Process, Systems and Product Validation

A preview of the July 2011 issue of Biorefining Magazine
By Ron Kotrba | June 16, 2011

As we wrap up the July issue of Biorefining Magazine today and send it off to the printer, I would like to take this opportunity to say what an informative and fantastic looking issue is in store for you. The theme of the issue is Process, Systems and Product Validation, and our staff editors and contributing writers nailed this one.

While Associate Editor Erin Voegele writes about her trip to Holland (as she mentioned in her guest blog posting last week while I was on vacation), Luke Geiver worked overtime to produce not just one on-theme feature article, but a shared byline with Bryan Sims who was in the midst of producing his feature story—asking what’s behind the development of a biorefining package—when the National Guard activated him to help with the flood fighting on the Missouri River in Bismarck, N.D. This was the second time this year Bryan worked to battle rising floodwaters in North Dakota. Earlier this spring, Bryan was in activated to help Fargo control the rising waters of the Red River of the North, one of the few rivers in the U.S. that actually flow north rather than south. Luke and Bryan’s work culminated in an article titled “The Path to Validation,” an interesting and informative read.

Luke also authored the lead feature article, “The Down-select Debate,” a look into the National Advanced Biofuels Consortium’s selection of commercially viable technology pathways.

In addition to the always interesting front of the book pieces produced by the Biorefining Magazine staff, Michael McAdams, the Advanced Biofuels Association president, wrote his column from Sao Paulo this month, where he asks, “Is Independence Down South Good for the US?” Be sure to check out his column in the July issue.

Roman Wolff, this month’s Talking Point column guest writer, contributed a roadmap of sorts to successful biorefining project development in his article, “Process, System and Technology Validation,” which covers important steps to consider along the way.  

Lastly, John Eustermann, partner attorney with Stoel Rives, discusses considerations for project developers in his Legal Perspective column, “Optimizing for Better Economics.”

As always, thank you for reading and supporting Biorefining Magazine, which is fast approaching its one-year anniversary.