Hot Prospects for Chemicals from Biomass

Chemicals from Biomass?  A major theme of 21st Century industrial development will be replacement of fossil resources by renewable resources in the production of fuels and chemicals.  Due to their massive scale and cost, the rate of displacing fossil facilities will necessarily be evolutionary rather than precipitous.  The most likely scenario is that the biorefinery…

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What’s New and Important About C5 and C6 Sugars?

What’s up with C5 and C6 sugars? Given that a significant portion of the several billion dollars spent on renewable fuels spending involves these molecules, it is not surprising that progress is fast and furious. The goal of the biomass fuels and chemicals industry is to produce billions of gallons of fuel while avoiding impacting…

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Energy Crop Expert

What is an energy crop expert? An energy crop expert is someone that understands the many complexities of those plants that are grown solely for producing energy as opposed to those grown for food or fiber. These crops come in many forms and varieties; energy cane, miscanthus, biomass sorghum and switchgrass are some of the…

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Best Renewable Energy

What is the best renewable energy?  To even attempt such an assessment requires answering two questions initially.  First, what is encompassed by the term “renewable energy”?   Second, how does one evaluate which is “best”?  By definition, “renewable energy” refers to a specific type of energy that is collected from some renewable resources, such as sunlight,…

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Wastewater Treatment

Wastewater treatment is a process used to remove contaminants from wastewater and convert it into an effluent that can be returned to the water cycle. Once returned to the water cycle, the effluent creates an acceptable impact on the environment or is reused for various purposes (called water reclamation). Wastewater refers to any non-potable aqueous effluent…

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Renewable Natural Gas

Renewable Natural Gas is produced from organic materials at farms, landfills, wastewater treatment plants, and food waste systems.  As an alternative to fossil fuel natural gas, RNG systems with good RNG technology can reduce greenhouse gas emissions. RNG is a manufactured product developed from the raw, methane-containing biogas produced by anaerobic digestion, in turn, a…

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Odor Control Experts

Fugitive odors arising from municipal wastewater plants and industrial operations plants have become problematic as commercial and residential development encroaches on the odor-generating sources.  As a result, municipalities are increasingly placing regulations and restrictions on these operations and a new demand for odor control technologies has developed.  The odors, comprised primarily of hydrogen sulfide and…

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Due Diligence in Biomass Project Acquisition

What does a due diligence expert do in biomass-related projects?  Capital projects such as biomass plants are often sold at various stages of development, including pre-construction, mid-construction, and fully operational.   Investors seeking to purchase such assets must perform their own diligence regarding the financial, legal, regulatory, technical, and environmental aspects of a project.    A seasoned…

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