Circular Economy and Waste Conversion

The increasing amount of waste is one of the most demanding problems facing the world, which creates global environmental challenges. Worldwide, 2.12 billion tons of waste are generated annually, and it is expected to rise at the current trend. The most of the trash ends up in landfills emitting harmful pollutants into our air, water,…

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Catalyst Experts

What do catalyst experts or catalyst consultants do? First, let’s define “catalyst”.  A catalyst is a material that is added to a chemical or biological process to improve the yield of a desired product.  Since the catalyst is not consumed in the process, it can be used many, many times for the same process.  There…

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Bioenergy Control System

What does a Bioenergy Control System expert or consultant do? First, let’s define this.  A Bioenergy Control System is a process in a bioenergy plant that consists of devices to measure properties of the plant feedstocks or products and that then takes an action to control the property.  An example would be temperature control of…

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Biomass Feedstock Expert

What does a biomass feedstock expert or biomass feedstock consultant do?  A Biomass Feedstock Expert is an essential part of biomass project financing: the expert acts as a credible, recognized independent 3rd party to help biomass project developers and capital providers assess the feedstock risk of individual projects. A Biomass Feedstock expert can assist with things…

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Lignin Expert

What does a lignin expert or lignin consultant do? Lignin is a constituent of the cell walls of almost all dry land plant cells. It is the world’s second most abundant natural polymer, surpassed only by cellulose.  Unlike cellulose, lignins are not composed of sugars but are aromatic in nature.   A lignin expert is one familiar with…

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Process Integration in Industrial Biotechnology / Synthetic Biology

What does an expert in process integration in the field of industrial biotechnology or synthetic biology do?  First, let’s define terms.  These two terms are frequently interchanged, but are not exactly synonymous; synthetic biology should be considered one of the tools used to build a commercially useful process in the field of industrial biotechnology.  The…

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Isobutanol Expert

What does an isobutanol expert or energy consultant do? Isobutanol is a colorless, flammable liquid has a variety of technical and industrial applications.  It has historically been used mainly as a solvent in such things as paint solvent, varnish remover, or a chemical extractant in production of organic compounds.  Isobutanol is also being used as…

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Recycling Carbon Dioxide to Ethanol

Can we recycle carbon dioxide? New promising options exist to recycle carbon dioxide to ethanol.  In fact, the capture and recycle of carbon dioxide into usable fuels is becoming big business.  So, how does it work?  In a nutshell, it involves pushing the combustion reaction backwards.  The process involves development of catalysts made from carbon,…

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