Ethanol Revenues Increase by Reducing Carbon Intensity

Can you improve ethanol revenues by 50-75 CPG? Corn ethanol can be a highly profitable business when a plant can reduce its Carbon Intensity. Which CI reduction alternatives can provide the best return on capital? Negative C.I. Ethanol is coming! Business opportunities to increase CI revenue include: Crop waste-based energy supply, CHP for power and…

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USDA Food Safety Certification for Specialty Crops Program (FSCSC)

OPPORTUNITY: The FSCSC program provides financial assistance for specialty crop operations that incur eligible on-farm food safety program expenses related to obtaining or renewing a food safety certification in calendar years in 2022 or 2023. This program helps offset costs to comply with regulatory requirements and market-driven food safety certification requirements which is part of…

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USDA Bioproduct Pilot Program

OPPORTUNITY: The Bioproduct Pilot Program is a competitive grant program that will support research activities related to studying the benefits of using materials derived from covered agricultural commodities to produce construction and consumer products. Anticipated activities include techno-economic and life-cycle analyses relative to incumbent products; environmental and waste management implications; and product development and scale-up…

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USDA FY 2022 NIFA’s Supplemental and Alternative Crops (SAC) Competitive Grants Program

OPPORTUNITY: SAC Competitive Grants Program supports projects that lead to expanded adaptation and increased acres of canola grown in the United States for oil and industrial hemp grown for value-added products. SAC supports breeding, testing, and developing superior performing canola and industrial hemp varieties and production practices that result in improved cost efficiencies reduced grower…

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Biochar for Wastewater Treatment

Biochar for wastewater treatment, both municipal and industrial, is a good alternative as such multistage process accommodates a constantly changing influent. One of the most critical steps in the process is the aeration basin in which microbes work in conjunction with an adsorptive media such as biochar.  Biochar’s porosity makes it ideally suited to this…

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Technical Readiness Assessment

As part of a technical due diligence effort, the team is often requested to perform a Technical Readiness Assessment.  This will assign a score to the technology, known as the Technical Readiness Level (TRL).  Originally developed by NASA in the 1970’s, it was adopted by the US DOD in the early 2000’s, followed by the…

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Industrial Fermentation: Selecting the Host Strain

When developing an industrial fermentation process, the choice of the production organism dictates much of the large-scale fermentation characteristics in addition to the nature of research and development and process development.  Well characterized strains with a large genetic manipulation tool set, such as Escherichia coli, can rapidly deliver R&D goals, yet E. coli tends to…

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Carbon Dioxide Remediation or Removal in Biogas

What is the difference between carbon dioxide remediation and removal in biogas? Both are processes that change the raw biogas to another useful form, but there is a distinction.  Carbon dioxide removal is a form of remediation, but it is a more sophisticated and costly step in the “cleanup” of biogas.  Normally, the reason to…

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