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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Anaerobic Digesters: Methanogen

Methanogen refers to an anaerobic process in which the electron equivalents in organic matter (BODL) are used to reduce carbon to its most reduced oxidation state, -4 in CH4, or methane. Methane is a poorly soluble gas that evolves from water. Thus, the BODL is removed from the water by directing electron equivalents to CH4,…

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Recycling Carbon Dioxide to Ethanol

Can we recycle carbon dioxide? New promising options exist to recycle carbon dioxide to ethanol.  In fact, the capture and recycle of carbon dioxide into usable fuels is becoming big business.  So, how does it work?  In a nutshell, it involves pushing the combustion reaction backwards.  The process involves development of catalysts made from carbon,…

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Bioprocess Technology

Bioprocess technology normally refers to the machinery and equipment in a biological products manufacturing facility where microbes such as yeast, bacteria, or fungi are used to produce a product by fermentation and/or enzymes to transform or modify a chemical or material to produce a final product.  Bioprocess technology is also commonly integrated with conventional physical…

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Bioprocess Technology Expert

A bioprocess technology expert or consultant most commonly has a degree in one or more areas including biochemistry, microbiology, and chemical or bio engineering with at least some experience in commercial production and across all disciplines used in the process.  This expertise provides experience based on a combination of training and experience of using and…

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Gas Fermentation

Gas-liquid fermentation, or gas fermentation, as it is sometimes called, can be a very versatile unit operation. It can be used to make fuels (aka biofuels), beverages, drugs, industrial enzymes, foods, yeast, monomers, etc. Fermentation is usually carried out in a bioreactor, which may be agitated or simply a bubble column or airlift. In the…

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Turning Waste Into Energy

What is WTE?  Waste to Energy.  The expression “one man’s trash is another’s treasure’’ has real-world meaning when considering the burgeoning field of waste-to-energy (WTE) technologies that convert municipal solid waste (MSW) into heat and energy, through a series of complex processes. The Environmental Protection Agency says in 2015, more than 262 million tons of…

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Biocatalysis Expert

Biocatalysis is the use of enzymes as catalysts, and unfortunately, the word invokes a general sense that the principles of chemistry and thermodynamics are somehow different because a biological entity is being used. Enzymes are simply catalysts that are high molecular weight polyamides that do not usually contain a precious metal atom.  The use of an…

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