Forest Biomaterials

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,…

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Due Diligence in Biomass Project Acquisition

What does a due diligence expert do in biomass-related projects?  Capital projects such as biomass plants are often sold at various stages of development, including pre-construction, mid-construction, and fully operational.   Investors seeking to purchase such assets must perform their own diligence regarding the financial, legal, regulatory, technical, and environmental aspects of a project.    A seasoned…

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Gas to Liquids Expert

What do gas to liquids experts do? Gas to liquids refers to a refining process whereby natural gas or some other gaseous hydrocarbon is converted into longer-chain hydrocarbons like gasoline or diesel fuel.  The Fischer-Tropsch process is a popular Gas-to-Liquids technology.  The conversion is a catalyzed chemical reaction in which synthesis gas (syngas), a mixture…

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Bioplastics Expert

A bioplastics expert or bioplastics consultant is someone who has a significant background in this area, through education and/or experience.  An expert in bioplastics has a wide range of expertise in the technologies and businesses concerning the production and utility of bioplastics produced from renewable resources. He or she should be able to assist investors…

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Waste to Energy Consultants

What do waste-to-energy consultants do?  Waste to Energy includes a variety of technologies consisting of several different thermochemical or biological methods of generating energy from waste materials. Popular commercial applications include combustion and anaerobic digestion for processing municipal solid waste, livestock manure, and food waste at the municipal, farms, and industrial scales. Livestock manure and…

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Renewable Hydrogen Expert

A renewable hydrogen expert is an expert in the process of hydrogen production from renewable and fossil feedstocks as well as the compression, liquefaction, delivery, and dispensing of hydrogen.  Hydrogen from thermal conversion involves the reforming or partial oxidation of methane or other feedstocks with steam.  Biogas from landfills or dairies is also a potential…

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Biofuels from the Oil & Gas Perspective

The origins of biofuels can be found in the cellulose ethanol efforts of WW2 and even before early automakers learned that remote farmers might even divert some of the family’s moonshine to keep the car running.  But, in today’s world, how do oil and gas companies look at biofuels?  To answer this, we must first…

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Formulation Chemistry for Plant-Derived Materials in New Products

In the global bio-economy, the renewable materials supply chain usually starts with raw materials derived via extraction from plant matter, or from the fermentation of functional plant matter. The materials made via these routes generally fall into two categories, namely: Commercially available and chemically identical to materials made from petrochemicals or animal sources (such as…

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