The 30-30 Rule: Lessons from the Field in Wood Power

By Charles Loos, P.E., Lee Enterprises Consulting From an operations standpoint, a wood-fired power plant can be described as a fuel handling system first, and a power plant second. The biggest challenges stem from the fuel itself – procurement, supply, handling, and combustion. By contrast, the steam turbine and power cycle seem relatively trouble-free. Fuel-related problems…

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Pilot Plant Experts

What do pilot plant experts do? Pilot plant experts work closely with research scientists to scale chemical and biological processes. They are familiar with the four scales associated with process development – lab, pilot, demonstration, production – and the benefits and challenges associated with each. They need a strong grasp of chemical, mechanical, electrical, instrumentation…

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CleanTech Experts

CleanTech experts, also known as “clean technology” or “Greentech” experts, include specialists in the processes that reduce adverse environmental impacts, minimize greenhouse gas generation and/or avoid air, water, and land contamination. “Clean technology” relates a broad range of technologies, such as renewable or clean energy production, recycling, transportation, materials processing, “green” chemical production, efficient lighting,…

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Recycling Waste Plastics

Plastic recycling is the process of recovering waste plastics or scraps of plastic and reprocessing them into useful products. Most plastic is not biodegradable, meaning that left untreated, it will be here for millions of years.   As of 2018, about 380 million tons of plastic are produced worldwide each year. From the 1950s up to…

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Future of Plastic Recycling

What is the future of plastic recycling?  According to recent reports, the U.S. generates about 40 million tons of plastic waste yearly.  About 85% goes to landfills and about 10% is incinerated.  Only the remaining 5% is recycled.  A few years ago, recycling in the U.S. was almost double that amount.  Plastic recycling is declining…

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What Makes Lee Enterprises Consulting Different?

As the bioeconomy expands and renewables of all kinds continue to garner greater attention, many investors, project developers, lenders, and other project participants often want to know if there is any well-established firm that can provide seasoned expertise for virtually any type of bioeconomy-related project.  Meet Lee Enterprises Consulting – voted Biofuels Digest’s top consulting…

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Railroad Tie Pyrolysis

Railroad tie pyrolysis presents some interesting opportunities.  In the U.S. alone, over 20 million new wood railroad ties are installed every year. While wood is currently the best option for railroad ties (and utility poles) the ability to re-use or dispose of treated wood coming is clearly a critical consideration.  The regulatory, environmental, and financial…

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Renewable Technology Assessment

Renewable technologies are emerging worldwide as mainstream sources of energy, fuels, and chemicals.  Rapid growth has been driven by the improving cost-competitiveness of renewable technologies, dedicated policy initiatives, better access to financing, energy security, and environmental concerns.  As a result, more investors are entertaining options for engagements with renewable chemicals and renewable fuel manufacturing projects. …

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