Category: Thought Leadership

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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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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