Market Diversification and the Biofuel Start-up

Developers of new technologies for advanced biofuels production tend to focus naturally – and rightly – on the technical performance aspects of the business: How to either do things that other technologies cannot achieve – better yields, better product quality, the ability to process more challenging feedstocks – or do the same job as othersContinue reading “Market Diversification and the Biofuel Start-up”

Biofuels, or the Perils of Leadership

There is a cartoon from the Far Side Gallery that I find horrible and hilarious in equal measures. It depicts a small band of explorers walking single line in the jungle. The chap at the front – presumably the leader – has just come to a very sticky end, horribly impaled on a trap madeContinue reading “Biofuels, or the Perils of Leadership”

Biological or Thermochemical – Place Your Bets!

Which is the best way to convert biomass to transport fuels? In the red corner, the Ninja – the micro-organism, be it yeast, bacteria or algae. It is stealthy and very skilled, clever and adaptable. But ultimately fragile and temperamental. In the blue corner, the Troll – the reactor, using brute force (also known asContinue reading “Biological or Thermochemical – Place Your Bets!”

Surely Not Another Consultant?

Does the world really need another consultant? I would normally be the first one to answer with a rather understated “possibly not”. And yet here I am, at the end of a long and fulfilling career with BP, setting myself up as a biofuels expert / consultant / would-be influencer. Why? Because fundamentally, I thinkContinue reading “Surely Not Another Consultant?”