Best Renewable Energy

What is the best renewable energy?  To even attempt such an assessment requires answering two questions initially.  First, what is encompassed by the term “renewable energy”?   Second, how does one evaluate which is “best”?  By definition, “renewable energy” refers to a specific type of energy that is collected from some renewable resources, such as sunlight,…

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Energy Crop Consultant

What does an bioenergy crop or energy crop consultant do?  An energy crops expert can help you either produce biomass for conversion to energy, help select the best biomass sources for your energy generation project or help investors evaluate the merits of a proposed project. Energy crops are sources of biomass used to produce heat, electricity…

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Biodiesel Environmental Expert

What does a biodiesel plant environmental expert do? First, let’s discuss biodiesel production. As people search for alternative energy resources, the popularity of biodiesel fuel continues to increase.  Biodiesel is diesel fuel derived from non-petroleum-based sources such as biomass plant oils, animal fats, or refuse that are commonly obtained from waste or co-product streams of other…

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Food Waste Technology

Food Waste Technology, more formally called Food Waste-to-Energy Technology (FWTE), refers to processes that convert food waste i.e. any food waste from the food supply chain which was fit for human consumption at some time and no longer can be consumed due to spoilage, excess or expiry. This type of waste is generated from agricultural…

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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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Renewable Natural Gas

Renewable Natural Gas is produced from organic materials at farms, landfills, wastewater treatment plants, and food waste systems.  As an alternative to fossil fuel natural gas, RNG systems with good RNG technology can reduce greenhouse gas emissions. RNG is a manufactured product developed from the raw, methane-containing biogas produced by anaerobic digestion, in turn, a…

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The Demand for Natural Rubber

The demand for natural rubber? In 2004, the History Channel broadcast a Modern Marvels Special on Natural Rubber. My favorite quote from that special is “Our four most important natural resources are air, water, petroleum, and rubber.” (I would have argued for soil to be part of the list.) Nonetheless, while most people guess the…

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Hemp Eligibility for USDA Programs Under the 2018 Farm Bill

Hemp Eligibility for USDA Programs?  Hemp is an eligible renewable biomass feedstock for USDA rural development programs including Section 9003 (innovative new technologies), REAP (energy production- biofuels, electricity production) and B&I (commercially proven processes/technologies).  Normally under the rural development programs, agriculture production is not an eligible purpose. Agriculture production can be considered an eligible purpose…

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