Biomass Sourcing, Storage, and Preparation

Many biomass-based projects show that problems frequently occur due to over-simplified assumptions as to the sources, delivering quality and quantity, storage and reclaim requirements, and pre-processing of biomass to meet the process feedstock specifications.  If your region needs an alternative to landfilling and seeks not only recycling of the easy stuff – clean paper, plastics, and…

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Heat Transfer Issues in Mechanically Agitated Fermenters

Heat Transfer Issues in Mechanically Agitated Fermenters? Aerobic fermentation generates a significant amount of heat, which must be removed to maintain a constant temperature. The main heat sources are metabolic heat generation, agitator power input, and compressor power input. Removing the heat is made more challenging by the fact that fermenters are operated at mild…

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Biocatalysis Expert

Biocatalysis is the use of enzymes as catalysts, and unfortunately, the word invokes a general sense that the principles of chemistry and thermodynamics are somehow different because a biological entity is being used. Enzymes are simply catalysts that are high molecular weight polyamides that do not usually contain a precious metal atom.  The use of an…

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Cellulosic Biomass Expert

Cellulose is the most abundant organic compound on earth with cellulosic biomass literally everywhere. It is a critical component of the cellular structure of plants and some bacteria excrete it as well. Cellulosic materials can be processed into many useful commodities, such as fuels, sugars, polymers, fibers and other chemicals. Though there are many routes…

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Environmental Review – Renewable Energy Projects

What is an environmental review in a renewable energy project? Environmental review is the identification and evaluation of the potential impact a renewable energy project (REP) may have on natural and human resources. As is typical for many industrial projects, a comprehensive review of environmental impacts for a REP is used to determine the full…

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Wastewater Treatment

Wastewater treatment is a process used to remove contaminants from wastewater and convert it into an effluent that can be returned to the water cycle. Once returned to the water cycle, the effluent creates an acceptable impact on the environment or is reused for various purposes (called water reclamation). Wastewater refers to any non-potable aqueous effluent…

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Odor Control Experts

Fugitive odors arising from municipal wastewater plants and industrial operations plants have become problematic as commercial and residential development encroaches on the odor-generating sources.  As a result, municipalities are increasingly placing regulations and restrictions on these operations and a new demand for odor control technologies has developed.  The odors, comprised primarily of hydrogen sulfide and…

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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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