Crude oil or biofuels? Crude oil is a naturally occurring flammable liquid consisting of hydrocarbons and other organic compounds. It is recovered through oil drilling and fracking, and then refined and separated at large refineries, where it is made into things like gasoline, kerosene, and asphalt. The use of crude oil affects the environment and contributes to global warming, as greenhouse gases and other pollutants are released into the air. More extensive damage is done to the ecosystem when oil spills occur.
On the other hand, biofuels are derived from biological materials like solid biomass, liquid fuels, or biogases. The two most commonly known biofuels are bioethanol (used as a blend for gasoline) and biodiesel (used as a blend for diesel fuel). Ethanol is produced by the fermentation of carbohydrates produced normally in either corn or sugar. Biodiesel is generally produced through a process called transesterification. It has historically been produced from animal fats and vegetable oils, although many new feedstocks, like algae, continue to evolve. As biofuels continue to evolve, new products continue to make a presence in many sectors – sustainable aviation fuels, maritime biofuels, renewable diesel, hydrogen, and natural gas – just to name just a few.
Crude oil or biofuels? For over 25 years, Lee Enterprises Consulting has been assisting companies and investors with issues relating to sustainability, bioenergy, biomaterials and chemicals, biotechnologies, and feedstocks. With over 150 consultants, we have the diverse expertise and geographical reach to assist in virtually any bioeconomy project worldwide. These seasoned professionals average over 30 years each in their industry experience. Our ability to assemble these professionals into multidisciplinary teams allows us to fully integrate the technical, scientific, and regulatory aspects of a project, and combine them with years of hands-on experience. For a good overview of Lee Enterprises Consulting, take a look at a recent interview of four of our top executives. Also, take a look at our experts and the services we provide. You will note that in addition to projects, many of our experts are available for ancillary engagements like serving as expert witnesses in litigation matters. A good overview of our group is found in this video. Call us at 1+ (501) 833-8511 or email us for more information.