Alternative Energy

Alternative energy refers to a wide range of energy generation processes that do not deplete natural resources or harm the environment.  Are alternative and renewable energy the same thing?  While they certainly contain a great deal of overlap, there are differences.  Alternative energy is energy that is generated in ways that do not deplete natural…

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Biomass Conversion

What is biomass conversion? In the context of Industrial Biotechnology (IB) biomass is a feedstock used to supply sugars or other chemicals which are used for energy to drive fermentation processes or as feedstocks for biochemical transformations.  The biomass should be of low value so that the manufacturing processes are economic and the products will…

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Biomass Pyrolysis

In countries around the globe, biomass pyrolysis is increasingly being used to convert useless waste into useful fuel and other materials. Pyrolysis of biomass—an ancient technique that applies high heat to organic materials, decomposing them into something else entirely (such as the charred wood that various civilizations have created and utilized over the centuries)—has in…

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Pyrolysis Processes

A wide variety of materials are being used in pyrolysis processes, and experts believe this is a technology that will continue to experience more and more innovations and growth. Pyrolysis, which uses high heat to convert one product into another, utilizes low-value materials such as agricultural waste, forestry byproducts, and burned trees to produce bio-oil,…

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Renewable Energy Research

Renewable energy research is escalating. Research on various forms of renewable energy has escalated exponentially in recent years.  From the federally funded projects being pursued by the nearly 1,700 full- and part-time employees, 700 visiting researchers, 80 post-doctoral students, and 234 interns at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory; to the thousands…

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Green Energy Grants

Green Energy Grants: Finding a Way Through the Forest Small businesses looking to start a green energy pilot program, larger companies looking to scale up, city and state government planners hoping to launch sustainable, renewable energy projects all need one thing to get off the ground: funding. Finding grants to support green energy ventures can…

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Techno Economic Assessment for Startup Companies

Techno-Economic Assessment for Startup Companies in the Bioeconomy?  Having experts who have been in the industrial biotech industry for over 30 years, we are encouraged to see many startup companies realizing and implementing TEAs (Techno-Economic Analysis) as a tool to assess their proposed processes. TEAs can help to elucidate the gap between current process status…

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RIN Experts

What do RIN experts do? A Renewable Identification Number (or RIN) is a serial number assigned to the volume of a batch of biofuel for the purpose of tracking its production, transfers, trading, and ultimate use or retirement.  This is required by the U.S. EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) which was implemented as a result…

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