Articles written by Lee Enterprises Consulting Bioeconomy Expert(s)

Make Lenders Love Your Construction Contracts

Financing a biomass project? By the time a developer seeks non-recourse financing for a biomass project, the contracts for construction and major equipment procurement have usually been pre-negotiated and are on hold awaiting notice to proceed.    Prospective lenders then scour these contracts for defects, paying particular attention to inconsistencies between the various contracts.   Clean contracts…

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High Added Value Renewable Polymers

By:  Dr. Bernard Cooker,  Lee Enterprises Consulting Summary Biomass-based green polymer and monomer projects, as reported in Chemical and Engineering News and Chemical Engineering Progress in Q1, Q2 2017 are surveyed. The focus here is on combinations of low raw material cost, commercial scale operation and high added product value, to maximize the profit opportunity. Introduction…

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Advanced Fermentation Agitation with Methanotrophs and Other Organisms

By Gregory T. Benz, Lee Enterprises Consulting Introduction Advanced fermentation processes, both aerobic and anaerobic, have been successful on an industrial scale for quite a long time, producing a wide variety of products. In most of these processes, if any gas has been added, it has been either air or oxygen-enriched air. In the advanced bioeconomy,…

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Methanol and Bio-economy Thoughts for Now and Future

By Lorenz Bauer, Ph.D., Lee Enterprises Consulting. The methanol and bioeconomies are two of the buzz words of the last decade.  They had their origin in the “peak oil” scare and the predicted sky rocketing oil prices.  They were further boosted by environmental concerns about pollution and climate change.    Both economies are continuing to grow;…

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Water Management in Biomass Processing

By Lorenz Bauer Ph.D, Lee Enterprises Consulting “Water, water, everywhere, And all the boards did shrink; Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink.” Samuel Coleridge Managing the water in biomass processes like food production, fermentations, pyrolysis, and biodiesel production is critical to success.   There is an increasing appreciation of the value of clean water. The value of water is…

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