Category: Thought Leadership

Blazing pathways through the clean-tech and governmental wilderness

Blazing pathways through the clean-tech and governmental wilderness

July 31, 2019 |

By Douglas L. Faulkner, The Cleantech Conservative Special to The Digest The Swedish firm, Elmia AB, held a seminar on 07 June near Jӧnkӧping, Sweden, on Sweden’s role in the emerging global woody bioenergy industry.  Doug Faulkner, the Digest’s own “Cleantech Conservative” and President of his firm, Leatherstocking LLC, gave the keynote address and then […]

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An Answer to “Hard to Find” Equity – Opportunity Zone Funds

An Answer to “Hard to Find” Equity – Opportunity Zone Funds

July 30, 2019 |

By Mark Riedy, Partner and Head of Energy Team and Eddie Wang, Senior Associate, both from Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP Special to The Digest The recently-established Opportunity Zone Program offers developers, including start-up technology companies attempting to develop and commercialize new technologies in the energy, chemical, and infrastructure industries, an exciting, new opportunity to […]

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Good Boiler Management Saves Money and Promotes Longevity

Good Boiler Management Saves Money and Promotes Longevity

July 23, 2019 |

By Dennis Zeedyk, Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest Glycerin Traders LLC’s flagship operation, based in Defiance, OH, takes in waste raw glycerin from biodiesel companies and acidulates it to remove the fats, methanol and some water that is then further distilled to nearly 100% purity. This year the Defiance plant spent an average […]

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E10 in China and Potential Market Devastation in Store for MTBE: Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Back in the Fuel Pool

E10 in China and Potential Market Devastation in Store for MTBE: Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Back in the Fuel Pool

July 17, 2019 |

By Steven Slome, Ron Cascone, and Matthew Morton, Nexant Inc. Special to The Digest As of mid-2019, the Chinese government has only six months to make good on its 2017 pledge to roll out mandatory ten percent ethanol content in gasoline (E10) on a nationwide basis by 2020. While China’s unique economic and political structure […]

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NBB tells EPA, Stop Damaging the Biodiesel Industry

NBB tells EPA, Stop Damaging the Biodiesel Industry

July 10, 2019 |

By Donnell Rehagen, Chief Executive Officer at National Biodiesel Board Special to The Digest This year has been brutal for the biodiesel industry. As if the absence of the biodiesel tax credit wasn’t enough of a challenge, these unjust retroactive small refinery waivers are destroying the biodiesel market and devastating farmers and the workers we […]

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Importance of Sterile Design in Aseptic Fermentation – How to keep from getting burned

Importance of Sterile Design in Aseptic Fermentation – How to keep from getting burned

June 25, 2019 |

By Mark Warner, PE, Founder, Warner Advisors LLC Special to The Digest If you’ve spent any time in commercial fermentation facilities, then you already know it’s a hot bed of contaminants and has steam coming out all over the place. This is because heat (in the form of steam) is just one of the keys […]

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Bioprocessing in Iowa: Reflecting on our journey

Bioprocessing in Iowa: Reflecting on our journey

June 17, 2019 |

By Debi Durham, Director, Iowa Economic Development Authority Special to The Digest As we draw closer to the 2019 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, I can’t help but feel a bit nostalgic. Recently, I’ve been reflecting on all the hard work and dedication that led to Iowa becoming the first non-coastal or Canadian host of […]

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From feedstock to by-products:  Using blockchain to trace biofuels

From feedstock to by-products: Using blockchain to trace biofuels

June 4, 2019 |

By Peter Vincent, Chief Technology Officer, Grain Discovery Special to The Digest There has been a lot of buzz recently around blockchain, with most of the talk centering around Bitcoin and on cloak and dagger stories about collapsing cryptocurrency exchanges. But lost in this high-drama debate is the fact that blockchain’s most interesting use-case is […]

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Unfinished Tax Business for Congress is Causing American Companies to Shutter

Unfinished Tax Business for Congress is Causing American Companies to Shutter

May 27, 2019 |

By Hon. Kenny Hulshof, former Representative for Missouri’s 9th District, now vice chairman for Kit Bond Strategies in DC Special to The Digest  The 116th Congress is already in its fifth month, but there’s still some unfinished business lingering from the prior Congress—tax extenders. The new Democratic majority points the finger at Republicans and blames them […]

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Pushing Plants Harder Reduces Costs More Than We Thought

Pushing Plants Harder Reduces Costs More Than We Thought

May 22, 2019 |

By Dennis Zeedyk, Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest  Introduction If a business has increased production, shouldn’t production costs increase? Over the course of the last four years Glycerin Traders has been fortunate to have a growing business. There is a notable increase in production and sales, but utility costs seem to be staying […]

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