Renewable Chemicals

Renewable chemicals are slowly replacing fossil-derived chemicals.  These chemicals are often made from renewable resources such as wood, algae, and agricultural waste and can often be one-for-one, identical replacement materials, or in some cases, they are new and improved versions of the chemicals they replace. Ethyl alcohol (ethanol, grain alcohol, drinking alcohol) has been produced…

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Techno-economic analysis: Algae Cultivation

How do algae experts assist in techno-economic analysis (TEA).  TEA is the combination of conceptual process design and production cost estimation activities. Algae cultivation refers to the growth and recovery of algal biomass in open ponds or photobioreactors. Many algae strains of interest produce oils that may be used as food or nutraceuticals, or upgraded…

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Bio-plastics

Bio-plastics are gathering lots of attention as U.S companies increasingly embrace the concept of a circular economy that aims to create innovative, sustainable ways to reduce waste and preserve resources. Biodegradable plastics are made from renewable biologic substances, from plants to agricultural waste, rather than petroleum. Their role is the focus of sessions at the…

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Renewable Biofuels

The production of renewable biofuels and advanced biofuels in the U.S. still is in its infancy, with significant growth potential. These fuels —  made from living or previously living substances, such as agricultural products (soybeans, corn, sugar) and fast-growing algae — only represent eight percent of 2017 U.S. transporation fuel use, according to the U.S.…

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Renewable Energy

What is a renewable energy?  First, an energy source that is not renewable is finite.  Energy sources like petroleum, natural gas, and nuclear fuel are all finite.  No more is being made.  Once they are used, they are gone.  On the other hand, renewable energy is any form of energy that can be produced from…

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Renewable Energy Projects

Interest in renewable energy projects, the pivot point to the transition to greater sustainability and a smaller carbon footprint, has continued to escalate among entrepreneurs, investors, and policymakers around the world. The International Energy Agency is now predicting renewable energy projects such as renewable electricity generation will increase by more than one-third by 2022, the result…

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Maritime Use of Renewable Fuels

Marine renewable fuels are beginning to attract a great deal of attention just like sustainable aviation fuel has done. Why is that?  Much of the world’s oil supply contains about one-half percent of sulfur, which is known to cause respiratory and heart problems.  For many years, price conscious ocean going vessels have been using the…

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Lignin Consultant

Lignin consultants are often in high demand as ligins constitute about 30% of the non-fossil carbon available from biomass.  It is a coproduct of both woody and agricultural wastes.   Currently, most of the lignin collected is burned as fuel for boilers and fired heaters.   Finding ways for increasing its value is critical to the economy…

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