Category: Thought Leadership

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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Biofuels vs EVs: The Union of Concerned Scientists responds

Biofuels vs EVs: The Union of Concerned Scientists responds

October 8, 2017 |

by Jeremy Martin, Senior Scientist and Fuels Lead, Clean Vehicles Program Union of Concerned Scientists Special to The Digest Cutting oil use and transportation emissions is a big job, that will require both electric vehicles and biofuels A few days ago, Biofuels Digest ran a piece claiming that biofuels beat electric vehicles on cost and […]

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Financing Bioeconomy Ventures, Pt. 10 – Regulatory and Community Concerns in Plant Site Selection

Financing Bioeconomy Ventures, Pt. 10 – Regulatory and Community Concerns in Plant Site Selection

October 7, 2017 |

By Daniel Lane and Mindy Collier, Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest When it comes to plant site selection, there is a lot of talk about raw materials sourcing, Alfred Weber’s location triangle, and lowest-cost shipping and logistics. However, while business matters are important when determining a location to build and operate a production […]

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Financing Bioeconomy Ventures, Pt. 9: Site Selection – Landscape Risk Analysis for Biomass Acquisition

Financing Bioeconomy Ventures, Pt. 9: Site Selection – Landscape Risk Analysis for Biomass Acquisition

October 5, 2017 |

By Thomas W. Robb, Daniel Lane and John Diecker, Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest In the cascade of the decision-making process for site selection of a biomass project, the first two things that must be determined are the availability of infrastructure to support the project AND the availability of feedstock to feed the […]

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Financing Bioeconomy Ventures, Pt. 8: Planning for Plant Startup and Operations

Financing Bioeconomy Ventures, Pt. 8: Planning for Plant Startup and Operations

October 4, 2017 |

By Charles Loos, Bernard Cooker, and Mindy Collier, Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest To get a new plant started, management must provide the operating staff with training and a full complement of written procedures covering safety, operations, emergencies and environmental compliance. Though the process of defining and creating the necessary training and procedures […]

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Financing Bioeconomy Ventures, Pt. 7 – Engineering Design Assessment: Front-End Engineering Design and Loading Evaluation

Financing Bioeconomy Ventures, Pt. 7 – Engineering Design Assessment: Front-End Engineering Design and Loading Evaluation

October 3, 2017 |

By Bernard Cooker, John Diecker, and Daniel Lane, Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest This article is the seventh in a series on the information needed by a Capital Investor, received from the Project Developer (PD), for the Capital Investor to make an informed biotechnology investment. Refs. 1 through 6 are to previous articles […]

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Financing Bioeconomy Ventures: Pt. 6 – Pilot Plant Site Assessment and Validation of Experimental Data

Financing Bioeconomy Ventures: Pt. 6 – Pilot Plant Site Assessment and Validation of Experimental Data

October 1, 2017 |

By Lorenz Bauer and Charles Loos, Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest Investing in new bio-economy technologies involves the inherent perils associated with building new plants and introducing new products into existing markets. However, one avoidable peril is basing decisions on poorly planned research and development programs. An outside evaluation of the experimental plan […]

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Financing Bioeconomy Ventures: Part 5, Competitive Technology & Market Assessment: IP & Patent Analysis

Financing Bioeconomy Ventures: Part 5, Competitive Technology & Market Assessment: IP & Patent Analysis

September 30, 2017 |

By Terry Mazanec, Bob Kodrzycki, and Lorenz Bauer, Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest (Note: This is Part 5 of an 11-part series. Part 1 is here. Part 2 is here. Part 3 is here. Part 4 is here.) What are: Ali vs Frazier, Red Sox vs Yankees, and Gevo vs Butamax? If you said […]

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Financing Bioeconomy Ventures: Pt. 4 – Competitive & Strategic Analysis of Renewable Fuel and Chemical Ventures

Financing Bioeconomy Ventures: Pt. 4 – Competitive & Strategic Analysis of Renewable Fuel and Chemical Ventures

September 28, 2017 |

By Lorenz Bauer, Gerald Kutney and Bob Kodrzycki, Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest (Note: This is Part 4 of an 11-part series. Part 1 is here. Part 2 is here. Part 3 is here.) Investors focused on renewable chemicals and fuels are looking for projects with the greatest commercial potential. However, within the plethora […]

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