Category: Thought Leadership

Decentralized organics to energy with containerized anaerobic digestion

Decentralized organics to energy with containerized anaerobic digestion

January 2, 2017 |

By John D. Forcier, P.E., Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc. Special to The Digest Most trash and recycled waste materials are being processed on a regional basis to maximize the economy of scale. There have been various attempts to gather and process organic waste materials utilizing similar methods, but the challenges are far from resolved. As […]

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Advent Bioenergy’s wondrous plant in the far, far north: X-Mass, roasting chestnuts, project Rudolph and more

Advent Bioenergy’s wondrous plant in the far, far north: X-Mass, roasting chestnuts, project Rudolph and more

December 22, 2016 |

By Gerald Kutney Special to The Digest Breaking News: a Canadian venture has just moved up into the #1 spot of the “Top 50 Hottest Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy,” according to the annual survey by Biofuels Digest – Advent Bioenergy (season2bjolly.ca), founded by the reclusive entrepreneur, S. Claus. Lee Enterprises Consulting is proud to […]

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Can We Avoid Another Cataclysmic Meltdown Of The Global Financial System?

Can We Avoid Another Cataclysmic Meltdown Of The Global Financial System?

December 14, 2016 |

Take-aways from Rana Foroohar’s Article Titled  “Saving Capitalism” (Time Magazine, May 23, 2016) and her book titled ”Makers and Takers, The Rise of Finance and the Fall of American Business”. By Tim Sklar,  A Concerned Project Development and Project Finance Professional Special to The Digest Background Over the last thirty years my firm Sklar and […]

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Battelle Unlocks Door, Algae Could Rush In

Battelle Unlocks Door, Algae Could Rush In

December 13, 2016 |

By Stafford “Doc” Williamson Special to The Digest Reported in the Feednavigator.com (Dec. 8, 2016) is news that soymeal has taken a step toward replacing fishmeal as aquaculture feed. The Battelle company, at the behest of the Ohio Soybean Council, has developed a non-fermentation method that instead adds an enzyme to remove oligosaccharides (an “anti-nutritional factor”) from soybean meal […]

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A Critical Look at Cellulosic Ethanol and Other Advanced Biofuels

A Critical Look at Cellulosic Ethanol and Other Advanced Biofuels

December 12, 2016 |

By Alexander A. Koukoulas, Ph.D., ANL Consultants LLC Special to The Digest Over the last 10 years, the United States has made enormous investments in the pursuit of “Second Generation” or 2nd Gen biofuels. During this time, ethanol derived from corn and sugar cane or 1st Gen fuels saw considerable commercial success becoming well-established in terms […]

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Biomass-Fed Chemical Process Projects, 2016

Biomass-Fed Chemical Process Projects, 2016

December 7, 2016 |

By Dr. Bernard Cooker, Chemical Processing Solutions Special to The Digest This is a review of the biomass-fed chemical process projects to renewable chemicals which were published in Chemical Engineering Progress (CEP) and Chemical and Engineering News (C&EN) from 1/1/16 to 10/31/16, including activity in bioplastics, biopolymers and biochemicals. It is based on a spreadsheet […]

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Prospering In the New Trump Era 

Prospering In the New Trump Era 

December 5, 2016 |

By Douglas L. Faulkner, “The Cleantech Conservative” The November elections ushered in a different type of divided government than conventional wisdom expected.  Yes, the GOP is in control of the White House, the House of Representatives and the Senate.  But, who’s in control of the Republicans and will they – – can they – – […]

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Depolymerizing lignin and making it pay – now, soon, never?

Depolymerizing lignin and making it pay – now, soon, never?

December 4, 2016 |

By Dr Kapil S Lokare, Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest  Lignin an ugly, unwieldy molecule! The term coined by most early pioneers within the renewables industry to describe Lignin. As large, and complex the molecule seems to be, that’s not its only possible form, either, and depends on where your sample of biomass […]

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Glycerin as Anti-Freeze Agent for Coal

Glycerin as Anti-Freeze Agent for Coal

December 1, 2016 |

By Dennis Zeedyk, Glycerin Traders, Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest Anyone who has produced biodiesel knows that glycerin can set up like wax if the process is over-catalyzed and/or animal fats are used as feedstocks. More than one of us has shoveled our share of “hard” glycerin.   As a result, many biodiesel producers […]

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A Strategic Approach to Scale-Up

A Strategic Approach to Scale-Up

November 29, 2016 |

By Mark Warner, PE, Founder, Warner Advisors LLC Special to The Digest The most common question I receive from companies working to scale-up advanced biotechnology is whether their process can operate at commercial scale. My common response is that it is not a question of whether it will work at commercial scale, but whether will work […]

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