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The Non-Food Biofuel Sector Should Grow Significantly

The Non-Food Biofuel Sector Should Grow Significantly | Biorenewable Chemicals & Energy | Scoop.it

Originally Published in the ECOreport.

The biofuel industry has been enjoying a 19.6% annual growth since 2005. That is about to change. The World’s 53.2 billion gallon biofuel industry could grow to over 60 billion gallons during the next few years. Much of this will come from riskier next generation technologies.

Approximately 65.9% of global biofuel capacity

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Biofuels mainly use the C6-fraction of the biomass (sugars, starches and celluloses). This leaves the lignins and the C5-fraction (hemicelluloses), from which furfural is made. Furfural is a platform chemical for large variety of bio-renewable chemicals and bioplastics (http://j.mp/GQHGob).

 

Furfural has been industrially made since 1922. No risky technologies are need. It's not rocket science: dalinyebo.com/it-s-not-rocket-science.

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World Chemical Outlook 2014

World Chemical Outlook 2014 | Biorenewable Chemicals & Energy | Scoop.it

World Chemical Outlook 2014
And the biobased chemicals sector will be shifting this year from an industry of expectations to one that is actually manufacturing products.

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Chemical industry is growing, again. That's good, espcially for the bio-renewable chemicals.

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Furfural & CHP

Furfural & CHP | Biorenewable Chemicals & Energy | Scoop.it
Biomass is the simplest form of (sun) energy storage. Besides the use of its sugars or grains in our food chain, the biomass accumulated at agri-proce...
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CPH&F: Combined Heat, Power and Furfural plants turn sun-energy into green profit!

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Record temperatures set to reach tropics first

Record temperatures set to reach tropics first | Biorenewable Chemicals & Energy | Scoop.it
Up to five billion people may be living with never-experienced-before temperatures by 2050, a study finds.
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Ethanol: Clean Energy Or The Source Of New Environmental Concerns?

Ethanol: Clean Energy Or The Source Of New Environmental Concerns? | Biorenewable Chemicals & Energy | Scoop.it
The agricultural industry has reaped the rewards of laws requiring ethanol cultivation, but now the environmental ramifications are causing second thoughts. (Ethanol: Clean Energy Or The Source Of New Environmental ...
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That is why we advocate the use e.g. cobs or husks from existing food-chain residues. A biobased-economy has to understand soil conditions.

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µ-BioRefinery™

µ-BioRefinery™ | Biorenewable Chemicals & Energy | Scoop.it

DalinYebo’s GreenEnergyPark™ was develop to bring together the farming (20,000 to 50,000 ha) and chemical industries. The µ-BioRefinery™ is a downscaled adaptation of the GreenEnergyPark™ concept. It takes biorefining to communities and/or smaller farming enterprises (±2,000ha).

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Bringing biorefining closer to the biomass

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3 Futuristic Fuel Projects - Motley Fool

3 Futuristic Fuel Projects - Motley Fool | Biorenewable Chemicals & Energy | Scoop.it
3 Futuristic Fuel Projects Motley Fool Whereas BP (NYSE: BP ) and Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE: RDS-A ) pulled the plug on their direct investments in biobased fuels and chemicals produced from biotechnology, Total has stayed the course with its...
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Plant-inspired tableware is made from bioplastics

Plant-inspired tableware is made from bioplastics | Biorenewable Chemicals & Energy | Scoop.it
Designer Qiyan Deng creates biodegradable dishes that you'll have a hard time throwing away.

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Potential to produce bio-plastics from poplar trees

Potential to produce bio-plastics from poplar trees | Biorenewable Chemicals & Energy | Scoop.it

Bio-based products such as bio-plastics are used in the cosmetics industry by a number of leading brands in their packaging ..

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Coal and oil are nothing but fossilised biomass ... why is it surprising that fresh biomass could be used to replace products made from oil/coal/gas? E.g. Polyethylene is already sucesfully made from sugar cane. .. furfural can be converted to Lycra or Nylon and many other polymers/chemicals.

