Green Matter: Can second-generation biomass economically yield green chemicals?

Under the heading "From plants to plastics," an EU project called BioConSepT was launched last year that was designed to establish the industrial feasibility of using second-generation biomass to produce green chemicals.

Conceived as an effort to close the gap between the lab and industrial practice, the project aims to demonstrate the technical feasibility of white biotech processes that convert second-generation biomass into valuable bi-functional platform chemicals for bioplastics. Moreover, these processes are intended to be 30% cheaper and 30% more sustainable than the corresponding chemical routes or the biotechnology processes based on first generation feedstocks.

This week saw the publication of a market study exploring the cost competitiveness and market potential for new products resulting from the project, which targeted three green chemical intermediates—succinic acid, itaconic acid and FDCA—for further research. ...

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