Isobutanol Expert

What does an isobutanol expert or energy consultant do? Isobutanol is a colorless, flammable liquid has a variety of technical and industrial applications.  It has historically been used mainly as a solvent in such things as paint solvent, varnish remover, or a chemical extractant in production of organic compounds.  Isobutanol is also being used as…

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Biomass Energy

The definition of biomass energy?  Biomass energy is that which is produced from renewable organic materials, such as wood, agricultural crops or wastes, and municipal wastes, especially when used as a source of fuel or energy. Biomass can be burned directly or processed into biofuels such as bio ethanol and methane. Biomass is certainly a…

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Ethanol as a Fuel

Interest in ethanol as fuel continues to rise. Most of the gasoline now sold in the United States is blended with some amount of fuel ethanol. These blends are named by their ethanol content. For example, a blend of 10% fuel ethanol and 90% gasoline (by volume) is known as E10 gasoline. In 2019, about…

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Biomass Energy Expert

The dictionary defines biomass energy as a renewable energy source from living or recently living plant and animal materials which can be used as fuel.  What does a biomass energy expert or biomass power expert do?  A biomass expert or consultant is someone with the education and experience in renewable organic materials, such as wood,…

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Techno Economic Analysis

Techno-economic Assessments aka techno-economic analysis, or TEAs, are a tool used to aid decision-makers on the worth of investing time and money on the development, deployment, and/or acquisition of a specific technology. As the name implies, a TEA assesses the maturity of the studied technology, as well as its potential future economic viability. As with…

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Gas to Liquids – Small Scale

Gas to liquids? Converting methane gas to a liquid fuel makes the material more valuable and convenient for transport and other uses.  Massive commercial installations that produce tens of thousands of barrels of liquids per day have been operating in South Africa and Qatar for decades to make diesel and gasoline from natural gas.  Upgrading gas…

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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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