Food and Energy Costs

Food and energy costs, together with healthcare, are arguably the three most important factors in how well we thrive on planet Earth.  While healthcare costs certainly continue to rise, it is food and energy costs that are most volatile.  Food and energy costs seem to fluctuate the most during periods of emergence and spread of…

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Bioeconomy Expertise: A Valuable Commodity in the Sustainable Investing

Sustainable investing is here. According to Morgan Stanley’s 2019 biennial survey of financial institutions, insurers, and pension funds in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific, 80% said that they actively integrated sustainable investing. The trend towards increased attention to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors has only strengthened over the past two years as the…

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Commercialization of Biofuels Technology

Commercialization of Biofuels Technology refers to the process that transforms a biofuels technology from concept into a profitable biofuels’ technology operating entity. Inventors and their investors must convert their concepts into commercial success to achieve a financial return with the least amount of risk exposure. The normal path for commercializing a biofuels technology idea includes…

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Surfactant Expert

What is a Surfactant?  The term “Surfactant” is a contraction of the term surface-active agent.  A Surfactant is a substance that, when present even at very low levels in a system, has the property of absorbing onto the surfaces or interfaces in the system and altering their interfacial free energies in dramatic ways.  Surfactants help…

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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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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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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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Ethanol Consultant

What do an ethanol consultant or an ethanol consultant do?   Ethanol also called bioethanol, alcohol, ethyl alcohol, and drinking alcohol is simple alcohol produced by the fermentation of sugars with yeast, or by a petrochemical process.  Ethanol is most commonly consumed as drinking alcohol, but it also has medical applications such as antiseptics or disinfectants.…

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