CEP: October 2019

Read about recent developments in the field of industrial biotechnology. This series of articles highlights new products, sustainable feedstocks, and deployment strategies. Other topics in this issue include implementing ISO 50001, scaling laws, and Canada's chemical industry.

Editorial

Acing Sustainability

Several years ago, prompted by something I noticed as I entered the United States Tennis Association’s (USTA) Billy Jean King National Tennis Center (BJKNTC), I wrote an editorial on sustainability in sports (“Alternative Paths to Sustainability,” Oct. 2012). What caught my eye turned out to be a solar panel on the top of a trash can ...

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Lessons Learned Implementing ISO 50001

October
2019
Energy
Jeanine Gordon, P.E.
Follow this advice if you are considering implementing the ISO 50001 energy management system to improve the energy performance of your sites.

Industrial Biotechnology Inspires and Innovates

October
2019
SBE Special Section
The industrial biotechnology community spans industry, national laboratories, academic institutions, and investors in the private equity and venture capital (VC) space. From small startups to established multinationals, companies in this field are pushing boundaries and developing game-changing innovations.

Building Successful Startups in Industrial Biotechnology

October
2019
SBE Special Section
Joško Bobanović
Industrial biotech startups are typically founded by technical individuals — engineers and scientists with little experience in the world of business. This article describes ways to avoid some of the pitfalls that budding startups face.

Developing the Next Generation of Sustainable Biomaterials

October
2019
SBE Special Section
Jeroen F. Visjager, Ritu Bansal-Mutalik, Alex Patist
Inspired by nature, one company is using advanced biotechnology techniques to develop new textiles and materials that raise the bar for sustainability.

New Tools from the Microbial World for Agriculture and Beyond

October
2019
SBE Special Section
Kelly Smith
By 2050, crop production will need to increase by more than 70% to sustain the world’s growing population. To meet this target, novel crop protection strategies must be developed and implemented. One biotech company is leading the charge in generating biological products for disease and pest control in crops.

Meeting the Needs of the Cell-Based Meat Industry

October
2019
SBE Special Section
Elliot Swartz
Commercialization of cell-based meat products at economically viable prices will require significant innovations, presenting new challenges and opportunities for industrial biotechnologists.

SBE Special Section: Industrial Biotechnology (Complete 26-Page Section)

October
2019
SBE Special Section
Industrial Biotechnology Inspires and Innovates; Building Successful Startups in Industrial Biotechnology; Developing the Next Generation of Sustainable Biomaterials; New Tools from the Microbial World for Agriculture and Beyond; Meeting the Needs of the Cell-Based Meat Industry; Scaleup and Commercialization of a Gas Fermentation Technology

Applying Scaling Laws in Process Engineering

October
2019
Back To Basics
Chris Burk
Capital cost estimation techniques in the chemical process industries (CPI) rely largely on scaling relationships. 
Understanding how scaling relationships relate to equipment characteristics enables you to use them more effectively, 
even when specific data is not available.

Canada’s Chemical Industry: Evolving with the Times

October
2019
Global Outlook
Bernard West, Thomas Adams, Clement Bowman, Murray McLaughlin, Paul Stuart, P. Eng.
Canada’s chemical industry began in eastern Canada in the Montréal area, then moved to Sarnia in central Canada. More recently, it traveled further west, and is now dominated by the oil sector in Alberta.
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