Category: Thought Leadership

Is This the Crop That Saves Florida Agriculture? 

Is This the Crop That Saves Florida Agriculture? 

November 15, 2017 |

By Tom Schenk, Director, Business Development, Terviva Special to The Digest If you’ve driven through central and southern Florida over the last several years, you may have wondered why much of the land that used to grow oranges and grapefruit in central and southern Florida now sits fallow and choked with weeds? Most people are aware of […]

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A Green Take on Carbon Dioxide

A Green Take on Carbon Dioxide

November 14, 2017 |

By Sam A. Rushing, Advanced Cryogenics, Ltd. Special to The Digest It is an oxymoron to put carbon dioxide and ‘green’ (as related to the positive environmental uses) together; however, this is a growing market, and a good thought for the biofuels industry, and other major CO2 emitters. This thought represents giving hope to CO2 […]

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A Carbon Tax by Any Other Name Would Smell “Tax”

A Carbon Tax by Any Other Name Would Smell “Tax”

November 10, 2017 |

By Richard Gilmore, President/CEO, GIC Group Special to The Digest A carbon tax is a tax on everything except carbon. Arguments in its favor seem to accept that climate change is a real threat to economic growth and that the best remedy to staunch future bleeding is to tax carbon emissions at the wellhead or the coal […]

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Keeping yeast fit and healthy: combating organic acids in fermentation

Keeping yeast fit and healthy: combating organic acids in fermentation

October 23, 2017 |

By Amanda Moser, Senior Scientist, Novozymes Special to The Digest It’s harvest time, and that means organic acids—a common stressor for yeast—are a top-of-mind concern for ethanol producers. But while some yeasts are more resilient than others, most still require constant attention; after all, each stressor can potentially reduce performance, and those reductions can quickly […]

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Growing the African Biofuel Sector: What’s Not to Like?

Growing the African Biofuel Sector: What’s Not to Like?

October 22, 2017 |

By Gerard Ostheimer and Doug Faulkner Special to The Digest Lost in all the wrangling in Europe and the U.S. over the benefits of biofuels and whether or not they can mitigate climate change is the recognition that in Sub-Saharan Africa a thriving indigenous bioenergy industry can play a positive and productive role in modernizing […]

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The Brazilians Are Coming!! The Brazilians Are Coming!!

The Brazilians Are Coming!! The Brazilians Are Coming!!

October 19, 2017 |

By Dave VanderGriend, CEO, ICM Special to The Digest The legend of Paul Revere was that in 1775 he rode through the towns of Massachusetts and warned of the impending attack by the British. He used lanterns that would reveal how they were advancing- one of by land, two if by sea. If Paul was […]

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Back to Basics: Effect of D/T Ratio on Agitator Power for Flow Controlled Applications

Back to Basics: Effect of D/T Ratio on Agitator Power for Flow Controlled Applications

October 19, 2017 |

By Gregory T. Benz, Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest Many agitator applications, such as blending of miscible liquids or suspending slowly settling solids such as starch and grain slurries used in ethanol production, may be classified as flow-controlled applications. That is to say, the process result depends on creating a certain characteristic velocity, […]

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Think transportation GHG emissions targets can be reached without biofuels mandates? Think again.

Think transportation GHG emissions targets can be reached without biofuels mandates? Think again.

October 17, 2017 |

By Gordon Quaiattini, Special to The Digest Governments serious about climate change should be wary about eliminating the mandate for renewable fuels, and those promising a low carbon fuel market without it. Earlier this month Canada’s Environment Commissioner urged MPs to push the government from ‘seemingly endless planning mode into action mode’ on climate change. […]

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Biofuel Production with the Sun, the Sea and Thermochemical Reactions

Biofuel Production with the Sun, the Sea and Thermochemical Reactions

October 10, 2017 |

By Dr. Marcius Extavour, Senior Director, Energy & Resources, XPRIZE Special to The Digest Biofuels have a renewed and important focus in a time of growing recognition of the need for carbon neutral, carbon negative, and circular carbon solutions. Hydrocarbon drop-in fuels are among the leading products targeted by the CO2 conversion community, be it […]

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Financing Bioeconomy Ventures Pt. 11: Series Summary

Financing Bioeconomy Ventures Pt. 11: Series Summary

October 9, 2017 |

By Martin Wahl and Gerald Kutney, Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest The preceding articles in this series cover the major steps that investors and entrepreneurs should take to advance bioeconomy project product and process development. In retrospect, the most striking aspect of the articles is the diversity of talent, experience and approaches exhibited by […]

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