Blogs written by Lee Enterprises Consulting Bioeconomy Expert(s)

Carbon Black Oil

Carbon black oil is the primary feedstock used to produce carbon black an essential industrial chemical that imparts special properties to finished goods. The carbon black market is dominated by a handful of multi-national producers utilizing residual fuel oil as the carbon source. Carbon black is composed of nucleated clusters of elemental carbon adding color,…

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Biobased Chemicals

Biobased chemicals are obtained from biomass feedstocks and offer an alternative to petrochemical products that contribute to planet heating. These biochemicals integrate well in the natural carbon dioxide cycle and their cradle to grave carbon footprint is negligible. The need for the decarbonization of the economy is driving the growth of this sector. Legislative initiatives…

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Forest Products and By-Products

Forest products are sustainable, renewable, carbon neutral materials, and are an important part of our everyday life.  They include solid lumber, paper, paperboard, tissue, cardboard packaging, laminated beams, building panels, chemicals, furniture, rayon fabric, liquid and solid fuel and food fiber. Forest co-products are the by-products or residues from major forest products operations,  They are…

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Bunker Fuel Market Studies

As bunker fuel oil is the primary fuel used by the marine shipping industry to power their ships and move cargo and people around the globe, bunker fuel market studies are of particular importance to many.  Biobased bunker fuel is a rapidly emerging alternative to fossil oil fuels. The bunker fuel market is currently dominated…

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Commercialization of Biofuels Technology

Commercialization of Biofuels Technology refers to the process that transforms a biofuels technology from concept into a profitable biofuels’ technology operating entity. Inventors and their investors must convert their concepts into commercial success to achieve a financial return with the least amount of risk exposure. The normal path for commercializing a biofuels technology idea includes…

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Biomass Technology Commercialization

Biomass Technology Commercialization refers to a rigorous process that transforms a biomass technology concept through a series of steps into a profitable operating biomass entity. Inventors and their investors must convert their concepts into commercial success to achieve a financial return with the least amount of risk exposure.  The normal path for commercializing a biomass…

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Surfactant Expert

What is a Surfactant?  The term “Surfactant” is a contraction of the term surface-active agent.  A Surfactant is a substance that, when present even at very low levels in a system, has the property of absorbing onto the surfaces or interfaces in the system and altering their interfacial free energies in dramatic ways.  Surfactants help…

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Federal and State Funding in Bioeconomy Projects

There are many types of bioeconomy projects seeking federal and state funding.  Funding requests also come at different stages – during research and development, in the demonstration/pre-commercial phase, and in commercial scale projects.  These state and federal funding opportunities normally fall within one of the following three categories: A government grant is a financial award…

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