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Coupled production in biorefineries - combined use of biomass as a source of energy, fuels and materials

: Lyko, H.; Deerberg, G.; Weidner, E.


Journal of biotechnology 142 (2009), No.1, pp.78-86
ISSN: 0168-1656
ISSN: 1389-0352
ISSN: 1873-4863
Journal Article
Fraunhofer UMSICHT Oberhausen ()
biomass; biorefinery; coupled production; succinic acid; oleochemical; Biomasse; Bioraffinerie; Verbundproduktion; Bernsteinsäure; oleochemisches Produkt; Bioenergie; bioenergy

"In spite of high prices for fossil raw materials the production of biomass-based products is rarely economically successful today. Depending on the location feedstock prices are currently so high that products from renewable resources are not marketable when produced in existing process chains. Apart from the higher feedstock costs one reason is that at present no optimized production systems exist in contrast to the chemical and petrochemical industry where these systems have been established over the last decades.
If we succeed in developing production systems modelled on those of petroleum refineries where we can provide a flexible coupled production of energy, fuels, materials and chemicals chances are good to enable a lastingly successful production on the basis of renewable resources. Based on examples of fat-based and sugar-based concepts ideas for platform oriented biorefineries are outlined."