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Biomass Supply Chain Expert – Agriculture

What is an agricultural biomass supply chain expert? Simply put, it is a person that understands the dozens of issues that will affect the production of the tens of thousands of tons of feedstock that a project needs to be profitable as it produces a fuel or chemical.  The expert should know how to get […]

First Generation Biofuels

First generation biofuels are those made from sugar, starch, or vegetable oil.  Their feedstocks are those that may not be sustainable or might have an impact on food if used in large quantities.  These original first generation biofuels include biodiesel, ethanol, green diesel, bioethers, biogas, and the solid biofuels covering everything from wood and sawdust […]

Recycling Carbon Dioxide to Ethanol

Recycle carbon dioxide to ethanl?  A new promising option for captured carbon dioxide is recycling it back into usable fuels.  Basically, pushing the combustion reaction backwards, the new method converts carbon dioxide back into ethanol, a liquid fuel that is currently used as an additive in gasoline. The process involved development of a catalyst made […]

Biotechnology Experts

What does a biotechnology expert or consultant do?  Biotechnology is the use of some biological processes for industrial or other purpose, like the genetic manipulation of microorganisms for the production of antibiotics, hormones, etc.  There are many types of bio technologies, including medical (such as vaccines and antibiotics), agricultural (such as pest resistant crops and […]

Algae Biofuels Expert

What do algae biofuels experts or consultants do? Algae biofuels and byproducts are derived from the fastest growing plants – algae.  Algal biomass is known to generate 15 times more oil than other plant sources including corn, soybean, sunflower etc. Besides algal biomass can be cultivated in saltwater and wastewaters. Algae has been actively explored for […]

Ethanol Expert

What do ethanol experts or ethanol consultants do?   Ethanol, also called alcohol, ethyl alcohol, and drinking alcohol, is a simple alcohol produced by the fermentation of sugars with yeast, or by a petrochemical process.  Ethanol is most commonly consumed as a drinking alcohol, but it also has medical applications such as antiseptics or disinfectants. It is also used […]

Back to Basics: Effect of D/T Ratio on Agitator Power for Flow Controlled Applications

By Gregory T. Benz Introduction Many agitator applications, such as blending of miscible liquids or suspending slowly settling solids such as starch and grain slurries used in ethanol production, may be classified as flow-controlled applications. That is to say, the process result depends on creating a certain characteristic velocity, Vb, which is calculated on a […]

Celebrating Canada’s 150th: A Short History of the Biofuel Industry in Canada

 By Dr. Gerald Kutney, Lee Enterprises Consulting The 150th anniversary of Confederation on July 1st is a time to reflect upon the country’s achievements; this article covers the evolution of the Canadian biofuel industry – including gaseous, liquid and solid biofuels, and biomass power – from 1867 to 2017. The foundations of the biofuel industry in […]

Opportunities to Transition Ethanol Facilities to Biochemical Refineries

By Daniel Lane, Lee Enterprises Consulting The US commercial petroleum industry started with the drilling by retired railroad conductor Edwin Drake of a well near Titusville, PA in 1859. Drake’s well sparked an oil boom and over the next couple of years, and US petroleum production grew rapidly. By 1865, the first successful oil pipeline was […]