Designing a successful feedstock strategy

The fast-growing biotechnology sector is playing a leading role in creating a sustainable bioeconomy in Europe.

Every year new conversion processes are being developed and new bio-based products are entering the market. According to estimates one million new jobs could be created in the bio-based industries by 2030.

But biomass supplies are limited, and competition for certain feedstocks is increasing.

Therefore, as well as having a marketable product, each bio-based business needs a solid feedstock strategy to ensure a reliable supply of their biomass raw material.

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BTG commissions world-first pilot plant

BTG Biomass Technology Group have successfully launched operation of a first of a kind thermo-chemical fractionation plant, an important step towards the commercialisation of a fast pyrolysis based biorefinery. The plant enables the transformation of lignocellulosic biomass such as sunflower seed husks into products including phenolic resins, furan-based resins, paints, engineered wood and natural fibre reinforced products.

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Study: top feedstocks for pyrolysis biorefinery

A study into the composition and processability of different biomass feedstocks has found sunflower seed husks and poplar wood slabs to be the most suitable for producing bio-based products via fast pyrolysis conversion. The study was conducted by Capax Biobased Development and BTG Biomass Technology Group as part of the Horizon 2020 project Bio4Products, which is testing the feasibility of a fast pyrolysis based biorefinery concept.

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