Surfactant Expert

What is a Surfactant?  The term “Surfactant” is a contraction of the term surface-active agent.  A Surfactant is a substance that, when present even at very low levels in a system, has the property of absorbing onto the surfaces or interfaces in the system and altering their interfacial free energies in dramatic ways.  Surfactants help…

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Carbon Negative Impacts from Biomass Conversion

Many countries have carbon credit programs for biomass conversion, designed to achieve GHG reduction goals. Several forms of biomass diversion from landfills, farms, and other biomass–dependent GHG sources are already in operation to support significant GHG reductions. Examples of GHG reductions are given, and the carbon impact of the different commercially available biomass on GHG…

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Sustainable v. Renewable

While often regarded as interchangeable, “sustainable” and “renewable” are terms with h different meanings.  In an “Energy Education” article the University of Calgary posted online, the university clarified the distinctions in the definitions of the two. Although many firms, experts, and entrepreneurs might continue to substitute one word for the other, when one is applying…

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Burning Municipal Solid Waste (MSW)

Burning municipal solid waste (MSW) or garbage in waste-to-energy plants certainly results in less waste being buried in landfills. However, burning this garbage has the potential to produce air pollution and release chemicals into the air. Since some of these are hazardous to people and the environment if not properly controlled, there are strict environmental…

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Gasification Consultant

Gasification is a process that involves heating biomass or other organic carbonaceous feedstocks to a temperature of > 700 ₒC without combusting the feedstock by starving the material of oxygen. A gasification consultant is an expert in this process which converts these materials into carbon monoxide, hydrogen, and carbon dioxide that can then be used…

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