What’s New and Important About C5 and C6 Sugars?

What’s up with C5 and C6 sugars? Given that a significant portion of the several billion dollars spent on renewable fuels spending involves these molecules, it is not surprising that progress is fast and furious. This note provides an overview and snapshot of the technological progress reported in the three months since Biofuels Digest’s 2016…

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Second Generation Biofuels

Second generation biofuels are those made from sustainable feedstocks as defined by the feedstock’s availability, and its impact on greenhouse gas emissions and land use.  Examples of second generation biofuels are those made from algae, renewable fuels made via the Fischer-Tropsch process, cellulosic ethanol, dimethylfuran, and bio hydrogen.  Different from the first generation biofuels which…

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Catalyst testing: Lab and Pilot Scale

Energy and chemical technologies heavily rely on solid materials used as catalysts and sorbents for numerous types of chemical reactions and separations. Although significant advances have been made in molecular simulations and modeling for rational design of these solid materials, most newly developed industrial processes still depend on applied methods of testing solid catalysts/sorbents for…

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Synthetic Diesel

Clean-burning, sulfur-free synthetic diesel fuels are gaining interest as an alternative to diesel refined from crude oil, which produces harmful emissions, and to further reduce dependence on fossil fuels.  In 2017, the U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates,[1] diesel fuel used in transportation resulted in the emission of 451 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, a…

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Hiring an Expert Witness in Bioeconomy Litigation

By Wayne Lee, CEO, Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc. In August 2017, I published an article which focused on important things that attorneys involved in biofuels or biochemical litigation should look for when choosing an expert witness.[1]  This article explores the subject of expert witnesses in a bit more depth, including where to find the best…

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Bio Litigation Support

Bio litigation support experts encompass a wide variety of specialties including renewable fuels, renewable chemicals, feedstocks, bio technologies, bioproducts, sustainability, synthetic biology, emerging technologies, waste management, aviation fuels, advanced biofuels, biochar, biogas, syngas, and renewable natural gas (RNG).  These bio litigation support experts should be well versed in feedstocks and in technologies like anaerobic digestion,…

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Biomass Conversion Agitation

Biomass Conversion Agitation.  This PowerPoint by Lee Enterprises Expert, Greg Benz, discussed wet conversion (rather than pyrolysis) of cellulosic materials that can be hydrolyzed into sugars and then converted into biofuels.  It talks about the conversion of corn stover, switchgrass, MSW and wood chips, using batch, fed batch, continuous flow and agitation systems. It also…

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Biofuels Agitation Expert

Renewable energy and biochemical consulting firms like Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc., have experts in agitation as well as other expertise in biofuels/renewable fuels, biomaterials, biomass and biomass power, feedstocks, biotechnologies and a variety of specialty services. This will encompass an expertise in technologies like agitation systems, anaerobic digestion, bio-oil extraction, bioreactors, carbon capture, carbon storage,…

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