What do syngas consultants or syngas experts do? First, let’s define Syngas. Synthesis Gas, or Syngas, is used to describe a range of gas mixtures used to make – synthesize – a desired chemical, fuel, etc. Usually, syngas is a hydrogen based mixture, but could well be a mixture of other gases from which an end-product may be made. Synthesis commonly refers to the use of catalysts to make an end-product, but today we see biological processes using tailored syngas to make a range of chemicals not previously available from gaseous building blocks. Ammonia was the first widely used chemical to be formed catalytically form a hydrogen:nitrogen syngas, and was followed by dozens of specialized catalytic, and biological, processes. Syngas has been made from coal, oil, natural gas, from many industrial by-products, and from biomass, our favored, renewable, syngas source.
A syngas expert or syngas consultant has both academic training and practical experience in R&D and/or industry with regard to the development, scale-up, and full scale industrial sourcing and use of synthesis gas, and in our case, of synthesis gas either derived from biomass or used to make biochemical products.
Syngas consultants (syngas experts) assist clients in selecting the right feedstocks, syngas and syngas conditioning, and end-product catalytic or biological technology and in preparing due diligence/feasibility studies and loan/grant applications. During design, the Syngas expert may perform a peer review of the design, provide technical recommendations, prepare cost opinions and assist with permit applications. During construction, the syngas expert might assist with engineering reviews, feedstock selection, construction oversight of the facility and provide commissioning reports. They may also provide operator training, start-up assistance and management to assist in making the facilities run as smoothly and efficiently as possible. In matters involving synthesis gas litigation, the Syngas consultant may serve as an expert witness and assist the attorneys with understanding the processes and related technical issues and may testify in court about syngas technology, economics and related matters.
Large renewable energy and biochemical consulting firms certainly have experts in syngas, biofuels like bio ethanol, biodiesel, and renewable diesel, and the more common areas like biomaterials, biomass, biomass power, feedstocks, and biotechnology. In these larger consulting groups, one will also find energy consultants in some specialty area like other biofuels like algae biofuels, aviation/biojet fuels, ethanol, cellulosic ethanol, advanced biofuels, biodiesel, renewable diesel, renewable natural gas, renewable and biochemicals, biogas, biochar, bio coals, biobutanol, pyrolysis oil, and producer gas, wood pellets
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