 

 

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Biomass & Furfural

Biomass & Furfural | Biorenewable Chemicals & Energy | Scoop.it
Biomass suitable for furfural production
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During our 10 years of furfural process R&D, we tested and characterised a large variety of biomass .. solid biomass as well as 'liquid' biomass

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What can ‘frugal innovation’ do for development?

What can ‘frugal innovation’ do for development? | Biorenewable Chemicals & Energy | Scoop.it

The idea of finding simple, robust ways to tackle the world’s problems is growing in popularity .."

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Food security: Facts and figures

Food security: Facts and figures | Biorenewable Chemicals & Energy | Scoop.it
Food security is deeply connected to other development challenges and poor health. Michael Hoevel traces the links.
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One of the consequences of biomass processing (of the NON-FOOD part of the crop) is the generation of extra revenu for the farmers, thus cross-subsidising the food production. 

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'Green' energy kills American eagles

'Green' energy kills American eagles | Biorenewable Chemicals & Energy | Scoop.it
Wind farms kill about 83,000 hunting birds each year, including hawks, falcons and eagles. Killing an American eagle is federal crime, but despite the mass die-offs, the Obama administration has never once fined or prosecuted a wind energy company.
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BioBased Economy - Potential in the Land

Participants involved in pioneering the biobased economy share their experience, optimism and passion for biobased industrial development. Their stories demo...
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Not just for Euope!

 

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Solar energy harvesting with a multitude of man-made leaves

Solar energy harvesting with a multitude of man-made leaves | Biorenewable Chemicals & Energy | Scoop.it
Two-step artificial photosynthesis mimics nature’s efficient way of gathering energy

 

Scientists from Japan have harvested solar energy using an exceptionally large number of light absorbers to relay photons via antennas into one final energy acceptor. This two-step sequence closely mimics natural photosynthesis, resulting in greater and more efficient energy transfer.

 

Previously, researchers had only used one-step light harvesting systems, greatly limiting the number of absorbers able to feed light into a single reaction centre. Now, by imitating photosynthetic systems, Osamu Ishitani at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Shinji Inagaki at the Japan Science and Technology Agency and their co-workers have efficiently harvested light using the highest number of artificial leaves to date.

 

The team combined 440 periodic mesoporous organosilica (PMO) tubes bridged by light-absorbing biphenyl (Bp) groups with five stick-shaped rhenium(I) pentamer units connected to one ruthenium(II) trisdiimine complex (Ru–Re5). This Ru–Re5–Bp–PMO hybrid system concentrates photons absorbed by the large framework of Bp–PMO in two steps: first to the rhenium oligomers, and then to the ruthenium reaction centre.

 

‘Photon collection has always been a problem in developing efficient solar energy conversion systems because the molecules are so small and solar light is so dilute,’ says Ishitani. ‘This new system is fantastic because now we can accumulate light from a large area and into, say, a photocatalyst.’

 

Other researchers are enthusiastic about the work. ‘The bio-inspired design of their synthetic assembly is certainly intriguing, because it mimics some important features of photosynthetic light harvesting systems,’ comments Erwin Reisner, an expert in solar fuel generation at the University of Cambridge in the UK.

 

Steve Dunn, who investigates energy harvesting materials at Queen Mary, University of London, UK, regards the system as ‘genuinely transformational’. ‘While it might prove difficult to manufacture real world devices or applications with this latest breakthrough, there is no doubt that this development is significant and exciting.’

 

Ishitani and his team plan to merge their light harvesting technique with their work on photocatalysts for CO2 reduction, and hope to eventually apply this future system to water oxidation photocatalysis. He emphasises the long road ahead and says many more breakthroughs are needed before we can use such artificial photosynthesis in daily life, but that developing these systems is crucial for humanity.

 


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Barry Mapp's curator insight, October 31, 2013 3:10 PM

This is definitely the direction that sustainable energy systems should be going. It's not wind that we should be trying to harness but the sun and millions of years of evolution have shown that photosynthesis is the most effective way utilise the sun's energy

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Water-treatment innovation

Water-treatment innovation | Biorenewable Chemicals & Energy | Scoop.it
Technology developed by Sasol and General Electric expected to make plants substantially more efficient
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Smart: Turn high COD waste water into energy

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