Daren has over 20 years of experience in the thermochemical conversion of biomass starting with his PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University. Daren is a licensed Professional Engineer, holds 13 U.S. patents, and 16 refereed publications, and is the lead consultant at Burning Oak Energy. He was directly involved in the establishment of the inaugural pyrolysis R&D programs at Iowa State University, the University of Texas at San Antonio, the USDA Agricultural Research Service, ConocoPhillips, and Cool Planet Energy Systems. He has worked with a diverse variety of agricultural, forestry, and waste-stream feedstocks in lab, pilot, demo, and commercial-scale pyrolysis, gasification, and torrefaction systems. Daren is an expert in pyrolysis reactor design, biomass feeding components, bio-oil collection and clean-up systems, techno-economic analysis (TEA), life cycle assessments (LCA), and mass and energy balance calculations for both internal and external due diligence technology evaluations. Additionally, he provides on-site technical support and optimization for biomass and other thermochemical conversion systems. Contact Daren.