The purpose of this report is to analyze biofeedstocks as a source of renewables. Biofeedstocks can be converted into a number of chemical and polymer products through technologies such as fermentation, gasification, pyrolysis, catalysis, among others. This study assesses the technical, commercial, and economic aspects of producing biofeedstocks as well as providing supply estimates.
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Commercial and developing technologies for MEG production from petroleum, coal and biomass feedstocks have been reviewed. Process economics for MEG via ethylene from ethane, naphtha, methanol and ethanol have been developed. Regional supply/demand is included.
Routes to isoprene via C5 streams, as well as on-purpose and emerging biotransformation routes are discussed in detail. Process economics for seven technologies (including emerging bioroutes) have been developed (China, N.W. Europe, and U.S. bases). Regional market supply/demand is included.
The scale-up of industrial processes is discussed in terms of theory, design, implementation, cost and costing methods, and strategic implications. Methods of reducing operational, technical, and regulatory risk are discussed for both conventional technology and biotechnology. Includes detailed discussion of scale-up for gasification processes, fermentation processes, biomass feedstock logistics and handling, fixed beds and fluid beds.
The report analyzes the conventional carbohydrate crops against cellulosic biomass from a number of sources, exploring the opportunities for cellulosics to replace conventional carbohydrate crops as feedstocks for chemicals and fuels from renewable sources.
This study assesses developing technologies for acrylic acid production using bio-based and new petroleum-based feedstocks. It provides an economic analysis of the cash cost of production to produce acrylic acid via renewable sources versus petrochemical sources.
This report assesses the cost competitiveness of ethylene, on-purpose propylene, HDPE/LDPE/LLDPE, PP, VCM/PVC, EO/EG, Bz, SM, PX, PTA, MeOH and EtOH for USGC, Brazil, North Western and Eastern Europe, Middle East, Japan, Korea, Thailand, China, India, Singapore, and Canada.
Emerging biosuccinic acid process technologies have been analyzed and evaluated including cost of production estimates. Global succinic acid supply/demand is included.
This report analyzes developing technologies for the production of butanediol via renewable feedstocks, investigates renewable feedstocks and conventional sources, and provides an economic comparison of renewable and conventional routes to butanediol.
This report discusses the recent improvements in tire rolling resistance. The process technology and production economics for emulsion SBR, solution SBR and polybutadiene rubber (BR) are presented. In addition, tri-regional SBR and BR supply/demand/trade forecasts out to 2015 are provided.