A fermentation expert refers to one who assists with the aerobic or anaerobic growth of bacteria, fungi, algae, and yeasts, or fungi in glass or steel vessels outfitted with temperature and other environmental controls. Solid-state fermentation is often completed in trays of media; and is a fermentation process occurring in the near absence of free liquid, employing an inert substrate or a natural substrate as solid support.
A fermentation expert combines the scientific training of a microbiologist with the process and plant knowledge of the chemical engineer, and experience with a range of process types and microbial platforms is part of the make-up of an experienced practitioner. The expert will have experience in culturing microorganisms at a lab scale and the ability to develop an efficient process and optimize it for required outcomes. The outcomes will depend on the product being made – this can be biomass e.g. single-cell protein animal feed or yeast for the food and brewing industry; intracellular products made by the cells e.g. proteins or nucleic acids; secreted products made by the cells, e.g. proteins or antibiotics; or metabolic products, e.g. ethanol, butanol or organic acids. Fermentation experts will develop a process that maximizes product quality and yield while minimizing cost. They will develop a process that is environmentally aligned and will aim to use sustainable and cheap feedstocks while maximizing the rate of production ensuring process intensity to minimize plant costs. Maximizing product yields is critical to make efficient use of feedstocks which are often the most expensive input. Fermentation scientists will also be informed about downstream processes so that they can ensure that the fermentation products can be recovered efficiently; scale up, so that processes developed are scalable without loss of performance; and technology transfer, as most processes will need to be transferred from development facilities to manufacturing plants and in the case of successful deployment potentially to multiple manufacturing facilities.
Large renewable energy and biochemical consulting firms like Lee Enterprises Consulting normally offer a wide range of services in biofuels, biochemicals, biotechnologies, biomaterials, synthetic biology commercialization, feedstocks, and hemp/cannabis. These companies should have business and financial services like due diligence, feedstock availability, grants and loans, and bio market research. The company also offers technical and engineering-related services like techno-economic analysis, environmental evaluations, feasibility studies, risk analysis, and expert witness engagements. They might also have strategic partnerships in place to assist clients with insurance, legal, accounting, plant fabrication, feedstock procurement.
With over 150 experts worldwide, Lee Enterprises Consulting has experts in many specific clean and renewable areas, including anaerobic digestion, fermentation, biomass, conversion technologies for things like tires and railroad ties, organic synthesis, fuel additives, ethanol gas, biodiesel fuel including algae biofuels, solid-state and industrial fermentation, green energy grants, ag-biotech, agricultural waste, alcohol fuels, alternative proteins and animal-free products, sustainable foods, beverage fermentation, biocatalysis, biodiesel conversion, biogas production, biomass power, carbon intensity, co2 utilization, combined heat & power, Fischer-Tropsch technology, food waste, hydrothermal carbonization, industrial enzymes, landfill management, microbial fermentation, organic synthesis, plastic pyrolysis, plastic recycling, plastic waste, pyrolysis oil, reactor design, renewable identification number, the Renewable Fuel Standard (rfs2), solid recovered fuels, torrefaction and torrefied biomass, waste to energy, and waste-to-hydrogen. This is a multidisciplinary group of green energy consultants that is a virtual “one-stop-shop” for any client need and handles projects of all types and sizes.
Look at our experts and the services we provide. Most of our experts are also available to advise and serve as expert witnesses in bioeconomy litigation matters. For the larger projects, we specialize in putting together full-service, interdisciplinary teams with one point of contact. See a video about LEC here. Call us at 1+ (501) 833-8511 or email us for more information. See also: Fermentation Process Scale-Up PPT, Fermenter Design, and Fermentation Waste Expert.