Biobased chemicals report February 2012

Published on
February 28, 2012

This report addresses the main bio-based chemicals that potentially could be co-produced with secondary energy carriers in integrated biorefinery facilities.


Biorefining, i.e. the sustainable processing of biomass into a spectrum of marketable Bio-based Products (chemicals, materials) and Bioenergy (fuels, power, heat) generally is seen as the optimal strategy to sustainably convert biomass into a portfolio of biomass-derived intermediates and products that will form the base for the future Bio-based Economy.

The report deals with the current production of bio-based chemicals, chemicals that potentially could be produced from major biorefinery platforms (sysgas, biogas, sugars, oils, algae, organic solution, lignin, pyrolysis-oil), market growth predictions for the production of bio-based chemicals, economic benefits of co-producing bioenergy and bio-based chemicals, and an overview of commercial and near market bio-based chemicals (C1-C6, Cn).

The purpose of the report is to provide an unbiased, authorative statement aimed at stakeholders from the agro-sector, industry, SME's, policy makers and NGO's.