Category: Thought Leadership

Getting the Most out of Technoeconomic Analyses

Getting the Most out of Technoeconomic Analyses

October 8, 2018 |

By Daniel A. Lane, Ph.D., Member, Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc. Special to The Digest At its most basic level, technoeconomic analysis or assessment (TEA) is a cost-benefit comparison tool used to evaluate the commercial viability of a process.  While many companies are quite familiar with this tool, a number of startups often forgo TEAs of […]

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Expanded Technology Readiness Level (TRL) Definitions for the Bioeconomy

Expanded Technology Readiness Level (TRL) Definitions for the Bioeconomy

October 1, 2018 |

By Dave Humbird, Ph.D., Member, Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc. Special to The Digest For new technologies in the bioeconomy (and in the chemical process industry more broadly), the putative path to commercialization is some form of: lab, pilot, demonstration, commercial. The Technology Readiness Level (TRL) scale is often proposed to track this progression, effectively ranking […]

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Bioeconomy Project Financing & Due Diligence

Bioeconomy Project Financing & Due Diligence

September 25, 2018 |

By Wayne Lee, CEO, Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc. and Martin Wahl, Director of Marketing, Lee Enterprise Consulting, Inc. Special to The Digest Last fall, the experts at Lee Enterprises Consulting published a series of articles entitled Financing Bioeconomy Ventures[1]. At a high level, this previous series covered pro formas, business plans, strategic analysis, market assessment, engineering design, […]

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Driving Decarbonization: How California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard Is Helping the Environment While Saving Lives and Growing the Biobased Economy

Driving Decarbonization: How California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard Is Helping the Environment While Saving Lives and Growing the Biobased Economy

September 12, 2018 |

By Bryan Sherbacow, Chief Commercial Officer, World Energy Special to The Digest As 2018 has made all too clear, climate change is real and it’s impacting all of our lives. July 2018 was the hottest month ever recorded in California. We have dealt with the state’s largest wildfire this summer, just one year after the […]

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Recycling Plastics & Circular Economy

Recycling Plastics & Circular Economy

August 27, 2018 |

By Dr. Kapil Shyam Lokare Special to The Digest  Recently, Neste, the world’s leading producer of renewable diesel, UK-based chemical recycling company ReNew ELP, and Australian technology developer Licella (Cat-HTR™ process) joined forces in a development project to explore the potential of using mixed waste plastic as a raw material for fuels, chemicals, and new plastics. […]

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2019 Proposed RFS Volumes: The Deep-Dive Analysis

2019 Proposed RFS Volumes: The Deep-Dive Analysis

August 23, 2018 |

by Antoine Schellinger Special to The Digest In what has now become the final RFS2 issued policy under Scott Pruitt, there is no change from the policy established in the proposed and final 2018 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO).  The use of cellulosic waiver authority still dominates the rationale.  EPA still back calculating (“implied volume requirement”) […]

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Unwinding the Perverse Arithmetic of Scott Pruitt’s Small Refinery Exemptions to the RFS

Unwinding the Perverse Arithmetic of Scott Pruitt’s Small Refinery Exemptions to the RFS

August 1, 2018 |

By Jeremy Martin, Senior Scientist, Clean Vehicles, Union of Concerned Scientists Republished by permission, the original is here. Former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is gone, but the messes he created will be with us for a long time. His approach to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) took an already complicated policy and turned it upside […]

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Gevo & Butamax – Remind Me Why I Care

Gevo & Butamax – Remind Me Why I Care

July 23, 2018 |

By Sam Nejame, Special to The Digest Here in Cambridge it’s humid and the spritely Liz Warren will soon be seen power walking in a straw hat through my neighborhood again. Amidst the brimstone of the ongoing blue/red culture war, it is useful to consider that even the less than conscientious former EPA chief Scott Pruitt […]

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How to Win the Public Policy Debate, and the Annual Government Agency Funding Battles for the Bioeconomy

How to Win the Public Policy Debate, and the Annual Government Agency Funding Battles for the Bioeconomy

July 11, 2018 |

By Craig (CJ) Evans, Managing Director, American Diversified Energy Consulting Services, Accredited Member, Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest More than almost any other industry, financing for the bioeconomy is heavily influenced by and, in many cases, reliant on favorable public policies. Everyone involved in the bioeconomy – companies, entrepreneurs, visionaries, vendors, employees, and […]

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EPA Report Misses the Mark on Biofuels Impact

EPA Report Misses the Mark on Biofuels Impact

July 11, 2018 |

By Don Scott, director of sustainability, National Biodiesel Board Special to The Digest EPA’s recently published Second Triennial Report to Congress on Biofuels and the Environment provides no meaningful conclusion on the net environmental benefits of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). What EPA’s report unfortunately does provide, however, is fodder for political pundits wishing to […]

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