Articles written by Lee Enterprises Consulting Bioeconomy Expert(s)

Biorefineries: Our Synthetic Biology Future

By Bob Kodrzycki, PhD This is the eighth in a series of articles prepared by the experts at Lee Enterprises Consulting (LEC) who will be speaking at the ABLC 2018 conference in Washington DC, February 28 to March 2.  Definitions are tricky. They tend to change with the times depending on perspective and technology. Take…

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Equipment Requirements to Study Mixing of Fibrous Materials

by Gregory T. Benz Introduction There are many sources of organic fibers that can be used as feedstock for biofuels and renewable chemicals. The author has tested many lignocellulosic materials for fluid flow and mixing characteristics. Examples include corn stover, ground wood, switchgrass, various types of cane, beet pulp, paper mill waste, municipal solid waste…

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Circular Economy and Waste Conversion

The increasing amount of waste is one of the most demanding problems facing the world, which creates global environmental challenges. Worldwide, 2.12 billion tons of waste are generated annually, and it is expected to rise at the current trend. The most of the trash ends up in landfills emitting harmful pollutants into our air, water,…

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The Dynamic Pro Forma

The Basic Function – ROI A common phrase echoes in the conference halls of the ABLC: “My biofuel technology has a great ROI.” Entrepreneurs base their claims on a pro forma, a projection of future cash flow calculated on spreadsheets. Even though the business planning process starts with the pro forma, the value of the…

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Isobutanol: Now on the Radar for USA

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has opened a comment period for the registration of the use of Isobutanol in gasoline.  Why is this important?  Because since the states banning of the use of MTBE and other ethers in underground tanks, this is the only oxygenate, other than ethanol, allowed to be used in commerce.  This…

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How to Win the Public Policy Debate – and the Annual Government Agency Funding Battles – for the Bioeconomy

by Craig (CJ) Evans, Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc. More than almost any other emerging industry, financing for the bioeconomy is heavily influenced by and, in many cases, reliant on favorable public policies. Everyone involved in the bioeconomy – companies, entrepreneurs, visionaries, vendors, employees, and local communities – should be aware of, keep track of, and…

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Waste Accumulation Problems and Opportunities

Waste Accumulation Problems and Opportunities? An incredible amount of waste is produced in Canada and around the world. We are killing our planet by dumping 2.12 billion tons of garbage every year and polluting the oceans, land, and air [1]. Consequently, we need sustainable and effective waste management to protect our environment and save our…

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