BPA and Plastics

BPA (Bisphenol A), is a chemical widely used to make hard, clear plastics. Its strength, structural stability, and light weight have made it excellent for use in things like eyeglasses and water bottles.  However, BPA has been linked to several health problems as it disrupts how hormones function in the body. For many years BPA…

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Renewable Hydrogen

Renewable hydrogen is produced by a process known as electrolysis, where an electric current splits water into hydrogen and oxygen. If the electricity is produced by renewable sources like solar, wind, or biofuels, the resulting hydrogen will be considered renewable as well and has numerous emissions benefits. Hydrogen produced from this process can be used…

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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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New Bio Plastics and Resins

New BIo Plastics and Resins? Sales of biopolymers and resins are predicted to grow to over $5 billion by 2021.   Biomass derived materials have been used neat and as components in composites and blends for the last decade. Products made with high contents of cellulose, starch, proteins, chitosan are common. New products made with biosynthetic…

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The 30-30 Rule: Lessons from the Field in Wood Power

By Charles Loos, P.E., Lee Enterprises Consulting From an operations standpoint, a wood-fired power plant can be described as a fuel handling system first, and a power plant second. The biggest challenges stem from the fuel itself – procurement, supply, handling, and combustion. By contrast, the steam turbine and power cycle seem relatively trouble-free. Fuel-related problems…

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Sustainable Consumer Products

The world continues to migrate toward sustainable consumer products. The World Bank showed that more than 50% of global GDP is driven by household consumer expenditure for both essential and discretionary goods. (https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/NE.CON.PETC.ZS).  It follows therefore that consumer purchasing and disposal decisions have a significant impact on the global economy. Such decisions can impact the…

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Ethanol as a Fuel

Interest in ethanol as fuel continues to rise. Most of the gasoline now sold in the United States is blended with some amount of fuel ethanol. These blends are named by their ethanol content. For example, a blend of 10% fuel ethanol and 90% gasoline (by volume) is known as E10 gasoline. In 2019, about…

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Synthetic Biology Experts

Synthetic biology experts assist in redesigning organisms for useful purposes by engineering them to have new abilities. Synthetic biology researchers and companies around the world are harnessing the power of nature to solve problems in medicine, manufacturing, and agriculture.is a rapidly emerging field that applies science and engineering principles to biology, resulting in the design…

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