Category: Thought Leadership

Clean Energy: Steam Reformation Technology

Clean Energy: Steam Reformation Technology

June 22, 2016 |

By Zoltan Kish, Ph.D., Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest One possible solution for clean energy production is to produce energy products from waste and biomass feedstocks by effective Biomass/Waste-to-Energy technology applications. Typically, the waste is sent to landfills and the energy in waste is essentially lost, creating mountains of trash, and emitting harmful […]

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Modernizing the Electric Grid And its Integration with the Transportation Sector

Modernizing the Electric Grid And its Integration with the Transportation Sector

June 20, 2016 |

By Bill Brandon Special to The Digest Germany is a recognized leader in renewable electricity. Their Energiewende law set ambitious goals for renewables but may be stalling out because of infrastructure insufficiencies. Germany curtailed 1581 gigawatt-hours of green energy in 2014. PV penetration levels are unsustainable with curtailment increasing an average of 100% every year. […]

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Missing a Turn on the Road to a Billion Tons

Missing a Turn on the Road to a Billion Tons

June 18, 2016 |

By Corinne Young and Michele Jalbert, re:chem Special to The Digest A Billion Ton Bioeconomy. For those of us who have worked in this space for the last decade, the US government’s aspiration to grow the sector to such size and scope is music to our ears. At the Renewable Chemical & Advanced Materials Alliance […]

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Hot Prospects for Chemicals from Biomass

Hot Prospects for Chemicals from Biomass

June 16, 2016 |

By Terry Mazanec and Kapil Lokare, Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest 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 […]

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How Big Data is Disrupting Agriculture from Biological Discovery to Farming Practices

How Big Data is Disrupting Agriculture from Biological Discovery to Farming Practices

June 14, 2016 |

By Vonnie Estes Sometimes we only know there was a revolution by looking in the rear view mirror. That is not the case with the disruption in agriculture today. We can see the innovation and disruption that’s occurring in real time all around us. With the need to produce more food using fewer inputs, agriculture […]

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Renewable Jet Fuel:  Why Everything Is So Up In The Air, A View from the Cockpit

Renewable Jet Fuel:  Why Everything Is So Up In The Air, A View from the Cockpit

June 9, 2016 |

By Jonathan Lewis, Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest Having flown the “heavy iron” for more than thirty (30) years, I can state with full confidence that there are only three (3) very important questions pilots have about Jet Fuel: #1. Is it good quality fuel? #2. Do we have enough? #3. How much […]

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Catalysts and Enzymes in Biofuel Production

Catalysts and Enzymes in Biofuel Production

June 6, 2016 |

By Elizabeth E. Hood, PhD and Lorenz Bauer, PhD, Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc. Special to The Digest Introduction An important mitigation strategy for the impact of fossil fuels on the environment is to use biofuels from renewable sources for transportation. The problem is that the cost of biofuel production is high and this nascent industry cannot […]

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The Carbon XPRIZE: Exponential Approaches to Energy and Climate

The Carbon XPRIZE: Exponential Approaches to Energy and Climate

June 5, 2016 |

By Marcius Extavour and Paul Bunje Special to The Digest Climate change and energy transformation may be the 21st century’s greatest challenge. And Biotech, and biofuels in particular, are fields that are poised to bring forth breakthrough solutions. By touching elements of agriculture, photosynthesis, water use, and energy generation, storage, and distribution, biofuels are a […]

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Where did biofuels technologies come from?

Where did biofuels technologies come from?

June 1, 2016 |

By Gerald Kutney. VP, Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest In the modern world, fuels are often equated with fossil fuels: coal, oil and natural gas.  However, fossil fuels only came into their own during the 20th century. From the time of the caveman until the early Industrial Revolution, biofuels – namely wood and […]

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Competing With Sub $50 Oil: A Strategy for the Biofuels Industry

Competing With Sub $50 Oil: A Strategy for the Biofuels Industry

May 26, 2016 |

By Irshad Ahmed, Consultant with Lee Enterprises Consulting and Member of MITSBAA Entrepreneurs Group, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Special to The Digest If bioenergy represents a sustainable energy future for the planet, then why must it compete with oil prices to be deemed a feasible energy alternative for the society? The answer is simple: It […]

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