Opportunities to Transition Ethanol Facilities to Biochemical Refineries

By: Daniel A. Lane and Joel A. Stone, Lee Enterprises Consulting Opportunities to Transition Ethanol Facilities to Biochemical Refineries? The US commercial petroleum industry started with the drilling by retired railroad conductor Edwin Drake of a well near Titusville, PA in 1859.  Drake’s well sparked an oil boom and over the next couple of years,…

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Biomass-Fed Chemical Process Projects, 2017

By Bernard Cooker. This is a review of the biomass-fed chemical process projects producing renewable chemical products which were published in Chemical Engineering Progress (CEP) and Chemical and Engineering News (CEN) from 1/1/17 to 12/18/17. It includes activity in biochemicals, biopolymers and other renewable products. It is based on a spreadsheet database of the information…

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How to Win the Public Policy Debate – and the Annual Government Agency Funding Battles – for the Bioeconomy

by Craig (CJ) Evans, Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc. More than almost any other emerging industry, financing for the bioeconomy is heavily influenced by and, in many cases, reliant on favorable public policies. Everyone involved in the bioeconomy – companies, entrepreneurs, visionaries, vendors, employees, and local communities – should be aware of, keep track of, and…

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Circular Economy Expert

What is a circular economy expert? The term “circular economy” refers to an economy in which generated waste materials are recycled or converted into forms retaining as high value as possible, as opposed to a traditional linear economy where materials are simply put in landfills to decompose at what every rate, if at all.  Recycling…

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Circular Economy Benefits

A circular economy isn’t just about fixing environmental wrongs.  It brings big opportunities and positive impacts across lots of industries and lives.  Right now, less than 10% of the 100 billion tons of metals, minerals, and fossil fuels are recycled and used again.  A circular economy is about making better use of natural resources like…

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Biochemicals Expert

What does a biochemicals expert or biochemicals consultant do?  First, let’s define biochemicals.  Biochemicals are any materials that are derived from renewable biological resources such as plants or plant or animal wastes.  Familiar examples include ethanol produced by fermentation, and acetic acid (vinegar), but also include a wide range of specialty chemicals such as pharmaceuticals…

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