Biochar Expert

What does a biochar expert do? First, let’s define biochar.  Biochar is the carbonaceous material produced by combustion of biomass.  Biochar is a stable solid, rich in carbon, and can endure in soil for thousands of years. It can be considered a method of sequestering carbon and has been shown to improve crop yields.  It…

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The Expert Witness in Biofuels and Biochemicals Litigation

When oil prices are relatively low, and the status of U.S. government incentives has continued uncertainty, a predictable downturn in biofuel and biochemical related industries brings with it increased participant discomfort, leading to more lawsuits and finding the right biochemical or biofuels expert witness become paramount. Those of us that have been in the “bioeconomy”…

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Cleaning Up Fixed Asset Lists Saves Money

Cleaning Up Fixed Asset Lists Saves Money? Many renewable companies struggle to keep their fixed assets lists up to date.  A fixed asset is a long-term tangible property that a company owns and uses in its operations to generate income.  The assets are referred to as property, plant, and equipment (PP&E).  When a company purchases…

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USDA Section 9003 Funding for 2020

USDA Section 9003 Funding for 2020? The USDA is still actively accepting applications and has Section 9003 loan guarantee funding available.   This is mandatory funding authorized in the Farm Bill this fiscal year- approximately $63 million of loan level along with carry-over funding. Only a few Phase I applications were received by the April 1,…

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Due Diligence in Renewable Projects

Due Diligence in Renewables?  Due diligence is a crucial step in every project from evaluating technology to securing funding to everything in between.  What does a renewable fuels or renewable chemicals due diligence expert do?    Due diligence (DD) is a comprehensive appraisal of a project or plant, undertaken by a prospective buyer, lender or investor. …

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Renewable Diesel Expert

  What does the renewable diesel expert do? Renewable diesel refers to a drop in replace for diesel derived from fossil fuels.  It is derived from biomass and made via processes that meet lifecycle requirements to meet the definition so reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  They differ from biodiesels in that they have very low oxygen contents and…

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Catalytic Valorization

Catalytic valorization – enhancing value via catalytic processing – helps in reducing environmental emissions, lowering manufacturing costs, and substituting renewables for fossil resources.The catalyst industry is a $25 billion industry growing at about 4.5% per annum. Increasingly stringent environmental regulations and growing demand for renewable materials have been key factors driving the market.  The low…

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Emerging Renewable Technologies

Renewable technologies are now emerging around the world as viable sources of energy, fuels, and chemicals.  Improving cost-competiveness, dedicated policy initiatives, better access to financing, energy security, and environmental concerns are driving the rapid growth of renewable technologies.  As a result, more investors are entertaining options for engagements with renewable chemicals and fuels manufacturing projects. …

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