Biofuels Co-Products: Animal Feed

A significant portion of biofuels co-products is in the area of animal feed – often livestock feeding.  Does this naturally raise the question as to whether there is a difference between animal-grade and human-grade food ingredients?  From a strict, regulatory standpoint, the rules promulgated by the FDA are similar but different.  Human food rules are…

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Biofuels and Livestock Production

Livestock production and biofuels – especially ethanol – seem like a match made in Heaven.  Ethanol producers can leverage the corn-purchase requirements of integrated operations for the economic benefit of both.  Also, the co-products coming out of the ethanol plant can be fed back to the livestock – with the cost-savings synergies realized in not…

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Why and When You Need a Project Consultant

In the bioeconomy, the role of project consultant in the bioeconomy is somewhat the same as in any industry, and somewhat unique.  It requires first and foremost, a clear understanding of everyone’s duties and limitations.  When an investor or developer hires a project consultant, what are they right to expect?  Someone who can lead and…

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CAN/CSA-ISO 17225 Solid Biofuels Standards for Forest Biomass

In 2015, the Canadian Standards Association adopted and published a series of CAN/CSA – ISO 17225 Solid Biofuels Standards based on the harmonization of European and ISO standards.  The objective of the series, as stated in the ISO Standard, is “to provide unambiguous and clear classification principles for solid biofuels and to serve as a…

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Torrefied Biomass

Torrefied biomass is available, efficient, CO2 neutral and economic, and likely the best solid biomass on the market.  Torrefaction is a thermal pre-treatment technology used to upgrade lignocellulosic biomass to higher quality and more attractive biofuel. In the torrefaction process, biomass is heated to 250-350°C in a low oxygen atmosphere, so that all moisture is…

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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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Biofuels Agitation Expert

Agitation is a crucial part of any biofuels process. This means having the right agitation equipment and making sure it operates properly. A biofuels agitation expert is one who consults with clients on the design and application of these agitation systems. The expert’s advice will likely include things like calculating the power, shaft speed, and…

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Gas-to-Liquids (GTL)

Converting gas to liquids refers to a refining process whereby natural gas or some other gaseous hydrocarbon is converted into longer-chain hydrocarbons like gasoline or diesel fuel.  The Fischer-Tropsch process is a popular Gas-to-Liquids technology.  The conversion is a catalyzed chemical reaction in which synthesis gas (syngas), a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen, is…

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