Lignin consultants are often in high demand as ligins constitute about 30% of the non-fossil carbon available from biomass. It is a coproduct of both woody and agricultural wastes. Currently, most of the lignin collected is burned as fuel for boilers and fired heaters. Finding ways for increasing its value is critical to the economy and reducing the cost of biofuels and bio-derived chemicals. Methods for valorising lignin are key components of both government and commercially supported research and development efforts.
Lignin is a complex polymer, and its structure varies in different plants. For example, there are significant differences in soft and hardwood lignins that affect their processability. Separating the lignin from the cellulosic portion of the feed requires complex thermal, chemical and or enzymatic process. The methods used for lignin can be a major factor in convert to chemicals and other products. In addition to fuels, lignins have been considered for the production of carbon foams, graphene, activated carbons, adhesives and asphalt additives. The subunits of the lignin polymers are oxygen substituted aromatics, and they can be used to produce phenols and BTX aromatics.
Large renewable energy and biochemical consulting firms like Lee Enterprises Consulting will certainly have lignin consultants. They also offer a wide range of services in the general areas of biofuels, biochemicals, biotechnologies, biomaterials, synthetic biology commercialization, feedstocks, and hemp/cannabis, and will have many specialized business and financial services like due diligence, feedstock availability, 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, 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.
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