The Expert Witness in Biofuels and Biochemicals Litigation
by Wayne Lee (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest) … When projects fail to meet expectations, the participant discontent inevitably leads to increased litigation. As with any specialized area, bioeconomy litigation requires the assistance of experienced experts to assist in determining what went wrong, what could have been done to prevent it, and the economic impact of these failures. This article provides an overview of the bioeconomy “expert witness”.
At the outset, we need to define the terms. “Bioeconomy” refers to the production of renewable biological resources, and the conversion of these resources and waste streams into value added products, such as food, feed, fuel, bio-based products and bioenergy. For the purposes of this article, we will speak of the bioeconomy as including commercial or industrial products composed in whole, or in part, of biological products – including renewable agricultural and forestry materials. Example of these would be renewable chemicals, renewable energy, alternative energy, and sustainable energy. The industries covered are biodiesel, ethanol, biomass power, renewable chemicals, renewable jet fuels, pyrolysis, hydrolysis, gasification, waste-to-energy, anaerobic digestion, torrefaction, wastewater treatment, butanol, steam reformation, biochar, carbonization and biogas. READ MORE