Then and Now: 120 Bioeconomy Pioneers Look at Yesterday, Today, Inspirations and Challenges (Re-post from Biofuels Digest, July 27, 2017)

August 1, 2017

Four simple questions and such a variety of response as you might expect from the unusual collection of engineers, biologists, marketeers, customers, financiers, policy leaders, advanced R&D specialists, mathematicians, advocates and watchful critics that make up the advanced bioeconomy.

Where were you on July 27, 2007? Where are you now? What inspires you? What do you see as the challenges? 120 of the Digesterati took up the task — from industry rock-stars everyone has heard of, to new colleagues just establishing some visibility. These are your suppliers, your colleagues and your customers — telling you how they see your world. 

Back then, they were in grade school, high school, college, R&D, the old petrochemical economy and more. Now, they are in every geography, role, and stage of progress towards commercialization you can imagine. From Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas.

Prakash BhoiOne of the faces and voices of advanced bioeconomy is Dr. Prakash Bhoi of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. Below is Dr. Bhoi’s story.

Then: On July 27, 2007, I was working as a Senior Power Plant Design Engineer at L&T Sargent and Lundy Limited in India. I was working on detailed engineering of 370 MW Amman East Power Project. This Project received multiple awards including 2013 Top Gas Plant Magazine and British Safety Award.

Now: In July 2017, I am working as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Biobased Products and Energy Center (BioPEC) at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, USA. I worked on a scale-up of OSU’s downdraft gasifier system for mobile power generation. Starting August 1st, I will be joining as an Assistant Professor at Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA.

Inspirations: The advanced bioeconomy offers significant environmental advantages which motivates me to work on novel research projects of bioeconomy. The most satisfying feeling is that the research that I am doing now will be helpful to the future generations.

Challenges: One of the critical challenges of the advanced bioeconomy is to develop cost-competitive and sustainable technologies for producing biopower, biofuels, chemicals and bioproducts.

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