This issue's Society for Biological Engineering supplement focuses on biofuels. It's articles explore the need for biofuels and producing biofuels from lignocellulose by thermochemical conversion, fermentation of sugar, and via carboxylate salts. Scaling up bioenergy technologies and the commercial-scale production of lignocellulosic biofuels are also discussed. Other topics in this issue include process safety lessons learned and modeling aqueous electrolyte systems.
Energy Cost Averaging
Last year, when we chose biofuels as the topic for this issue’s Society for Biological Engineering (SBE) supplement, we did not anticipate the precipitous drop in oil prices of recent months. As we were pulling the articles together, guest editor Mark Holtzapple expressed concern that oil prices would be low when the issue appears. “If readers do not think too deeply, they might say ‘These academics are sure out of touch. Don’t they know oil prices are low?’”
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