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New process transforms wood, crop waste into valuable chemicals

New process transforms wood, crop waste into valuable chemicals | Biorenewable Chemicals & Plastics | Scoop.it

"New process transforms wood, crop waste into valuable chemicals: http://www.news.wisc.edu/23259"

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Unraveling the complex molecular structures of lignin!

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New energy-rich sorghum offers ethanol without the corn

New energy-rich sorghum offers ethanol without the corn | Biorenewable Chemicals & Plastics | Scoop.it

".. a new brand of sorghum, bred for optimal energy production, designed as a greener alternative to corn for ethanol fuels and biomass boilers"

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Some of the sweet sorghum varieties are also a great feedstock for furfural production: See dalinyebo.com/sorghum "From Africa: An Ideal Feedstock For The Global Biorefineries."

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Forecasted Bioplastics Industry Growth

Forecasted Bioplastics Industry Growth | Biorenewable Chemicals & Plastics | Scoop.it
The global bio-plastics industry is expected to witness significant growth and reach an estimated $7.02 billion by 2018 Lucintel, one of the leading global management consulting and market research...
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The impact of these trends could see the furfural market grow to twice its current size. For Africa, biomass valorisation means food security and jobs (e.g. greenenergypark.co.za/bio-refining)!

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Cellulose - Biobased Platform for Chemicals

Cellulose - Biobased Platform for Chemicals | Biorenewable Chemicals & Plastics | Scoop.it

Cellulose is an organic compound, a polysaccharide consisting of a linear chain of several hundred to over ten thousand β(1→4) linked D-glucose units. Cellulose is an important structural component of the primary cell wall of green plants, many forms of algae and the oomycetes. Some species of bacteria secrete it to form biofilms. Cellulose is the most abundant organic polymer on Earth

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In whatever we do we try to retain and build on the molecular linkages. That's the best way to avoid/reduce pollution.

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Biobased Solutions Channel

Biobased Solutions Channel | Biorenewable Chemicals & Plastics | Scoop.it

Selected industry and R&D news on biobased additives for polymers. In-depth technical articles on sustainable polymer additives and fillers.

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Bioplastics market growth above average between 2012 and 2017

Bioplastics market growth above average between 2012 and 2017 | Biorenewable Chemicals & Plastics | Scoop.it

Press release. Bioplastics market growth above average between 2012 and 2017. European Bioplastics publishes market data update. Berlin, 12 December 2013. The bioplastics market is predicted to grow from around 1.4 million tonnes ...

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Global demand for bioplastics will rise 19% per year to 950,000 ...

Global demand for bioplastics will rise 19% per year to 950,000 ... | Biorenewable Chemicals & Plastics | Scoop.it
According to a new study on “World Bioplastics” published by The Freedonia Group, global demand for biobased and biodegradable plastics will rise 19 percent per year to 950000 metric tons in 2017. The bioplastics industry ...
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BioConSept

BioConSept | Biorenewable Chemicals & Plastics | Scoop.it
From Plants to Plastics, new market study of platform biobased platform chemicals: itaconic, succinic and FDCA: http://t.co/fyXZvhCSyE
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Global market for bioplastics to increase by 19% annually to 2017

Global market for bioplastics to increase by 19% annually to 2017 | Biorenewable Chemicals & Plastics | Scoop.it
Global market for bioplastics to increase by 19% annually to 2017 AgraNet (subscription) Global demand for biobased and biodegradable plastics will rise 19% per year to 960,000 tonnes in 2017 according to a new study, "World Bioplastics," from The...
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Designing for sustainability: what are the challenges behind green materials?

Designing for sustainability: what are the challenges behind green materials? | Biorenewable Chemicals & Plastics | Scoop.it
Designing for sustainability: what are the challenges behind green materials? The US chemicals giant blew by that mark four years early, racking up $10bn in green-materials revenue in 2011 (most recent data).
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Bioenergy as an obstacle to biobased chemicals

Bioenergy as an obstacle to biobased chemicals | Biorenewable Chemicals & Plastics | Scoop.it
  Wood pellets can better be processed to biobased chemicals than being incinerated: better price, less GHG emissions. Subsidy and quota schemes have clearly influenced biomass prices. In Germ...
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We have found that bio-renewable chemicals provide a better return than "burning" the biomass or turning it into fuels!

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Biorenewable Chemicals

Biorenewable Chemicals | Biorenewable Chemicals & Plastics | Scoop.it
Background Our passion for biobased chemicals emerged from an investigation in 1998 as we discovered the many possibilities for the conversion of suga...
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It's Possible: Large-Scale Conversion to Biobased Polymers

It's Possible: Large-Scale Conversion to Biobased Polymers | Biorenewable Chemicals & Plastics | Scoop.it

It's possible: DuPont Performance Polymers believes that itcan replace more than half of its current engineering plastics portfolio with biobased versions within the next 15 years.


