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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Expert Witness – Ethanol

Large renewable energy and biochemical consulting firms like Lee Enterprises Consulting have ethanol and cellulosic ethanol specialists willing to serve as ethanol expert witnesses in related claims, litigation, arbitration and mediations, or to help attorneys evaluate their biodiesel case.  Although expert witness work is only a small part of what they do, most of these…

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Expert WItness – Biomaterials

Large renewable energy and biochemical consulting firms like Lee Enterprises Consulting have biomaterials specialists of all types willing to serve as biomaterials expert witnesses in related claims, litigation, arbitration, and mediations, or to help attorneys evaluate their biomaterials case.  Although expert witness work is only a small part of what they do, most of these…

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Renewable Fuels & Chemicals Process Optimization

Process optimization is the discipline of adjusting a process to optimize or make the best, or most effective, use of some specified set of parameters without violating some constraint. The most common goals are minimizing cost and maximizing throughput and/or efficiency. In process optimization of a biofuels technology of plant, the goal is to maximize…

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Expert Witness – Biomass

Large renewable energy and biochemical consulting firms like Lee Enterprises Consulting have biomass specialists willing to serve as biomass expert witnesses in related claims, litigation, arbitration, and mediations, or to help attorneys evaluate their biomass or other renewable fuels/chemicals cases.  Although expert witness work is only a small part of what they do, most of…

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Industrial Fermentation Expert

What does an Industrial Fermentation Expert or Consultant do? The word “fermentation” can apply to any process that uses a living cell in a medium that allows it to grow, and to perform whatever process may be commercially useful.  Thus, the word “fermentation” covers a continuum of processes, from the large scale production commodity chemicals,…

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Appraising Renewable Energy Plants

What are the primary reasons that owners or investors might engage in appraising renewable energy plants?  To answer that question, we need to first determine the difference between appraisals and valuations.  While these terms often appear synonymous, they are not. An appraisal is technically an estimate or an opinion of a property’s current market worth, considering what…

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