Category: Thought Leadership

Early-stage, Breakthrough Technologies: Biofuels, 10 of the Best

Early-stage, Breakthrough Technologies: Biofuels, 10 of the Best

August 25, 2016 |

By Lorenz Bauer and Gerald Kutney, Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest The concept of early stage, breakthrough technologies is a bit of an oxymoron: at an early stage how do you determine if it is a breakthrough technology? The only way is for experts to give their opinion, and, usually, they are wrong, […]

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Creating Value from Landfill Gas

Creating Value from Landfill Gas

August 21, 2016 |

By Dr. Terry Mazanec, Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest Landfills contain a toxic stew of biomass materials from old tires to food wastes to animal manure. It is literally the bottom of the rubbish barrel. The US EPA estimates that 250 million tons of municipal solid wastes are sent to landfills each year. […]

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Organic Acids: Key Facilitators of the Bio-economy

Organic Acids: Key Facilitators of the Bio-economy

August 10, 2016 |

By Lorenz Bauer, PhD, Lee-Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest Recent declines in oil prices and the failure of start-up biofuel processes to meet production cost targets have increased the interest in producing value added chemicals from biomass as coproducts. The vision is that these products can leverage the production of fuel by providing revenue to […]

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August Is the Time to Reach Out and Meet Your Member of Congress

August Is the Time to Reach Out and Meet Your Member of Congress

August 7, 2016 |

By Brent Erickson Executive Vice President, Biotechnology Innovation Organization; head, Industrial & Environmental Section Special to The Digest Members of Congress just returned to their home states and districts for the August recess to meet with constituents and campaign for the upcoming elections. You can be sure the oil producers will be seeking meetings with […]

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Cellulosic ethanol, what happened, what’s happening?

Cellulosic ethanol, what happened, what’s happening?

August 1, 2016 |

By Irshad Ahmed, Consultant with Lee Enterprises Consulting and Member of MITSBAA Entrepreneurs Group, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Special to The Digest The story of cellulosic ethanol in the United States has had more plot twists than The Crying Game, the acclaimed Hollywood brain twister—except that this story promises to end with a predictable happy […]

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Does the U.S. EPA Not Want Biofuels?

Does the U.S. EPA Not Want Biofuels?

July 28, 2016 |

By Nathan Vander Griend, President, ERI Solutions, Inc., a Strategic Partner of Lee Enterprises Consulting Group Special to The Digest The United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) mission is to protect human health and the environment. They are charged with delivering on that mission by using the best scientific information available. We can all agree […]

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Why and When You Need a Project Consultant

Why and When You Need a Project Consultant

July 18, 2016 |

By Wayne Lee, CEO, Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest As the CEO of the world’s largest bioenergy consulting group, I am fortunate to have a unique opportunity to view alternative fuels projects from many different perspectives. Within our group, now numbering over 75 experts, I find that each member has his or her […]

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5 Signs Your Current Good Manufacturing Processes are Ready for the Food Safety Modernization Act

5 Signs Your Current Good Manufacturing Processes are Ready for the Food Safety Modernization Act

July 17, 2016 |

By Phil Cleary, Christianson & Associates, PLLP Special to The Digest The Food Safety Modernization Act covers the operation of a facility that manufactures, processes, packs, or holds animal food for sale in the United States. Renewable fuels facilities producing feed co-products are no exception. In fact, if you are a biofuels producer that sells […]

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

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

July 10, 2016 |

By Lorenz Bauer, PhD, Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc. Special to The Digest 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. This note provides an overview and snapshot of […]

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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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