Via Johan Sidenmark
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Closing In on Butanol for Biofuel

Closing In on Butanol for Biofuel | Biorenewable Chemicals & Plastics | Scoop.it

Butanol is the go-to industrial solvent for products such as lacquers and enamels, but it might also play a substantial role in the production of renewable fuels. Gallon for gallon, it has 30 percent more energy than ethanol and only around 4 percent less energy than a gallon of petroleum-based gasoline."...

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Great alternative for biorefineries

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CO2-based chemicals business case

CO2-based chemicals business case | Biorenewable Chemicals & Plastics | Scoop.it

The potential to use greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) as a feedstock for producing new materials is a hot topic currently and could help to develop a true circular economy. ...

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Direct production of chemicals through the transformation of CO2: Great ideas!

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BOTTLES FROM FURFURAL

BOTTLES FROM FURFURAL | Biorenewable Chemicals & Plastics | Scoop.it
Bioplastics BOTTLES FROM FURFURAL Bioplastics PEF (polyethylene furanoate) is an alternate to PET and bio-PET for soft drink bottles, offering enhanced functionalities. Biobased PEF (polyethylene f...
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As with most furfural derivatives, the chemistry is not novel: FDCA was first obtained in 1876 and is derived from furoic acid, which was first described in 1780!

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Rethinking Biofuel Yields

Rethinking Biofuel Yields | Biorenewable Chemicals & Plastics | Scoop.it
According to new research from Michigan State University (MSU), focusing solely on biomass yield comes at a high price. Looking at the big picture allows other biofuel crops, such as perennial gras...
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The big picture of biorefining is all about finding The-Right-Balance™ (dalinyebo.com/the-right-balance). Yields are also not as important for the biomass processing!

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Green "PET" Bottles from Furfural

Green "PET" Bottles from Furfural | Biorenewable Chemicals & Plastics | Scoop.it

Furfural as feedstock for PET alternatives." Bio-renewable PEF (polyethylene furanoate) is an alternate and green plastic for soft drink bottles. Pepsi was the first, but Coca Cola and Danone are ...

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Bioplastics have a potential for being 'truly sustainable'

Bioplastics have a potential for being 'truly sustainable' | Biorenewable Chemicals & Plastics | Scoop.it

EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik has highlighted the crucial role bioplastics play in Europe‘s transition towards a circular bio based economy at the 8th European Bioplastics Conference last week.

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Market outlook: Industrial biotechnology moves up a gear

Market outlook: Industrial biotechnology moves up a gear | Biorenewable Chemicals & Plastics | Scoop.it
Although the figure is a lot less for bulk chemicals, one of the fastest-growing bio- plastics technologies is polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) from ethanol, which can be bio-based.
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'Reengineering Chemistry' report unveiled - indiablooms

'Reengineering Chemistry' report unveiled - indiablooms | Biorenewable Chemicals & Plastics | Scoop.it
'Reengineering Chemistry' report unveiled indiablooms The key industries where green chemistry applications are expected in the next decade are pharmaceuticals, fine chemicals, plastics, textiles, paints and coatings, paper and pulp, agrochemicals...
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Succinic Acid Market worth $496.0 Million by 2016

Succinic Acid Market worth $496.0 Million by 2016 | Biorenewable Chemicals & Plastics | Scoop.it

Succinic Acid Market worth $496.0 Million by 2016 Increasing popularity of renewable chemicals remain the key driving factors for chemical companies to enter into the production of bio-based succinic acid by using...

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One of the pathways to succinic is from furfural via furfuryl alcohol (http://j.mp/17qPl6f)

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How Green Are Your Jeans?

How Green Are Your Jeans? | Biorenewable Chemicals & Plastics | Scoop.it

How Green Are Your Jeans? Once cotton is ready for production, it is dyed in a chemical solvent that is full of oil.

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.. AND cotton use huge amounts of water to grow!

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Favorable feedstock costs can drop cellulosic sugar prices

Favorable feedstock costs can drop cellulosic sugar prices | Biorenewable Chemicals & Plastics | Scoop.it
Ethanol Producer Magazine Favorable feedstock costs can drop cellulosic sugar prices Ethanol Producer Magazine This advance would allow bio-based chemicals and biofuels to be made from more plentiful non-food sources, helping them better compete...
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Feedstock is also the single largest driver of overall furfural economics!

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Furfural And Its Many By-products

Furfural And Its Many By-products | Biorenewable Chemicals & Plastics | Scoop.it
Googling the above title gave "About 92,800 results" (May 2012) .. we're focusing on the 5 most lucrative ones! Furfural ("FF") is the precursor for f...
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