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Renewable Chemicals

The chemical industry is slowly replacing fossil-derived chemicals by chemicals made from renewable resources such as wood, algae, and agricultural waste.  These renewable chemicals can be one-for-one, identical replacement materials, or in some cases they are new and improved versions of the chemicals they replace. Ethyl alcohol (ethanol, grain alcohol, drinking alcohol) has been produced […]

Advanced Bioeconomy Business and Financial Services

Lee Enterprises Consulting is the world’s largest bioeconomy consulting group with over 100 subject matter experts all across the world.  We handle hundreds of different services in our five divisions.  As an example, our Bioeconomy Business  & Financial Section handles such items as Accounting & Auditing, Asset Management & Disposal, Biomass Marketing, Biofuels Budgeting (Capital […]

Innovators Dilemma Revisited in Renewable Chemicals and Materials

By Daniel Lane and Joel Stone. Daniel had an interesting discussion recently with his 8-year old son, in which he inadvertently recalled the history of the telephone, backwards. It started with his son finding an old ‘flip’ style cell phone in a box of junk and asking just what one would expect (“What in the […]

High Added Value Renewable Polymers

By:  Dr. Bernard Cooker,  Lee Enterprises Consulting Summary Biomass-based green polymer and monomer projects, as reported in Chemical and Engineering News and Chemical Engineering Progress in Q1, Q2 2017 are surveyed. The focus here is on combinations of low raw material cost, commercial scale operation and high added product value, to maximize the profit opportunity. Introduction […]

Opportunities to Transition Ethanol Facilities to Biochemical Refineries

By Daniel Lane, Lee Enterprises Consulting The US commercial petroleum industry started with the drilling by retired railroad conductor Edwin Drake of a well near Titusville, PA in 1859. Drake’s well sparked an oil boom and over the next couple of years, and US petroleum production grew rapidly. By 1865, the first successful oil pipeline was […]

Sustainable Polyurethanes and the Bio Economy

Sustainability has become a key concern in polyurethane industry.   Reducing the environmental impact of polymers by replacing fossil derived carbon, using more environmental friendly processes and reducing and recycling the carbon used either directly or indirectly is a corporate goal of many producers. The use of biomass to produce value added chemicals for polymer synthesis […]

Opportunities to Transition Ethanol Facilities to Biochemical Refineries

By: Daniel A. Lane and Joel A. Stone, Lee Enterprises Consulting The US commercial petroleum industry started with the drilling by retired railroad conductor Edwin Drake of a well near Titusville, PA in 1859.  Drake’s well sparked an oil boom and over the next couple of years, and US petroleum production grew rapidly.  By 1865, […]

Lignocellulosic Biomass Deconstruction

By Dr. B. Cooker, Chemical Processing Solutions, Consultant with Lee Enterprises Consulting Summary Cheap, plentiful lignocellulosic biomass (LCB), consisting of cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin, is deconstructed to release useful chemical intermediates in the bioeconomy. These include glucose from cellulose, glucose and other sugars from hemicellulose, and oxygenated benzene derivatives (OBTX) from lignin. Reviewed here are […]

Catalysis in Renewable Chemicals: Noteworthy Developments 2015-2016

By Dr. Bernard Cooker, Lee Enterprises Consulting Introduction The use of catalysts, both living entities, such as microorganisms, and otherwise inert synthetic and biologically-derived materials, such as supported transition metals and enzymes, are frequently key to the development of technically efficient and low cost commercial processes to biochemicals and biopolymers. The articles in Chemical Engineering Progress […]

Decentralized Organics to Energy with Containerized Anaerobic Digestion

By John Forcier, P.E., Lee Enterprises Consulting Most trash and recycled waste materials are being processed on a regional basis to maximize the economy of scale. There have been various attempts to gather and process organic waste materials utilizing similar methods, but the challenges are far from resolved. As we transition to the bans on organic […]