Blogs written by Lee Enterprises Consulting Bioeconomy Expert(s)

Beverage Fermentation

Beverage fermentation refers to the process by which a microbiological agent, typically fungi (e.g. Saccharomyces spp.) or bacteria (e.g. Lactobacillus spp.), convert a sugar-containing liquid into one which contains alcohol and acid products. Humans have been producing fermented beverages for millennia to prevent spoilage and enhance nutritional quality and flavour. At present, there is a…

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Wastewater Plant Energy Balance

Wastewater treatment plants are major energy consumers.  Much of the energy consumption at domestic wastewater treatment plants is needed to provide oxygen for biological treatment, or to pump or mix wastewater.  In recent years, wastewater facility owners and operators have made increasing efforts to reduce the net energy consumption of their facilities.  Energy conservation measures are…

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Bioeconomy – Its Changing Nature

During the period of time from about 2000 to 2013, most of the activity in the bioeconomy was focused on commodity products, especially fuels. The main products were ethanol and butanol, and the root technology was conversion of starches and cellulose to sugars, followed by fermentation. As petroleum became less expensive once again, fuels have…

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Advanced Cleaning Consultant

What do advanced cleaning consultants or advanced cleaning experts do?  Advanced cleaning is an emerging field that uses chemical, physical and biological processes to clean or treat indoor or outdoor surfaces for special purposes including, but not limited to, reduced resistance to heat transfer, scaling and corrosion control, indoor air quality, food safety, infection control, precision…

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Techno-Economic Analysis: Biomass Pyrolysis

Many industries produce a waste stream in the creation of their primary product.  From nut shells to sawdust, pyrolysis technologies provide environmentally-friendly and profitable solutions for waste management though the creation of value-added products and reduction of disposal costs. Biomass pyrolysis refers to the thermal deconstruction of woody or herbaceous feedstock into pyrolysis oil/bio-oil and…

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Market Feasibility Studies in the Bioeconomy

What is a market feasibility study or report and why would you do one in bioeconomy related matters? A market feasibility study is an integral part of the due diligence process in any bio related project. When a lender or investor considers putting money at risk, or when a company is considering an acquisition or…

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Landfill Experts

There are many environmental pollution controls and monitoring required for open and closed landfills including groundwater monitoring, evaluation and statistical analyses and reporting, leachate collection and treatment/disposal, landfill gas/vapor and odor control and monitoring, liners (open sites) and landfill cover systems for waste containment.  Over 300 closed landfills are on the USEPA Superfund List and…

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Railroad Tie Pyrolysis

In the U.S. alone, over 20 million new wood railroad ties are installed every year. While wood is currently the best option for railroad ties (and utility poles) the ability to re-use or dispose of treated wood coming is clearly a critical consideration.  Regulatory, environmental, and the financial landscape for re-use and disposal are rapidly…

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