Stage Gate Approach to Project Management

A stage gate approach (also known as a phase-gate or waterfall approach) is a common project management technique in which a project is divided into phases or stages that are separated by decision making points known as gates).  At each “gate” the decision is made as to whether to stop, move forward with the existing scope, schedule,…

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Renewable Diesel Feedstocks

The world of renewable diesel feedstocks is key to the emerging markets for hydrotreated oil and fats.  The world runs on about 240 million mt per year (tpy) of fats and oils. There is some 10% or double counting as virgin oils and fats that used in cooking often return to the world market at…

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Process Integration in Industrial Biotechnology / Synthetic Biology

What does a Process Integration Biotechnology or Synthetic Biology Expert do?  First, let’s define terms.  These two terms are frequently interchanged, but are not exactly synonymous; synthetic biology should be considered one of the tools used to build a commercially useful process in the field of industrial biotechnology.  The key feature is that industrial processes…

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Anaerobic Digesters: U.S.

A biotechnology approach that just a handful of farmers and ranchers were trying out two decades ago, is now being used at more than 250 farming operations across the country. Dairy, hog, poultry, and beef farmers in scores of states now have in operation 253 anaerobic digesters (AD) for manure management, according to AgSTAR,  a U.S.…

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Renewable Energy Funding

A variety of funding opportunities exist for those who are seeking renewable energy funds to bring a bioenergy project or biotechnology into being.  But it can be difficult to identify the correct potential source and to successfully navigate the various, sometimes complicated steps necessary to receive a grant or loan. Lee Enterprises Consulting (LEC), with its…

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Biotechnology – What is It?

The term “biotechnology” means to use a biological processes for an industrial purpose. In the emerging bioeconomy, the term refers to technologies used to produce biofuels and biochemicals.  There are many types of bio technologies, including medical (such as vaccines and antibiotics), agricultural (such as pest resistant crops and plant and animal breeding).  One of…

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Industrial Biotechnology Experts

Industrial Biotechnology is the use of biotechnology for industrial processes, using microorganisms and enzymes to produce goods for industry, including chemicals, plastics, food, agricultural and pharmaceutical products and energy carriers.  It provides us a new way to manufacture products while preventing pollution, conserving resources and reducing costs.  prevention, resource conservation, and cost reduction. Industrial biotechnology is often…

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