Blogs written by Lee Enterprises Consulting Bioeconomy Expert(s)

Performance Guarantees in Bioeconomy Projects

Biotechnologies, like other new to the market process technologies, often do not have proven track records of commercial-scale operations in revenue-positive facilities. And because they lack a performance history and commercial references, the risk of employing new biotechnology is seen as high. To mitigate new technology risk, project developers and plant owners often employ one…

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Renewable Technology Evaluation

Renewable technology evaluation:  Does it mean build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door?  In renewables, maybe or maybe not.  Renewable technologies are emerging worldwide as sources of energy, fuels, and chemicals.  Investors are entertaining options for engagements with renewable chemicals and fuels manufacturing projects.  So, why do many…

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Patents & Intellectual Property in the Bioeconomy

A great deal of the litigation in the bioeconomy concerns the interpretation of patents and other intellectual property (IP).  Topics like freedom to operate and patent infringement can be extraordinarily complex and highly technical, sometimes turning on the interpretation of a single word in a patent claim or specification.  Many parties involved in litigation have…

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Landfill Management

Landfills are facilities designed for the disposal of solid waste and the landfill management to insure their safe and efficient operation is of great important to everyone. There are many types of landfills like Municipal Solid Waste Landfills (including bioreactor landfills), Industrial Waste Landfills (including construction and demolition debris landfills), and Hazardous Waste Landfills. Whether…

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Biofuels Additives

Biofuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel, are produced from the conventional or lignocellulose feedstock and biofuels additives are often necessary components.  Sugar and corn are the most prominent feedstocks for ethanol, while animal fats, waste vegetable oil, soybean and other plant oils, are the most prominent for biodiesel.  There is a great deal of research…

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Water Treatment

Water treatment is a broad category encompassing numerous applications including: Municipal Water Beverage Ultrapure – medical, pharmaceutical, etc. Marine/Aquarium/Aquaculture Process water – industrial and reuse Wastewater – municipal, industrial (reuse or disposal) Remediation Activated carbon is an effective treatment option for these applications and is applied in numerous ways from standalone units to multi-stage chemical…

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Industrial Biotech Scale Up

Industrial biotech uses fermentation processes to make biofuels, biobased chemicals, specialty chemicals, nutraceuticals (e.g. cannabidiol), and even ingredients for the recent rise of meat, dairy, and seafood substitutes.  Once a company has a bioprocess (including fermentation and purification) fully tested and optimized at lab scale, then the company needs to prepare itself before industrial biotech…

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Solid Recovered Fuels

As governments worldwide work toward achieving more sustainability in waste management, the management of landfills continues to present major challenges as they remain the principal disposal venue for municipal solid waste (MSW).   When we look at current municipal solid waste treatment processes like composting, anaerobic digestion, incineration and mechanical–biological treatment (MBT), we find that while…

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