, prepare cost opinions and assist with permit applications. During construction, the biofuel expert can assist with construction oversight of the biofuel facility and provide commissioning reports. They may also provide operator training, start-up assistance, and recipe management to assist biofuel plant owners in making the plant run as smoothly and efficiently as possible. In matters involving biofuel litigation, the consultant may serve an expert witness and assist the attorneys with understanding the processes and related technical issues and may testify in court about aspects of biofuel technology and related matters.
At Lee Enterprises Consulting, we have a number of highly qualified biofuel experts available to assist you with any biofuel-related matter. Feel free to call or email us for more information.