David Border consultancy now offer 5 more subscription-only, bi-weekly Technology Updates on the following topics:
Aquaculture Feed: The use of new and sustainable commercial fish feed is an important development in the growing industry of aquaculture. With the move away from fishmeal and fish oil many new materials and processes are being explored to provide cost-effective substitutes or supplements.
Biodegradable Bioplastics: The world-wide problem of pollution of land and the oceans by non-biodegradable plastics is well known. Biodegradable bioplastics are an important way forward for two reasons:
• They are derived from renewable sources and not from petroleum.
• They can be broken down by microorganisms to prevent accumulation in the environment.
Photosynthesis: Photosynthesis (the conversion by plants and algae of solar energy, carbon dioxide and water into chemical energy and biomass) is the most important process on the planet. Photosynthesis uses the primary source of all energy (the sun) and is the main producer of oxygen in the atmosphere. The study, understanding and development of photosynthesis is critical to the future of all human, animal and plant life.
Biofuels: There is increasing evidence that the greenhouse gases produced by the burning of fossil fuels are contributing to climate change. Biofuels are renewable and are made from plant and algal feedstocks that take up carbon dioxide as they grow through the process of photosynthesis.
Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs): Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) occur in the sea and freshwater causing major financial losses for the fishing and tourist industries. Many different solutions are being proposed including predicting and tracking blooms, preventing excess nutrients entering the water, harvesting, and other physical, biological and chemical control systems.
These new Technology Updates are in addition to the previous six:
Climate Change: Climate Change is perhaps the most important technological topic today. A vast amount of information is published on this topic every day - much of it of dubious authority and political in nature. There is also a great deal of high-quality information published, for example two extensive recent reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the U.S. Global Change Research Program.
Anaerobic Digestion and Commercial-Scale Composting: Anaerobic Digestion and Composting are two major technologies that are so important in recycling organic wastes and generating energy. David Border Consultancy has been working hands-on in these technologies for 33 years. We have an extensive database of technical and commercial information that is updated every day.
Microalgae and Macroalgae: The cultivation and extraction of Microalgae and Macroalgae are two rapidly growing industries that are revolutionising the way that food and food additives are manufactured.
Carbon dioxide and methane: CO2 and CH4 are increasingly recognised as not just problematic greenhouse gases but also important feedstocks for a range of technologies. CO2 in industrial flue gases can be used to grow microalgae or be made into bioplastics. CH4 - from landfill sites or anaerobic digestion plants - can be burned to produce electricity but can also be converted into biodegradable plastics. There are many other uses for both gases.
Photobioreactors: The cultivation and extraction of Microalgae is a rapidly growing industry that is revolutionising the way that food and food additives are manufactured. The cost of cultivation is a vital aspect of making the industry commercially viable and the capital and operating costs of the photobioreactors used are important elements. The design and efficiency of photobioreactors are rapidly improving. This Update ensures that you are aware of new developments.
Biorefineries: It is increasingly recognised that there are great benefits in integrating complementary microbial technologies such as anaerobic digestion, composting and microalgae cultivation. Integration - in the form of a biorefinery - can result in improved efficiency, reduced operating costs, and the production of a wider range of high-value products. Biorefineries can also use greenhouse gases (CO2 and CH4) as feedstocks
These are all subjects I work on as part of my David Border Consultancy activities. My current database of information on these topics (updated daily) contains over 21,000 items.
To keep up to date with developments in these fields I spend a great deal of time identifying, retrieving and organising relevant information. This requires a detailed knowledge of each topic in order to separate the “wheat from the chaff” (and there is a lot of “chaff” published!). My 35 years working in commercial microbiology provide me with the required knowledge.
The Updates will be issued every two weeks and will include relevant information published in the previous two weeks.
The information will include (with links to the original sources):
- annotated summaries of technical articles and important commercial news items
- links to important academic reports and theses
- links to government reports
- links to the best videos
- downloadable PDFs
This service is backed up by a regularly updated second database of individuals, companies, associations and research organizations that work in these areas.
Each Technology Update is offered at $98.00 (£76.00) for 26 issues (one every two weeks). This equates to only $4 (£3)/issue.
If you would like to subscribe to one or more of these updates, or have suggestions for other topics, please email me.