SynSel is partnering with leading biofuel scientific organizations and academic institutions to advance the field of Second-Generation Biofuels. Over the lifetime of SynSel biorefineries, improvements will also be implemented at each site with a focus on reducing operational costs, improving refining processes, tweaking process sub-systems and improving product yields & quality. Engineering & chemistry college students and interns will be involved in many of these initiatives.

 
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SynSel is collaborating with leading academic institutions like Michigan Tech University to advance the science and education of biofuels. Preliminary discussions are underway to develop educational programs for undergraduate and graduate students at our Ontonagon, MI biofuel plant.  Key educational program themes include:

  • Regional planning for wood biomass harvesting and logistics
  • Wood harvesting, environmental, and safety programs
  • Site-specific master planning for SynSel Enviro Industrial Parks
  • Regional waste collection, mitigation, and logistics
 

SynSel’s commitment to these programs serves as an investment into the next generation of biofuel scientists and professionals. These programs, in return, advance science and contributes to SynSel’s mission of producing sustainable second-generation biofuels, creating employment opportunities, building community resiliency, and contributing to energy security.

They will participate in the development and operation of the SynSel biorefinery at Ontonagon, MI. SynSel views these programs as an investment in the next generation of biofuel scientists and professionals. SynSel views these programs as an investment in the next generation of biofuel scientists and professionals. These programs, in return, advance science & education and contributes to SynSel’s program for job creation, sustainable solutions, energy security and community resiliency.

SynSel scientists will participate in mentoring engineering interns and speaking at engineering colleges with a focus on thermo-catalytic hydro-conversion of advanced biofuels. Engineering & chemistry students will participate in site-specific Master Planning required for Enviro Industrial Parks. Student programs will also be tailored for integration with regional forestry associations. Together they will manage and harvest biomass that has the potential to become a hazardous fire in the community. Other programs will focus on assistance in regional waste mitigation and environmentally responsible harvesting & collection of biomass feedstocks. Business colleges will benefit from SynSel’s innovative Good Faith Account (GFA) funding mechanism and Financial Structured Products (FSP) with a focus on Impact Investing. Furthermore, business students will learn how to construct an economic pro forma to reflect financial performance of a bio-refinery and the associated return to investors. Impact investing requires a focus on environment, social advancement and a financial return to investors.

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