Blogs written by Lee Enterprises Consulting Bioeconomy Expert(s)

Optimization of Aerobic Fermentation

As most renewable energy and power companies know, power consumption during aerobic fermentation is one of the major operating costs. At any given point in the process, there are many combinations of airflow and agitation that will give the required mass transfer rate. But the combined power required of the agitator plus the compressor is…

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Woody Biomass

Woody biomass refers to the trees and woody plants, including limbs, tops, needles, leaves, and other woody parts, grown in a forest, woodland, or rangeland environment, that are the by-products of forest management. The harvest, sale, offer trade, or utilization of woody biomass to produce bioenergy and the full range of biobased products including lumber,…

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Bio-plastics

Bio-plastics are gathering lots of attention as U.S companies increasingly embrace the concept of a circular economy that aims to create innovative, sustainable ways to reduce waste and preserve resources. Biodegradable plastics are made from renewable biologic substances, from plants to agricultural waste, rather than petroleum. Their role is the focus of sessions at the…

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Anaerobic Digesters: U.S.

Anaerobic Digesters in the U.S.? The average price of methane (GNG) around the world hit 2.94 U.S. Dollar per U.S. gallon, as of October 5, 2020 and in 3 days it increased 10%. This commodity is becoming more and more relevant to normal day operations at manufacturing plants, Farms, distilleries, among other manufacturing companies in…

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Bio Ethanol

What is Bio Ethanol?  Bio Ethanol (bioethanol, ethanol, alcohol) are all used to describe the chemical ethyl alcohol with the formula C2H6O.  Ethanol, as it is most commonly known, can be produced by fermentation of sugars (most commonly glucose with the formula C6H12O) by yeast yielding a ratio of approximately 51% ethanol and 49% carbon…

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Yeasts In Ethanol Production

Yeasts have been all the buzz in 2018 as companies shift toward improving efficacy in ethanol production, ethanol cost and ethanol price. Scientists have been discussing new products aimed at increasing bioethanol yield, reducing glycerol production and yeast fermentation time, and boosting production efficiency.  Several large companies like DuPont Industrial Biosciences, DSM and Novozymes, are…

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Sustainable Consumer Products

The world continues to migrate toward sustainable consumer products. The World Bank showed that more than 50% of global GDP is driven by household consumer expenditure for both essential and discretionary goods. (https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/NE.CON.PETC.ZS).  It follows therefore that consumer purchasing and disposal decisions have a significant impact on the global economy. Such decisions can impact the…

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Agriculture Feedstock: Determining Quantities

Renewable energy systems based on biomass feedstocks need abundant supplies not only to maintain the physical facility with enough material to process, but also enough excess feedstock to ensure that there is a healthy competition among suppliers to keep prices competitive.  Plants that can utilize more than one kind of agriculture feedstock enjoy the advantage…

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