Cellulosic Ethanol Experts

Cellulosic ethanol is a biofuel produced from the fibrous cellulose and hemicellulose fractions of herbaceous (switchgrass, corn stover, miscanthus) or woody biomass, as opposed to a plant’s seeds or fruit, and the cellulosic ethanol expert deals with these feedstocks that are mostly inedible, eliminating the “food v. fuel” arguments that sometime surround standard biofuels. Almost…

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RIN Values

RIN values are often a key consideration in making renewable fuels.  RINs (Renewable Identification Numbers) are the 38-digit serial number assigned to renewable transportation fuels and heating oils that are made from an approved renewable feedstock. RINs are generated when a fuel is produced, and they are initially attached to the gallon of renewable fuel. From…

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Is this feedstock approved?

Is this feedstock approved for use in biodiesel, ethanol, heating oil, or other renewable fuels? This is a question constantly posed to feedstock experts.  To answer it, lets start with the basics. RINs (Renewable Identification Numbers) are the 38 digit serial number assigned to every gallon of renewable transportation fuel.  Ranging from biogas, to ethanol,…

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Cleaning Up Fixed Asset Lists Saves Money

Cleaning Up Fixed Asset Lists Saves Money? Many renewable companies struggle to keep their fixed assets lists up to date.  A fixed asset is a long-term tangible property that a company owns and uses in its operations to generate income.  The assets are referred to as property, plant, and equipment (PP&E).  When a company purchases…

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USDA Section 9003 Funding for 2020

USDA Section 9003 Funding for 2020? The USDA is still actively accepting applications and has Section 9003 loan guarantee funding available.   This is mandatory funding authorized in the Farm Bill this fiscal year- approximately $63 million of loan level along with carry-over funding. Only a few Phase I applications were received by the April 1,…

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Due Diligence in Renewable Projects

Due Diligence in Renewables?  Due diligence is a crucial step in every project from evaluating technology to securing funding to everything in between.  What does a renewable fuels or renewable chemicals due diligence expert do?    Due diligence (DD) is a comprehensive appraisal of a project or plant, undertaken by a prospective buyer, lender or investor. …

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Catalytic Valorization

Catalytic valorization – enhancing value via catalytic processing – helps in reducing environmental emissions, lowering manufacturing costs, and substituting renewables for fossil resources.The catalyst industry is a $25 billion industry growing at about 4.5% per annum. Increasingly stringent environmental regulations and growing demand for renewable materials have been key factors driving the market.  The low…

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Emerging Renewable Technologies

Renewable technologies are now emerging around the world as viable sources of energy, fuels, and chemicals.  Improving cost-competiveness, dedicated policy initiatives, better access to financing, energy security, and environmental concerns are driving the rapid growth of renewable technologies.  As a result, more investors are entertaining options for engagements with renewable chemicals and fuels manufacturing projects. …

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