What is hydrothermal carbonization and what does a hydrothermal carbonization expert do? Hydrothermal Carbonization (HTC) is a process that is capable of converting organic matter into carbon-rich substances in the presence of water, at temperatures of about 190–260°C. Consequently, this process is suitable for waste valorization, as high moisture content waste feedstocks such as agricultural residues, animal litter, and sewage can be converted into value-added products like catalysts, activated carbon, biofuels, and soil enhancers without the need for a pre-drying step.
The HTC process has been successfully scaled up to a commercial scale in some parts of Europe. An HTC expert is involved in evaluating the potential for scaling up the HTC process, by assessing the nature of the biomass or waste feedstocks available, calculating mass and energy balances, identifying suitable equipment, and assisting with health and safety risk assessments.
Large renewable energy and biochemical consulting firms like Lee Enterprises Consulting will certainly have experts in hydrothermal carbonization. They also offer a wide range of services in the general areas of biofuels, biochemicals, biotechnologies, biomaterials, synthetic biology commercialization, and feedstocks, and will have specialized business and financial services like due diligence, feedstock availability, government grants and loans, and bio market research. A big consulting group like this should also offer technical and engineering-related services like techno-economic analysis, environmental evaluations, feasibility studies, risk analysis, and expert witness engagements, and have solid 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. 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.