Background information and biorefinery status, potential and Sustainability: Task 2.1.2 Market and Consumers; Carbohydrates

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    This report was produced to give an overview of present and future market for biorefinery products based on carbohydrates. Various studies show that there is a wealth of possible molecules and products that can be produced from carbohydrates. Carbohydrates already find significant application in starch products and cellulose plastics and fibres. However, for a biorefinery to operate in an economically sustainable way, applications for (preferably all) biomass ingredients need to be found. Presumably the optimal mix of applications will be a combination of larger volume/smaller value and smaller volume/higher value applications. For this study we therefore have taken a molecular approach. Looking at the size of possible end markets for the molecules that can be based on carbohydrates a number of main products come into view: dialcohols, dioic acids, 2,5 furan dicarboxylic acid and ethanol. These molecules with a wide application range can serve as basis targets for the carbohydrate stream of a biorefinery, provided the production processes are optimised to make them competitive to the petrochemical counterparts. Speciality applications for the resulting side streams will then need to be found on a case by case basis.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationWageningen
    PublisherWageningen UR - Food & Biobased Research
    Number of pages28
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

    Publication series

    PublisherWageningen UR, Food & Biobased Research
    No.Deliverable 2.1.2



    • carbohydrates
    • markets
    • biobased economy
    • biobased chemistry
    • biopolymers
    • biorefinery
    • residual streams
    • coproduction

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