Forest Biomaterials

Forest biomaterials are a class of solid materials derived from trees and shrubs. Forest biomaterials are a source of renewable products that offer many benefits in terms of abundance, low density, strength, cost, easily shaped or used, and performance.  Obvious examples include building products, furniture and paper board, but the list also includes high-tech materials,…

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Renewable Diesel Projects

As of this 2022 writing, it appears to be a boom time for renewable diesel projects. The Energy Information Administration estimates that renewable diesel production capacity in North America will surge by up to 500% in a few short years.  The question facing the industry is whether there are enough feedstock fats, oils, and greases…

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Renewable Diesel Challenges

Renewable diesel (RD) is a hot renewable energy topic.  Produced by converting cooking oil, animal fat, and other waste products into renewable fuel, RD doesn’t rely on fossil fuels and it burns cleaner than either petroleum-based diesel or biodiesel. (The cetane rating of renewable diesel is 75 – 90 vs 48 – 52 for petroleum…

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Net-Zero By 2050?

Last year’s UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) revealed that reaching net-zero will require 4 trillion to 5 trillion dollars in annual investment for decades to come. It also revealed that over 450 companies from 45 countries have committed to the decarbonization of the world economy. By the end of the conference, 136 countries, 115 regions,…

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New Bio Plastics and Resins

New BIo Plastics and Resins? Sales of biopolymers and resins are predicted to grow to over $5 billion by 2021.   Biomass derived materials have been used neat and as components in composites and blends for the last decade. Products made with high contents of cellulose, starch, proteins, chitosan are common. New products made with biosynthetic…

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Sustainable Consumer Products

The world continues to migrate toward sustainable consumer products. The World Bank showed that more than 50% of global GDP is driven by household consumer expenditure for both essential and discretionary goods. (https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/NE.CON.PETC.ZS).  It follows therefore that consumer purchasing and disposal decisions have a significant impact on the global economy. Such decisions can impact the…

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Feedstock Evaluation & Risk Analysis

As feedstock is the single largest expense in any biofuels operation, feedstock evaluation and the risks associated with the different feedstocks must be carefully delineated.   As opposed to other types of agricultural based operations, biofuels sees new feedstocks being constantly introduced to the  renewable energy market.  The risks, costs and benefits of each feedstock must…

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Expert Witnesses in the Bioeconomy

Large renewable energy and biochemical consulting firms like Lee Enterprises Consulting have bioeconomy specialists of all sorts, willing to serve as bioeconomy 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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