Category: Thought Leadership

Process integrated enzyme production: the cost-efficient way to commercially viable 2G cellulosic ethanol

Process integrated enzyme production: the cost-efficient way to commercially viable 2G cellulosic ethanol

January 23, 2017 |

By Dr. Markus Rarbach, Head of Biofuels & Derivatives, Clariant Special to The Digest Cellulosic ethanol is no longer a topic solely discussed in scientific papers or conferences, or by the academic world. It has made its way through the stages of technology development, from lab scale to pilot, to demo and now to commercial-scale plants. […]

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Scaling-up through contract manufacturing

Scaling-up through contract manufacturing

January 18, 2017 |

By Mark Warner, PE, Founder, Warner Advisors LLC Special to The Digest As companies consider options to commercialize their advanced biotechnologies, they are faced with the decision to either build their own demonstration scale facility or utilize existing contract manufacturing operations (CMOs). There are benefits and pitfalls to both approaches, with the correct decision founded in […]

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Catalysis in Renewable Chemicals: Noteworthy Developments, 2015 – 2016

Catalysis in Renewable Chemicals: Noteworthy Developments, 2015 – 2016

January 11, 2017 |

By Dr. Bernard Cooker, Chemical Processing Solutions, Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest The use of catalysts, both living entities, such as microorganisms, and otherwise inert synthetic and biologically-derived materials, such as supported transition metals and enzymes, are frequently key to the development of technically efficient and low cost commercial processes to biochemicals and […]

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The Industrial Status of Biofuel Technologies

The Industrial Status of Biofuel Technologies

January 11, 2017 |

By Gerald Kutney, Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest A myriad of biofuel technologies exist, but which ones are truly industrial processes? The question is not always easy to answer. And one must define what is meant by an industrial process. To facilitate this task, three classifications of industrial status are utilized: Established – […]

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Carbon Negative Impacts from Biomass Conversion

Carbon Negative Impacts from Biomass Conversion

January 4, 2017 |

By Andrew Grant, Biomass Power Projects, LLC, Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest Canada, New England, and California all have Carbon Credit programs to achieve GHG reduction goals. Several forms of biomass diversion from landfills, farms, and other biomass – dependent GHG sources are already in operation to support significant GHG reductions. Examples of […]

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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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