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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Renewable Hydrogen

Renewable hydrogen is produced by a process known as electrolysis, where an electric current splits water into hydrogen and oxygen. If the electricity is produced by renewable sources like solar, wind, or biofuels, the resulting hydrogen will be considered renewable as well and has numerous emissions benefits. Hydrogen produced from this process can be used…

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Feed Ingredient Evaluation for Livestock Producers

Livestock feed evaluation? Livestock producers are constantly in search of ways to improve the economics of their operations.  One effective way of realizing improved economics is to incorporate new ingredients into the feeding operation.  In this venture, producers must be careful to make certain they are familiar with the new ingredient and fully aware of…

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Biofuels Co-Products: Animal Feed

A significant portion of biofuels co-products is in the area of animal feed – often livestock feeding.  Does this naturally raise the question as to whether there is a difference between animal-grade and human-grade food ingredients?  From a strict, regulatory standpoint, the rules promulgated by the FDA are similar but different.  Human food rules are…

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Alternative Energy or Renewable Energy

Are alternative and renewable energy the same thing?  By most definitions, alternative and renewable energy do contain a great deal of overlap, as they are both environmentally friendly and part of the bioeconomy.  However, there are differences with which we should be familiar.  Alternative energy is energy which is generated in ways that do not…

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Ethanol as a Fuel

Interest in ethanol as fuel continues to rise. Most of the gasoline now sold in the United States is blended with some amount of fuel ethanol. These blends are named by their ethanol content. For example, a blend of 10% fuel ethanol and 90% gasoline (by volume) is known as E10 gasoline. In 2019, about…

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Extruded Activated Carbon (EAC)

Extruded activated carbon (EAC) combines powdered activated carbon with a binder, fused together and extruded into a cylindrical shaped block.  As the demand for activated carbon continues to grow, so too, does the number of suppliers. It can be an overwhelming decision to choose a suitable product. EACs are applied similarly to GACs however due to…

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Economic Component of Techno Economic Analysis

The economic component of techno-economic analysis typically develops a performance summary for the commercially deployed technology, based on the performance data collected at that time, scaled to commercial operation. For an early-stage R&D technology, this analysis will be necessarily simplified and may focus on key performance metrics, for example, reaction yields and selectivity. For more…

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