Category: Thought Leadership

Equipment Requirements to Study Agitation for Gas-Liquid Fermentation

Equipment Requirements to Study Agitation for Gas-Liquid Fermentation

April 17, 2018 |

By Gregory T. Benz, Lee Enterprise Consulting Special to The Digest Small pilot fermenters are used with several different objectives: studying the organism, developing feeding strategies, evaluating potential yields, etc. A major purpose can be to study the mass transfer characteristics of the system, and how they relate to agitation. In the production scale, the […]

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Equipment needs to study mixing of fibrous materials

Equipment needs to study mixing of fibrous materials

April 16, 2018 |

By Gregory T. Benz, Lee Enterprise Consulting Special to The Digest There are many sources of organic fibers that can be used as feedstock for biofuels and renewable chemicals. The author has tested many lignocellulosic materials for fluid flow and mixing characteristics. Examples include corn stover, ground wood, switchgrass, various types of cane, beet pulp, […]

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Contract Fermentation Landscape: Facility Selection in an Environment of Limited Options

Contract Fermentation Landscape: Facility Selection in an Environment of Limited Options

April 11, 2018 |

By Mark Warner, PE, Founder, Warner Advisors LLC Special to The Digest Funding for early stage advanced biotechnology is ramping up and companies commercializing fermentation-based technologies are faced with the decision to either build their own demonstration-scale facility or utilize existing contract manufacturing organizations (CMOs). There are clear benefits of using CMOs, however conducting a successful […]

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The Circular Economy: It’s time has come

The Circular Economy: It’s time has come

March 26, 2018 |

By Kapil S Lokare, PhD Special to The Digest It is not difficult to find collective evidence that global human activities have begun to overrun the resources of the planet. It is clear that ‘business as usual’ is not an option that industry can maintain for long. With France’s Total investing over $1 billion in […]

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Europe’s ethanol CEOs besieged by RED II and illusory truths

Europe’s ethanol CEOs besieged by RED II and illusory truths

March 23, 2018 |

By James Cogan, an Industrial Engineer at Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd Special to The Digest The CEOs of Europe’s big ethanol firms (Tereos, Cristal Union, Alco Group, Crop Energies) are under seige. They are battling imported and sometimes fake used cooking oil, not-yet-viable advanced fuels, palm oil diesel, imports from countries which didn’t even sign […]

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Harmonizing a Three-Headed Regulatory Monster

Harmonizing a Three-Headed Regulatory Monster

March 13, 2018 |

By Graham Noyes, Low Carbon Fuels Coalition, and Doug Durante, Clean Fuels Development Coalition Special to The Digest Widely considered to be Godzilla‘s arch-nemesis, King Ghidorah (キングギドラ) is a three-headed dragon kaiju that first faced Godzilla in the 1964 Godzilla film,  Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster. While not as entertaining to watch as a Godzilla film with a three-headed flying monster, the current regulatory struggle over national auto […]

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The Biobased Economy Is Reaching a Tipping Point

The Biobased Economy Is Reaching a Tipping Point

February 26, 2018 |

By Brent Erickson, executive vice-president; Head, Industrial & Environmental Section, Biotechnology Innovation Organization Special to The Digest This week, I’ll be addressing the Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference. I’d like to thank Jim Lane for giving me that opportunity again this year. I appreciate it, because BIO is the only trade association that advocates for the […]

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Biotechnology Scale-up Hacks

Biotechnology Scale-up Hacks

February 15, 2018 |

By Mark Warner, PE, Founder, Warner Advisors LLC Special to The Digest Not enough time or money to scale-up following the traditional rules of advanced biotechnology (10:1 scale-up factor, 1,000 hours of integrated pilot/demo operation, etc)? Welcome to the reality of the biotechnology start-up world. The common question in that situation is: if I do not […]

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That was then, This is NOW! or The New Economics of Biogas Projects

That was then, This is NOW! or The New Economics of Biogas Projects

February 7, 2018 |

By Scott Warfield, CERES Project Services, Member, Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest This is the seventh in a series of articles prepared by the experts at Lee Enterprises Consulting (LEC) who will be speaking at the ABLC 2018 conference in Washington DC, February 28 to March 2. With respect to Susan E. Hinton […]

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Innovators Dilemma Revisited in Renewable Chemicals and Materials

Innovators Dilemma Revisited in Renewable Chemicals and Materials

February 2, 2018 |

By Daniel Lane and Joel Stone, Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc. Special to The Digest This is the fourth in a series of articles prepared by the experts at Lee Enterprises Consulting (LEC) who will be speaking at the ABLC 2018 conference in Washington DC, February 28 to March 2. Previous installments in the State of […]

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