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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Biomass Power Consultant

What is biomass power and what does a biomass power consultant do?   Biomass power is carbon-neutral electricity generated from renewable organic waste that would otherwise be dumped in landfills, openly burned, or left on the ground in fields or forests. This organic waste can include scrap lumber, forest debris, urban wood waste, agricultural harvest waste,…

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Sewage and Sludge Treatment

Sewage treatment is the process of removing contaminants from municipal wastewater coming mainly from household sewage and industrial wastewater. There are several physical, chemical, and biological processes that are used to remove contaminants to produce treated wastewater, called treated effluent, in a form that is safe enough to release into the environment.  There are also…

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Fermenter Design

Fermenter design encompasses many variables. Some of these include desired oxygen transfer rate, required dissolved oxygen level, maximum allowable partial pressure of CO2 in the exit gas, heat transfer considerations, etc. A key part of the design is to relate mass transfer to agitation and airflow. This is not a trivial task. Developing a broth-specific…

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Landfill Treatment

When defining a “landfill treatment expert” in the bioeconomy, we are describing a trained specialist who evaluates various methods of increasing degradation of MSW within the landfill, thereby increasing landfill gas production for use as renewable energy and/or renewable chemicals/products.  Leachate from the landfill needs on-site pre-treatment and it should be within the expert’s capability…

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Plastic Waste Recycling

Plastic is one of the most widely used and cheapest materials in the world today and plastic waste recycling is no longer optional.  Virtually everything we use is either made from or wrapped in plastic.  Most plastic is not biodegradable, meaning that left untreated, it will be here for millions of years.   Plastic waste is…

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Industrial Biotechnology Experts

Industrial Biotechnology is the use of biotechnology for industrial processes, using microorganisms and enzymes to produce goods for industry, including chemicals, plastics, food, agricultural and pharmaceutical products and energy carriers.  It provides us a new way to manufacture products while preventing pollution, conserving resources and reducing costs.  prevention, resource conservation, and cost reduction. Industrial biotechnology is often…

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