Railroad Tie Pyrolysis

Railroad tie pyrolysis presents some interesting opportunities.  In the U.S. alone, over 20 million new wood railroad ties are installed every year. While wood is currently the best option for railroad ties (and utility poles) the ability to re-use or dispose of treated wood coming is clearly a critical consideration.  The regulatory, environmental, and financial…

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Biotechnology – What is It?

In the emerging bioeconomy, the term “biotechnology” most often refers to the use of a biological process for an industrial purpose like the production of biofuels and biochemicals.  There are many types of biotechnologies, including medical (such as vaccines and antibiotics), and agricultural (such as pest-resistant crops and plant and animal breeding).  One of the…

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Renewable Technology Assessment

Renewable technologies are emerging worldwide as mainstream sources of energy, fuels, and chemicals.  Rapid growth has been driven by the improving cost-competitiveness of renewable technologies, dedicated policy initiatives, better access to financing, energy security, and environmental concerns.  As a result, more investors are entertaining options for engagements with renewable chemicals and renewable fuel manufacturing projects. …

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Analyzing Renewable Technologies

As new renewable technologies emerge and seek funding and industry acceptance, it is imperative that investors, lenders, and all project participants engage experienced professionals to help analyze the technical and economic aspects of these new technologies and projects.  Put very simply, technology analysis is the process of determining the new technology’s strengths, weaknesses, the opportunities…

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Solid State Fermentation

Solid state fermentation (SSF) is a biomolecule manufacturing process that is used in the food, pharmaceutical, textile, cosmetic, and fuel industries. These molecules are mostly generated by microorganisms grown on a solid support selected for this purpose. This technology, in culturing microorganisms, is an alternative to liquid or submerged fermentation, a method of manufacturing the biomolecules in which the enzymes…

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