Renewable Diesel Projects

As of this 2022 writing, it appears to be a boom time for renewable diesel projects. The Energy Information Administration estimates that renewable diesel production capacity in North America will surge by up to 500% in a few short years.  The question facing the industry is whether there are enough feedstock fats, oils, and greases…

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Renewable Diesel Challenges

Renewable diesel (RD) is a hot renewable energy topic.  Produced by converting cooking oil, animal fat, and other waste products into renewable fuel, RD doesn’t rely on fossil fuels and it burns cleaner than either petroleum-based diesel or biodiesel. (The cetane rating of renewable diesel is 75 – 90 vs 48 – 52 for petroleum…

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Feedstock Evaluation & Risk Analysis

As feedstock is the single largest expense in any biofuels operation, feedstock evaluation and the risks associated with the different feedstocks must be carefully delineated.   As opposed to other types of agricultural based operations, biofuels sees new feedstocks being constantly introduced to the  renewable energy market.  The risks, costs and benefits of each feedstock must…

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Landfill Consultants

What do landfill consultants do? In 1986, there were 7,683 MSW landfills in the United States. By 2009, there were just 1,908 active MSW landfills nationwide: a 75 percent decline in disposal facilities in less than 25 years.[15] However, this number is deceptive. Much of the decrease is due to the consolidation of multiple landfills…

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Emerging Biofuels

Like any early-stage venture, having a solid pro forma at the beginning is essential for emerging biofuels projects. Some examples of developing and emerging biofuels might include advanced algae-based biodiesel or biofuels created using petroleum-like hydroprocessing or advanced biochemistry. They might also include biogas produced through anaerobic digestion of residues, and maybe even wood pellet…

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Ethanol Expert

Ethanol experts are specialists that understand how to produce ethanol by fermentation of corn, milo (grain sorghum), sugar, or cellulose to ethanol.  This type of expert requires knowledge of feedstocks (corn, milo, cellulose), enzymatic conversion of feedstocks to sugars, and fermentation of the sugars to ethanol.  This expert should also be aware of the principles…

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Biomass Gasification Expert

Biomass gasification is the process of turning some variety of biomass into higher-value products. This is most often done by converting a material containing carbon (like coal, biomass, waste, petroleum coke, etc.) —into syngas. This syngas is then burned to produce electricity, or it is further processed to manufacture chemicals, fertilizers, liquid fuels, substitute natural…

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Renewable Jet Fuel Production Consultant

  Sustainable aviation fuel, also known as renewable jet fuel, is a growing industry as the policy continues to develop for a reduction in greenhouse gases.   A time when air traffic will be regulated and restricted based on fuel composition is upon us.  Demand has led to the development of a variety of options for…

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