Forest biomaterials are a class of solid materials derived from trees and shrubs. Forest biomaterials are a source of renewable products that offer many benefits in terms of abundance, low density, strength, cost, easily shaped or used, and performance. Obvious examples include building products, furniture and paper board, but the list also includes high-tech materials, such as fiber-composites, laminated architectural beams, plastics, polymers such as rayon used for clothing, cellulose, and absorptive fibers. Additionally, the chemicals found in trees, such as lignins, sugars, fatty acids, terpenes, and oils can be used in many ways as substitutes for petroleum-based products. Trees are also a source of food supplements, nutraceuticals, and functional foods. Residual materials from existing manufacturing operations and forest harvests are sources of biomaterials, such as mulch, insulation, pet/livestock products, and building materials. The life-cycle analysis for forest biomaterials is favorable due to the benefits for society, rural communities, forests, and wildlife. Furthermore, forest biomaterials sequester carbon and can be carbon neutral.
An expert in forest biomaterials will usually have one or more science-based degrees in chemistry, material science, or engineering, combined with extensive experience in developing or innovating new products, and must have a good working knowledge of biomass. This type of consultant will be able to provide guidance on how to best design and commercialize highly functional products made using forest biomaterials that can also help to solve the world’s environmental issues.
Large renewable energy and biochemical consulting firms certainly have experts in biomaterials and biochemicals as well as the more common areas like bio and renewable fuels, biomass and biomass power, feedstocks, and biotechnologies. These larger groups will also have expertise in other things like animal health products, aquaculture, bio-fertilizers, bio-fibers, biomass to sugars, bioplastics/polymers, enzymes, food ingredients, industrial chemicals, latex, lubricants, nanocarbon/cellulose, nutraceuticals, organometallics, rubber, and solvents.
At Lee Enterprises Consulting, we have available to assist you with virtually any biomaterial need or related matter.
With over 150 experts worldwide, Lee Enterprises Consulting has experts in many specific clean and renewable areas, including several types of highly qualified biomaterials experts, and other experts in 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.
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