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Pyrolysis Article in Canadian Biomass

Pyrolysis Article in Canadian Biomass

OTTAWA – December 10, 2012 – Sixth Element Sustainable Management, an executive consulting services firm for bioenergy and related biomass–based technology projects, today announced that...

Bioenergy Evolution-2: Industrial Age

“ELEMENTS” – Bioenergy Evolution-2:  Industrial Age – In the previous issue, we summarized the progress of bioenergy from the beginnings of our civilization.  In this...

Move to Nation’s Capital

Move to Nation’s Capital

OTTAWA – September 15, 2012 – Sixth Element Sustainable Management, an executive consulting services firm for bioenergy and other resource energy source (RES) projects, today...

Bioenergy Evolution-1: Prehistoric Age

“ELEMENTS” – Bioenergy Evolution-1:  Prehistoric Age – We often forget that bioenergy is not a modern invention, but is the original source of energy.  From...

Project Financing-3: Angel Financing

“ELEMENTS” – Project Financing-3:  Angel Financing – Angel financing (from private investors) is common for seed and start-up companies, which are often not able to...

Project Financing-2: F&F Financing

“ELEMENTS” – Project Financing-2:  F&F Financing – You need funds to commercialize your invention.  A traditional bank is no help, unless you are going to...

Project Roadmap-3: Risk Mitigation

“ELEMENTS” – Project Roadmap-3:  Risk Mitigation – As bioenergy projects progress through the venture valley-of-death, financing is what will take most of them down.  Any...

Project Roadmap – 2: P&L Forecasting

“ELEMENTS” – Project Roadmap – 2:  P&L Forecasting – A basic flaw of new-venture financial planning is that technology euphoria masks economic reality.  Every bioenergy...

Project Roadmap – 1: Three Major Hurdles

“ELEMENTS” – Project Roadmap – 1:  Three Major Hurdles – There are three basic hurdles in new technology project development:  technical, economic, and market.  Does...

Bioenergy Technology Valley of Death

“ELEMENTS” – Bioenergy Technology Valley of Death: A more or less typical Valley of Death scenario for a bioenergy project is outlined in Scheme 1...

Torrefaction: “Bio-coal”

“ELEMENTS” – Torrefaction -“Bio-coal”:  Among the biomass-based products available for the direct replacement of coal for electricity generation are mechanically-treated wood (hog fuel or wood...

Biochar II: Carbon Sequestration

“ELEMENTS” – Biochar II:  Carbon Sequestration – Biochar is an agricultural phenomenon, as we discussed in our last Element’s communication.  This amazing application goes beyond...

Biochar I: What is it?

“ELEMENTS” – Biochar I:  What is it? – Biochar may be the greatest agricultural discovery since Justus von Liebig (1803 – 1883), “the father of...

Biomass Verwertung II: Biomass Options

“ELEMENTS” – Biomass Verwertung II:  Biomass Options – In part I of this series, we presented an overview of the economic hurdles for the biomass...