Blogs written by Lee Enterprises Consulting Bioeconomy Expert(s)

Biofuels Project Funding

As a greener planet and sustainable future would appear to be something everyone should agree on, the question becomes why biofuels project funding is not a given. Why do many bioenergy projects, even very good ones, not get the funding they need? Undoubtedly, there are many reasons that failures to obtain financing occur, but some…

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Hemp Projects: Stage Gate Approach

Hemp Projects Pre-Development and Development Stage-Gate Approach. A stage-gate approach is a phased project management technique where a specific list of tasks and engineering is performed sequentially with a gate, or decision gate, at the end of each phase.  At that point, a decision is made to stop, move forward with the scope, schedule, and…

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Cellulosic Ethanol Consultant

Cellulosic ethanol consultants are in high demand.  Cellulosic ethanol is a biofuel produced from the fibrous cellulose and hemicellulose fractions of herbaceous (switchgrass, corn stover, miscanthus) or woody biomass. The cellulosic ethanol production process includes biomass collection and delivery, biomass deconstruction via high-severity chemical & mechanical pretreatment, enzymatic hydrolysis, fermentation and distillation. Due to a…

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Consultant or Employee?

Is it better to hire a consultant or employee for your bioeconomy related business?  The answer depends on many factors, the most important three being the skill set you need, the length of time you will need it, and what you are hoping to accomplish with the hire.   If you have a specific project or…

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Enzyme Use in Textiles

Enzyme use in textiles? Enzymes are complex protein molecules produced by living organisms. Their function is to make chemical reactions proceed at a rapid pace so that life can continue. In nature, they are responsible for digesting food and composting trees. Humans have learned to adapt the activity of enzymes for their use in manufacturing useful…

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Funding Basics for Bio Projects

Funding basics for bio related projects?  Funding for a bioeconomy business can come from many sources.  It is important to understand the types of funding, and what is necessary to secure each.  These points just touch the surface of available financing for bioeconomy ventures. Venture capitalists are normally large, well established companies that invest in…

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The Demand for Natural Rubber

The demand for natural rubber? In 2004, the History Channel broadcast a Modern Marvels Special on Natural Rubber. My favorite quote from that special is “Our four most important natural resources are air, water, petroleum, and rubber.” (I would have argued for soil to be part of the list.) Nonetheless, while most people guess the…

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Scale-Up of Emerging Biofuel Technologies

ScaleUp of Emerging Biofuels Technologies? INTRODUCTION: The continued interest in advanced biofuels has produced numerous exciting technical advances on the laboratory, pilot and demonstration scales.  However, attempts to translate these small scale successes into commercial technologies have been less successful.   It is easy to blame lower oil and natural gas prices and opposition from special…

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