The term “biotechnology” means to use a biological processes for an industrial purpose. In the emerging bioeconomy, the term refers to technologies used to produce biofuels and biochemicals. There are many types of bio technologies, including medical (such as vaccines and antibiotics), agricultural (such as pest resistant crops and plant and animal breeding). One of the biggest applications of biotechnology is in the energy production sector to produce environmentally friendly fuels. Examples of biotechnology which allow this to occur are the use of corn to produce ethanol and soybeans to produce biodiesel. These fuels are good for the environment as they do not produce greenhouse gases. Bio-technologies are normally divided into four major groups. The first group are thermal conversion technologies. These technologies use heat to convert biomass materials into energy and include pyrolysis and torrefaction technologies. The second group are chemical conversion technologies which, as the name implies, use chemicals to convert biomass into liquid fuels. A third group are biochemical conversions, which involve the use of use of enzymes, bacteria or some other organism to break down biomass into fuel. Example of these are anaerobic digestion and fermentation technologies. The fourth group are thermochemical conversion technologies. These use heat and chemical processes to convert biomass into energy. This group normally encompasses the gasification technologies.
A biotechnology technology expert is someone who has a background, education and experience in the specific area, like anaerobic digestion, gasification, pyrolysis or torrefaction. These experts understand and follow the technological development in their area of expertise and can assist with overcoming technological and economical challenges in project development. These experts also typically have experience with the selected biomass feedstock.
What does a biotechnology expert or consultant do? Biotechnology experts are often called upon to assist in selecting the right equipment for a project, or to help in the oversight of building of a plant. They are used by investors conducting due diligence on project or technology. In matters involving biotechnology litigation, these biotechnology consultants may serve as expert witnesses, assisting the attorneys with a better understanding the exact issues involved, and they may testify in court about the technology related matters.
Large renewable energy and biochemical consulting firms certainly have experts in bio-technologies, as well as the more common areas like bio and renewable fuels, biomass and biomass power, feedstocks, biomaterials, and biochemicals. These larger groups will also have expertise in other technologies like agitation systems, anaerobic digestion, bio-oil extraction, bioreactors, carbon capture, carbon storage, carbonization, catalysis, cellulosic ethanol, clean tech, direct combustion, , enzyme technologies, fermentation, Fischer-Tropsch, gasification, genetic engineering, hydrothermal, nanotechnology, organosynthesis, power generation, pyrolysis, renewable technology due diligence, synthetic biology, thermochemical conversion, torrefaction, water treatment, and waste management.
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