Blogs written by Lee Enterprises Consulting Bioeconomy Expert(s)

Plastic Waste Conversion Expert

Plastic waste conversion is the transformation of plastic waste into usable sustainable products. Depending on the waste plastic composition and level of contaminations, the plastic feedstock could be effectively converted into high-value products through pyrolysis, gasification, and steam reformation. If the plastic feedstock is clean and has an appropriate composition, pyrolysis can be applied to…

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Renewable Energy Projects

Interest in renewable energy projects, the pivot point to the transition to greater sustainability and a smaller carbon footprint, has continued to escalate among entrepreneurs, investors, and policymakers around the world. The International Energy Agency is now predicting renewable energy projects such as renewable electricity generation will increase by more than one-third by 2022, the result…

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Biomass Advantages

Are there biomass advantages?  Actually, there are many advantages in using biomass as a source of energy which is why biomass projects are now increasingly regarded as viable enterprises by entrepreneurs and investors. Biomass—living or recently dead plants and animals and their waste—is abundant, unlike coal and petroleum, which have negative impacts on the environment,…

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Gas Fermentation

Gas-liquid fermentation, or gas fermentation, as it is sometimes called, can be a very versatile unit operation. It can be used to make fuels (aka biofuels), beverages, drugs, industrial enzymes, foods, yeast, monomers, etc. Fermentation is usually carried out in a bioreactor, which may be agitated or simply a bubble column or airlift. In the…

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Maritime Use of Renewable Fuels

Marine renewable fuels are beginning to attract a great deal of attention just like sustainable aviation fuel has done. Why is that?  Much of the world’s oil supply contains about one-half percent of sulfur, which is known to cause respiratory and heart problems.  For many years, price conscious ocean going vessels have been using the…

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Ethanol as a Fuel

Interest in ethanol as fuel continues to rise. Most of the gasoline now sold in the United States is blended with some amount of fuel ethanol. These blends are named by their ethanol content. For example, a blend of 10% fuel ethanol and 90% gasoline (by volume) is known as E10 gasoline. In 2019, about…

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Biomass Briquettes

Biomass briquettes have been, until now, a source of heat that has been relied upon almost exclusively in developing countries. Now, with ever-increasing interest in making U.S. homes greener, saving energy, and developing ways to address global warming, greater attention is beginning to be focused on ways to make use of biomass briquettes in this country.…

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Lignins

Lignins are natural polymers that give the cell walls of plants their strength, have been called some nasty names: an “ugly, unwieldy molecule,” ornery, tough, and uncooperative.  But lignin experts say the unloved, but abundant, substance, is coming into its own as a sustainable and effective alternative to fossil fuels. The second most abundant polymer in…

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