Appraisals for the Bioeconomy

There are relatively few professionals with significant expertise in appraisals and valuations in bioeconomy businesses and assets.  This is likely because the majority of bioeconomy valuations call for opinions on the value of operational or closed biofuels plants, cutting-edge biotechnologies such as pyrolysis, torrefaction, waste to energy, or gasification, or simply the value of the…

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Risk Management Compliance in Renewables

Renewable Risk Management and Process Safety are integral parts of the renewable energy industry.  Process Safety Management (PSMS) refers to a set of interrelated approaches to managing hazards associated with the process industries and is intended to reduce the frequency and severity of incidents resulting from releases of chemicals and other energy sources (US OSHA…

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Fermentation Expert

A fermentation expert refers to one who assists with the aerobic or anaerobic growth of bacteria, fungi, algae, and yeasts, or fungi in glass or steel vessels outfitted with temperature and other environmental controls. Solid-state fermentation is often completed in trays of media; and is a fermentation process occurring in the near absence of free liquid,…

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Recycling Waste Plastics

Plastic recycling is the process of recovering waste plastics or scraps of plastic and reprocessing them into useful products. Most plastic is not biodegradable, meaning that left untreated, it will be here for millions of years.   As of 2018, about 380 million tons of plastic are produced worldwide each year. From the 1950s up to…

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Future of Plastic Recycling

What is the future of plastic recycling?  According to recent reports, the U.S. generates about 40 million tons of plastic waste yearly.  About 85% goes to landfills and about 10% is incinerated.  Only the remaining 5% is recycled.  A few years ago, recycling in the U.S. was almost double that amount.  Plastic recycling is declining…

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Municipal Energy Planning Experts

Municipal energy planning experts has seen a great increase in work over the past two decades as many municipalities have directed their energy policies toward a reduction in the use of oil and an increase in the use of renewable energy. While the municipalities seem to all promote an increase in renewables, the plans have…

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Circular v. Linear Economy

What is a “circular economy,” and how is it different from its opposite, a “linear economy”?  For quite some time, the world has been in a linear economy, where the raw materials we use to make products, and the products themselves were turned into waste and thrown away after use.  With the world’s population and…

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Polyethylene Pyrolysis

Polyethylene pyrolysis has become a big business. Used in making grocery bags, shampoo bottles, children’s toys, and much more, polyethylene is the most popular plastic in the world, and despite its versatile material, has a very simple structure. Converting polyethylene and other plastic pyrolysis refers to converting them to other products by means of some…

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