Butanol – A Versatile Renewable

Is butanol a versatile renewable? Despite the common myth, biomass upgrading is a challenging science. Not only do the practitioners have to break down the complex biomass mixtures efficiently, but they must also contend with numerous other equally (and often times more) important considerations such as low oil prices (per barrel), process safety, waste streams,…

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Isobutanol: A New Product from Revamped Ethanol Plants

Isobutanol: A New Product from Revamped Ethanol Plants? (The following article was written in 2016.  Since the publication date BP and DuPont joint venture, Butamax, has started to produce Isobutanol from the Nesika Energy, LLC  ethanol plant in Kansas.  At 500,000 gallons per year the plant adds to the renewable butanol production from Gevo (rated…

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What to do About Algae?

(Note:  This is was written in 2016 and may contain information that is now out of date). In thinking about algae, I am reminded of my visit some years ago to a platinum mine in South Africa. About a mile underground at the end of the maze of tunnels at the ‘minefront’ they excavate about…

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Ocean Going Vessels Going Green

Ocean-Going Vessels Going Green? Currently, over 866 million tons per year of CO2, or 2.4% of the world’s total, come from maritime sources.   A report to the European Parliament predicts that maritime emission will account for up to 17% of total global greenhouse gas produced by 2050.   In the US market, ships used a 150,000…

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The Industrial State of Biofuels Technologies

By Dr. Gerald Kutney, Lee Enterprises Consulting A myriad of biofuel technologies exist, but which ones are truly industrial processes? The question is not always easy to answer. And one must define what is meant by an industrial process. To facilitate this task, three classifications of industrial status are utilized: Established – modern facilities are numerous,…

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Advanced Biofuels. Now? Later? Never?

By Terry J. Mazanec, PhD Advanced Biofuels. Now? Later? Never?  Biofuels are not new, of course. Our earliest ancestors mastered fire in prehistoric times, and the use of wood for heat and light was established. The first “man-made” fuel was char produced by the slow pyrolysis of wood or other vegetable matter. Liquid fuels have…

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Circular Economy and Waste Conversion

The increasing amount of waste is one of the most demanding problems facing the world, which creates global environmental challenges. Worldwide, 2.12 billion tons of waste are generated annually, and it is expected to rise at the current trend. The most of the trash ends up in landfills emitting harmful pollutants into our air, water,…

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Bioenergy Expert

Large renewable energy and biochemical consulting firms have bioenergy experts in many different specialties within the bioeconomy.  These alternative energy and energy consulting groups and their consultants have expertise in renewable fuels (ethanol, cellulosic ethanol, biodiesel, and synthetic diesel), renewable chemicals, renewable electricity, biomass energy, synthetic biology, biomass technologies (conventional and emerging), waste management, carbon…

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