Livestock Grazing and Land Management Experts

Livestock grazing is an important tool in effective, sustainable range management.  In days gone by, people that owned cows and raised calves tended to think of themselves purely as beef producers. In the more modern cattle industry, we understand the use of herds as grass farmers, with cows being the vehicle to harvest forage and…

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Feed Ingredient Evaluation for Livestock Producers

Livestock feed evaluation? Livestock producers are constantly in search of ways to improve the economics of their operations.  One effective way of realizing improved economics is to incorporate new ingredients into the feeding operation.  In this venture, producers must be careful to make certain they are familiar with the new ingredient and fully aware of…

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Polymer Expert

What is a polymer expert? Polymer science is the study of all types of polymers and plastics, including both thermosets and thermoplastics and their applications.  Examples of the applications of these low-cost, high performance materials that we use in our everyday lives include medical implants, packaging, insulation, automobile and airplane composites, adhesives, protective coatings and…

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New Bio Plastics and Resins

New BIo Plastics and Resins? Sales of biopolymers and resins are predicted to grow to over $5 billion by 2021.   Biomass derived materials have been used neat and as components in composites and blends for the last decade. Products made with high contents of cellulose, starch, proteins, chitosan are common. New products made with biosynthetic…

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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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An Overview of the Biochar and Activated Carbon Markets

Activated carbon markets? Biochar is an emerging market; growing rapidly, still in its infancy, but with gigaton market potential when we, as in humanity, start addressing the climate crisis. Activated carbons are a mature market of about one million tons annual production, which is growing slowly. They are basically like fraternal twins; they have a…

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Decentralized Organics to Energy with Containerized Anaerobic Digestion

Decentralized Organics to Energy with Containerized Anaerobic Digestion by John Forcier, P.E., Lee Enterprises Consulting Most trash and recycled waste materials are being processed on a regional basis to maximize the economy of scale. There have been various attempts to gather and process organic waste materials utilizing similar methods, but the challenges are far from…

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Catalysis in Renewable Chemicals: Noteworthy Developments 2015-2016

By Dr. Bernard Cooker, Lee Enterprises Consulting Introduction The use of catalysts, both living entities, such as microorganisms, and otherwise inert synthetic and biologically-derived materials, such as supported transition metals and enzymes, are frequently key to the development of technically efficient and low cost commercial processes to biochemicals and biopolymers. The articles in Chemical Engineering Progress…

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