Ethanol Protein – Importance of Co-Product Quality

Why is the importance of ethanol protein co-product quality? At least eight ethanol plants have recently installed new process technology that separates higher value corn fermentation protein from whole stillage. This ethanol protein is a combination of corn protein and yeast protein from the ethanol fermentation process. This protein product is destined for growing animal…

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Site Planning to Mitigate Environmental Risks

In well-developed bioeconomy projects, initial site planning, placement of facilities, and mitigation of potential environmental risks, are the factors that help improves a project’s chance of overall economic success.  It is critical for project developers and land managers to work together in developing optimization models that guide systematic, multi-objective planning efforts, collectively including biodiversity and…

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Biomass Wildlife Impact

It is well known that sustainable feedstock development is the cornerstone of the bioeconomy, but does sustainable biomass production  encompasses things like wildlife impact, and more than just reliable annual yields of high-quality feedstock?  Biomass provides habitat for our nation’s wildlife resources, a source for capturing carbon in our soils, material that can intercept and…

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PFAS Experts

PFAS is short for “poly and perfluoroalkyl substances”.  You likely encounter it regularly, maybe multiple times a day. You might even consume it.  PFAS, a class of more than 4,000 different chemicals, is everywhere. It turns up in everything from household items to fast food wrappers. It has even been found in our blood. And new…

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Biochemical Conversion Processes

Biochemical conversion processes? Enzymes and micro-organisms are frequently used as biocatalysts to convert biomass or biomass-derived compounds into desirable products. Biotechnology advances are expected to lead to dramatic biochemical conversion improvements. The most popular biochemical technologies are anaerobic digestion (or biomethanation) and fermentation. Cellulase and hemicellulase enzymes break down the carbohydrate fractions of biomass into…

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Biofuels and Livestock Production

Livestock production and biofuels – especially ethanol – seem like a match made in Heaven.  Ethanol producers can leverage the corn-purchase requirements of integrated operations for the economic benefit of both.  Also, the co-products coming out of the ethanol plant can be fed back to the livestock – with the cost-savings synergies realized in not…

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Integrated Energy Planning

As the name implies, integrated energy planning involves the integration of different sectors of energy like petroleum, coal, natural gas, and renewables – normally to produce electricity, heat or transportation fuels.  Integrated energy planning includes energy used for homes and the industrial consumer and has the goal of reducing CO₂ emissions. Integrated energy planning involves…

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Feedstocks: Forestry

Forestry feedstocks utilized in the renewable industry include woody biomass such as: logging residue (e.g. slash, saw dust), forest management waste (e.g. wildfire mitigation, diseased tree removal), and dedicated energy forestry crops (e.g. poplar trees and willow stands).  A sustainable future requires solid forest management practices to maintain habitats for wildlife and minimize the devastating…

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