Decarbonization: Getting from Policy to Projects

How does one get from policy to project in the world of decarbonization?  First, we must understand decarbonization. The term “decarbonization” literally means the reduction of carbon.  In today’s world, it refers to the conversion to an economic system that sustainably reduces and compensates the emissions of carbon dioxide (CO₂) – the long-term goal being to…

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Biomass Technology Commercialization

Biomass Technology Commercialization refers to a rigorous process that transforms a biomass technology concept through a series of steps into a profitable operating biomass entity. Inventors and their investors must convert their concepts into commercial success to achieve a financial return with the least amount of risk exposure.  The normal path for commercializing a biomass…

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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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Sustainability Consulting

What is sustainability consulting?  Sustainability can be defined as the avoidance of the depletion of natural resources to maintain an ecological balance.  Sustainability focuses on meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs, and is composed of economic, environmental, and social sustainability. Sustainability consultants or experts…

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Green Energy Consulting

What is green energy consulting?  Green energy is defined as energy that comes from natural sources like sunlight, wind, rain, tides, plants, algae, and geothermal heat. These energy resources are renewable, meaning they are naturally replenished.  Green energy consulting is sometimes referred to as sustainability consulting, green consulting, eco consulting, or environmental management consulting.  The…

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Lignins

Lignins are natural polymers that give the cell walls of plants their strength, have been called some nasty names: an “ugly, unwieldy molecule,” ornery, tough, and uncooperative.  But lignin experts say the unloved, but abundant, substance, is coming into its own as a sustainable and effective alternative to fossil fuels. The second most abundant polymer in…

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Alternative Energy Experts

What is an alternative energy expert and what do they do?  Alternative energy would be those types of energy which are generated in ways that do not deplete natural resources or harm the environment, thus making them an “alternative” to the use of fossil fuels or nuclear power.   Renewable energy refers to a specific type…

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Due Diligence – Financial

Securing financing and conducting financial due diligence are two of the most critical parts of any project.  We get many calls for assistance in securing financing – where to go, what to expect, how to be best prepared, etc.  On the other side, much of our professional time is spent conducting technical or financial due…

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