Emerging Biofuels

Bioenergy-3c

BIOMASS PYROLYSIS is our speciality:

Torrefaction and Biocoal

Pyrolysis and Biochar

Gasification and Biochar

Bioenergy-3c

Where does your venture/technology stand compared to its peers?


Are you among the best-in-class technology developers?

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Entrepreneur Services:

- business mentoring and negotiations

- concept planning

- feasibility studies, pro forma design and business plans

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Investor Services:

- venture/technology vetting and audits

- business preparedness

- stage of commercial development

Tools for the Entrepreneur: Free Reports on Emerging Biofuels

Free reports appraising the pyrolysis sector are available from Sixth Element to aid entrepreneurs and developers on commercializing innovation with torrefaction, biochar, and gasification.  We encourage feedback from our readers.  If you would like to receive notification of future reports, please let us know.

This report presents the history of the biofuel industry – including gaseous, liquid and solid biofuels, and biomass power – in Canada from 1867 to 2017: Celebrating Canada’s 150th:  A Short History of the Biofuel Industry in Canada.  A version of this article was published in Biofuels Digest.

Project developers of today have applied modern engineering and science to create a menagerie of biofuel wizardry, but most of our “modern” inventions originated from an earlier time. We should not forget the great entrepreneurs of yesterday who are the true inventors of these technologies. A Short History of Biofuels.  A version of this article was published in Biofuels Digest.

This report is on the commercial status of the biofuels industry, including ethanol, biobutanol, biodiesel, biogas, gasification, pyrolysis, torrefaction and other emerging biofuels, and exposes the pretensions of some biofuel developers:  The Industrial Status of Biofuel Technologies. A version of this story has been published in Biofuels Digest.

This report provides an analysis of the commercial status of emerging technologies related to torrefaction (biocoal), slow pyrolysis (biochar), fast pyrolysis (pyrolysis oil/biochar), hydrothermal (hydrochar/biocrude), and biomass gasification (producer gas/biochar).  The basis of the study is the proprietary Pyrolysis Venture Database of Sixth Element with over 1,000 entries. Pyrolysis 1000

An analysis of the status of emerging technologies related to torrefaction (biocoal), slow pyrolysis (biochar), fast pyrolysis (pyrolysis oil) and biomass gasification (wood gas/syngas):  Is Pyrolysis Burning.

An overview of the emerging technologies related to torrefaction (biocoal), slow pyrolysis (biochar), fast pyrolysis (pyrolysis oil) and biomass gasification (wood gas/syngas):  Pyrolysis Spectrum. A version of this report was published in Canadian Biomass.

An overview of the status in Canada of emerging technologies related to torrefaction (biocoal), slow pyrolysis (biochar), fast pyrolysis (pyrolysis oil) and biomass gasification (wood gas/syngas):  Canada & Pyrolysis. A version of this report was published in Canadian Biomass.

A Canadian venture – Advent Biofuels – has been listed as #1 in the Top 50 Hottest Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy.  This report presents an overview of this creative entrepreneurial enterprise: Claus Technology is Coming to Town.  A version of this story has been published in Biofuels Digest.

Elements of Bioenergy Projects is a series of shorter articles from Sixth Element to aid entrepreneurs and developers on commercializing innovation with bioenergy/biofuels. Also see the related Elements of New Ventures. We encourage feedback from our readers.

Tools for the Entrepreneur/Investor: Pyrolysis Venture Database

Sixth Element maintains a comprehensive global database of over 1,000 biomass pyrolysis ventures. The Pyrolysis Venture Database is important for investors and entrepreneurs alike.  The information is a valuable resource for vetting the investment choices and assessing the competitive position of pyrolysis ventures.  Ventures often claim to have the best technology, but have no evidence to back it up.  The Pyrolysis Venture Database is a guide to where a venture stands relative to its peers and to the best-in-class technology providers.

Reports with interactive tables with hyperlinks directly to these biomass pyrolysis technologies/ventures are available by region (EU, U.S., Canada, rest of the world) and/or by technology:

  • torrefaction – biocoal
  • steam thermal (steam explosion) – black pellets
  • slow pyrolysis (includes tires) – biochar (recycled carbon black)
  • hydrothermal carbonization – hydrochar
  • hydrothermal liquefaction – biocrude
  • fast pyrolysis – pyrolysis oil, biochar
  • gasification (includes MSW) – producer gas, biochar.

These reports (a sample is available here) include an estimate of the commercial stage of development of each entry.  Cost of these reports is dependent on the scope. Prices start at $3,000 for one type of technology in Canada.

A more detailed analysis of the best-in-class firms can then be carried out to select the top candidates. These companies would be contacted directly to provide operating and environmental data, and capital and operating costs. Evaluation factors would be established with your input, and the companies rated according to your criteria.

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0 Gasification Ventures

Forestry & Bioenergy

EXPERIENCE

Executive of a bioenergy (bark boiler and CHP/IPP facilities), biofuel (the largest cellulosic ethanol business in North America), and bioproducts business with operations in Canada and France

Founder of the LinkedIn group, Bioenergy Projects & Ventures

Mentored and edited the business plans for a biomass pellet venture in the U.S.

Prepared feasibility studies and provided business/financial planning guidance for Aboriginal forestry ventures

Lead consultant in forestry bioenergy for the world’s largest biofuels consulting group

Pyrolysis - Business

EXPERIENCE

Executive of a pyrolysis venture with pilot facilities in Canada and South Africa

Director of Biochar Ontario

Author of a study on the global pyrolysis industry for the National Research Council Canada 

Owner of a proprietary data base on the commercial status of 1,000 pyrolysis firms

Author of a study on the commercial status of wood-to-fuel ventures and identification of best-in-class firms for a European client

Audited the commercial preparedness for an IPO of a pyrolysis venture in Canada for a U.S. investment firm

Pyrolysis - Innovation

EXPERIENCE

Author of technical papers: Biomass Pyrolysis Spectrum, The State of Pyrolysis in Canada  and Where did biofuels technologies come from.

Author of over a dozen papers on pyrolysis presented at major bioenergy conferences (including the IEA Bioenergy, International Bioenergy Conference, and CanBio)

Member of the expert panel on international standards for solid biofuels (wood/biomass pellets, torrefied pellets and biochar briquettes) for ISO (TC 238)

Member of the expert panel on Canadian standards for solid biofuels for CSA