Plastic Recycling

Despite the many positive benefits to using plastics and the impact they have had on daily life, they currently seem to have more of a negative reputation, and plastic recycling has become a booming business.  This is due largely in part to the mismanagement of plastic waste.  While much of the plastic waste is landfilled,…

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Good Manufacturing Practices

“Good Manufacturing Practices” (GMPs) is a term describing a body of regulations promulgated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  These are listed in the Code of Federal Regulations under part 21; they are numerous, extensive, and complex.  As a result, there exists a myriad of very similar definitions which attempt to describe the entirety…

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Aerobic Fermentation Processing

Bio-processing may involve aerobic fermentation, whereas ethanol and chemicals from starches and lignocellulosic materials are generally anaerobic processes. Aerobic fermentation is a metabolic process by which cells metabolize sugars via fermentation in the presence of oxygen and occurs through the repression of normal respiratory metabolism. Aerobic fermentation occurs in the presence of oxygen. It usually…

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Cellulosic Hydrolysis Reactors

Cellulosic Hydrolysis Reactors? Cellulosic materials, such as corn stover, cane, switchgrass, timber waste, municipal solid waste, etc., can be processed into fuels and renewable chemicals. Broadly speaking, there are two main methods: pyrolysis and hydrolysis. The former is relatively independent of feedstock but happens at high temperatures and may have yield losses due to breakdown…

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Fermentation Waste Expert

Sometimes we think of fermentation in terms preserving foods or producing alcoholic beverages or acidic dairy products.  But the term “fermentation” encompasses much. Fermentation waste treatment is the production of chemical changes in wastes via some enzymatic action.  This is normally done to make the waste into a useable product like biofuels.   Just as…

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Pyrolysis Technology & Tire Processing

Pyrolysis tire processing is a growing business worldwide thanks to advances in pyrolysis technology. It is a good thing, because tires are highly durable and non-biodegradable, and they took up lots of landfill space. In 1990, it was estimated that over 1 billion scrap tires were in stockpiles in the United States. Recycling these waste…

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Biofuels Project Funding

As a greener planet and sustainable future would appear to be something everyone should agree on, the question becomes why biofuels project funding is not a given. Why do many bioenergy projects, even very good ones, not get the funding they need? Undoubtedly, there are many reasons that failures to obtain financing occur, but some…

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Consultant or Employee?

Is it better to hire a consultant or employee for your bioeconomy-related business?  The answer depends on many factors, the most important three being the skill set you need, the length of time you will need it, and what you are hoping to accomplish with the hire.  If you have a specific project or need…

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