Methanol and Bio-economy Thoughts for Now and Future

By Lorenz Bauer, Ph.D., Lee Enterprises Consulting. The methanol and bioeconomies are two of the buzz words of the last decade.  They had their origin in the “peak oil” scare and the predicted sky rocketing oil prices.  They were further boosted by environmental concerns about pollution and climate change.    Both economies are continuing to grow;…

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Biogas Experts

What do biogas experts do? Biogas is a renewable energy source that is produced by anaerobic digestion, where anaerobic organisms break down the organic materials, or by the fermentation of biodegradable materials. Biogas can refer to any of a wide range of gases produced from biological sources including municipal wastewater sludge, animal manures, agricultural wastes,…

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Good Boiler Management Saves Money and Promotes Longevity

By: Dennis Zeedyk, Lee Enterprises Consulting Glycerin Traders LLC’s flagship operation, based in Defiance, OH, takes in waste raw glycerin from biodiesel companies and acidulates it to remove the fats, methanol and some water that is then further distilled to nearly 100% purity. This year the Defiance plant spent an average of about $15,000/month on natural…

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Methanol Experts

Methanol (CH₃OH) is a chemical and is the simplest alcohol. Also known as methyl alcohol or wood alcohol (since it was originally produced mainly by the distillation of wood), methanol today is mainly produced industrially by the hydrogenation of carbon monoxide.  It is a light, volatile, colorless, flammable liquid and has an odor quite like…

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