Funding Basics for Bio Projects

Funding basics for bio related projects?  Funding for a bioeconomy business can come from many sources.  It is important to understand the types of funding, and what is necessary to secure each.  These points just touch the surface of available financing for bioeconomy ventures. Venture capitalists are normally large, well established companies that invest in…

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The Demand for Natural Rubber

The demand for natural rubber? In 2004, the History Channel broadcast a Modern Marvels Special on Natural Rubber. My favorite quote from that special is “Our four most important natural resources are air, water, petroleum, and rubber.” (I would have argued for soil to be part of the list.) Nonetheless, while most people guess the…

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Scale-Up of Emerging Biofuel Technologies

ScaleUp of Emerging Biofuels Technologies? INTRODUCTION: The continued interest in advanced biofuels has produced numerous exciting technical advances on the laboratory, pilot and demonstration scales.  However, attempts to translate these small scale successes into commercial technologies have been less successful.   It is easy to blame lower oil and natural gas prices and opposition from special…

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Glycerin as Anti-Freeze Agent for Coal

Glycerin as Anti-Freeze Agent for Coal?  Anyone who has produced biodiesel knows that glycerin can set up like wax if the process is over-catalyzed and/or animal fats are used as feedstocks. More than one of us has shoveled our share of “hard” glycerin.   As a result, many biodiesel producers find it surprising that one of…

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Biomass Energy Conversion

What is biomass energy conversion? Biomass is organic, meaning it comes from living organisms like plants and animals. In biomass energy conversion, the common biomass materials used for energy are plants, wood, and waste – called biomass feedstocks.  While we often think of biomass energy as the conversion of a biomass into a fuel that…

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Current Federal Bioeconomy Funding Opportunities

Need information on current federal bioeconomy funding opportunities? Our website has recently added two new pages that may be of value to you. The first is our new Government Programs & Resources Page.  This page contains a list of all the different U.S. Government Funding Programs and Resources available to support companies and projects in…

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Biomass Technology Experts

Biomass Technology Experts.  While there are many types of biomass conversion technologies, they are primarily divided into four major groups.  The first group are thermal conversion technologies – those that use heat to convert biomass materials into energy.  These would include pyrolysis and torrefaction technologies.  The second group are chemical conversion technologies which, as the…

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