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Dec 2019
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Renewable Chemicals and Energy
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Oil, Gas and Refined Products

Flow Batteries for Large Scale Energy Storage (2019 Program)

Energy storage is growing in importance, and falling in cost, as solar PV, wind, and other renewables become a greater part of generation, and the grid becomes more sophisticated; batteries are a key type of solution, and flow batteries offer many advantages for large-scale and behind the meter storage. This report examines the global market trends, scenarios and opportunities for battery energy storage systems (BESS) in the next 5-10 years, as well as the current and projected technoeconomics of flow batteries in terms of levelized cost of storage and total investment cost.
Oct 2019
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Petrochemicals
Polymers and Plastics
Renewable Chemicals and Energy

Biorenewable Insights: Butadiene (2019 Program)

This report focuses on developments in the bio-butadiene industry sector.  This includes routes from sugar, ethanol, BDO, CO, succinic acid, and butanol.  Technology descriptions, key company profiles, cost of production model estimates, and capacity analysis is included as well as a discussion of impacts on the conventional industries. 
Sep 2019
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Oil, Gas and Refined Products
Renewable Chemicals and Energy

Biorenewable Insights: Renewable Natural Gas (2019 Program)

RNG (renewable natural gas) is a mostly methane stream that is most commonly derived from biogas produced by anaerobic digestion or from landfill gas (LFG) by removing impurities such as CO2, H2S, and water vapor to achieve a purity similar to pipeline fossil natural gas.  Other means of production include conventional catalytic methanation of waste CO2 with renewable hydrogen (made by water electrolysis with renewable electricity), and advanced electrochemical processes. RNG can be added to the natural gas pipeline, burned locally for heat and power, or fed to chemical synthesis.
Sep 2019
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Oil, Gas and Refined Products
Renewable Chemicals and Energy

Biorenewable Insights: Non-Ester Renewable Diesel (2019 Program)

Renewable diesel encompasses products from bio-based sources that can be substituted with diesel fuel.  This report covers non FAME renewable diesel as produced: Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO), HVO co-processing with Petroleum, Biomass Pyrolysis Diesel and other routes.  Most renewable diesel technologies are relatively competitive with the market price for renewable diesel in the United States.
Dec 2018
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Renewable Chemicals and Energy
Polymers and Plastics

Biorenewable Insights: Bio-Surfactants (2018 Program)

The purpose of this report is to analyze developing technologies for the production of renewable surfactants.  Technical and economic aspects of producing renewable surfactants are explored in detail as.  Production capacity developments, drivers for development, and commercialization obstacles are also explored.
Dec 2018
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Renewable Chemicals and Energy
Polymers and Plastics

Biorenewable Insights: Renewable Ammonia (2018 Program)

The purpose of this report is to analyze developing technologies for the production of renewable ammonia, through the production of renewable hydrogen.  Technical and economic aspects of producing renewable ammonia are explored in detail as.  Production capacity developments, drivers for development, and commercialization obstacles are also explored.
Dec 2018
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Renewable Chemicals and Energy
Polymers and Plastics

Biorenewable Insights: Polyurethanes (2018 Program)

The purpose of this report is to analyze developing technologies for the production of renewable polyurethanes, with a major focus on the feedstocks for polyurethanes—polyols and diisocyanates.  Technical and economic aspects of producing bio-based polyols and bio-based diisocyanates are explored in detail as well as some investigation of bio-based non-isocyanate routes to polyurethanes.  Production capacity developments, drivers for development, and commercialization obstacles are also explored.
Dec 2018
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Renewable Chemicals and Energy
Specialty Chemicals and Advanced Materials

Thermal Energy Storage (TES) (2018 Program)

Thermal energy storage (TES) technologies and systems provide a major opportunity for better economic benefits and enhanced energy management.  This includes expected mismatches in supply and demand for cooling or heating requirements, thereby offsetting differences in time and magnitude of cooling or heating production.  TES can also jointly assist in harnessing and integrating “stranded” renewable power supply through possible co-location with distributed energy resources such as based on solar and wind energy.  This report provides an overview of the various developing and commercial TES technologies in the United States and includes a methodology for structuring the levelized cost of storage (LCOS).  
Dec 2018
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Renewable Chemicals and Energy
Polymers and Plastics

Biorenewable Insights: 2,5 Furandicarboxylic Acid (FDCA) (2018 Program)

The purpose of this report is to analyze developing technologies for the production of 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA).  Technical and economic aspects of producing FDCA through several different process routes including catalytic and enzymatic oxidation technologies utilizing different sources of sugar are explored in detail as well as unconventional technologies to produce FDCA such as the galactaric acid route.  Production capacity developments, drivers for development, and commercialization obstacles are also explored.
Oct 2018
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Renewable Chemicals and Energy

Biorenewable Insights: Natural Oil Feedstocks (2018 Program)

The purpose of this report is to analyze developments in natural oil production technologies. Natural oils (e.g., vegetable oils and animal fats) can be converted into a number of oleochemical, petrochemical, and fuel products—with potential to improve the GHG footprint of the process.  The purpose of this study is to assess the technical, commercial, and economic aspects of producing natural oils and their feedstocks.

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