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May 2022
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Renewable Chemicals and Energy

Biorenewable Insights: Conventional Carbohydrate Feedstocks (2022 Program)

This report examines the various options for carbohydrate feedstocks. Technology analysis includes crop production and sugar production from carbohydrate crops. Economic Analysis includes cost of production models for sugars (4 corn dextrose models, 3 sugar beet sucrose models, and 4 sugarcane sucrose models in each region as regionally relevant) and crops in the US (2 corn models, sugarbeet, sugarcane), Western Europe (wheat, corn, sugarbeet), Brazil (2 corn models, 2 sugarcane models), Asia (2 corn models in China, and Sugarcane in India). A regional supply analysis is also included. Expected contract pricing for sugars and utilizable intermediates (e.g., thick juice) is also provided.
Apr 2022
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Renewable Chemicals and Energy

Advances in Mechanical Recycling of Plastics (2022 Program)

This report examines the main commercial processes for mechanically recycling polyethylene terephthalate, high density polyethylene, and polypropylene. Profiles of the main companies that offer mechanical recycling equipment for bottle-to-bottle processes are included. Cost estimates are presented to produce recycled PET, recycled HDPE, and recycled PP from waste material, at USGC, Western Europe, China, and Japan locations. Global recycled PET, recycled HDPE, and recycled PP market outlooks are also provided.
Mar 2022
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Polymers and Plastics
Renewable Chemicals and Energy

Biorenewable Insights: Natural Oil Feedstocks (2022 Program)

This report investigates oleaginous biofeedstocks for renewable chemicals and fuels. Descriptions of major oilseeds and crushing technologies to produce oils, as well as developmental natural oil sources are described. Regional cost of production models for oilseeds and crushing to produce oils are also included, as well as regional and country level production data.
Dec 2021
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Renewable Chemicals and Energy
Specialty Chemicals and Advanced Materials

Advanced Carbon Applications in Lithium-ion Batteries (2021 Program)

A study of the supply chain and processing of commoditized spherical graphite, conductive carbon black, and other advanced carbon materials used in lithium-ion batteries. Examines both natural graphite and synthetic graphite value chains as well as acetylene black. Strategic outlook for graphite is examined in the context of public policy for environmental protection from the perspective of climate change and fluoride pollution, as well as changes in supply chain, changes in battery technology, and battery-electric vehicles.
Dec 2021
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Polymers and Plastics
Renewable Chemicals and Energy

Biorenewable Insights: Biodegradable Polymers (2021 Program)

This report analyzes the technoeconomic developments in biodegradable technologies. Relevant commercial technologies processes and high level economics are presented. Impacts on the conventional industry, trends and drivers are also discussed.
Dec 2021
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Polymers and Plastics
Renewable Chemicals and Energy

Biorenewable Insights: Biomethanol as a Platform Chemical (2021 Program)

This report is a technoeconomic and carbon intensity comparison analysis of biomethanol (via feedstock switching to biogas, gasification, and power-to-methanol) and potential downstream base chemical products (acetic acid, ethanol, ethylene, propylene, BTX, and gasoline) which form the backbone of the modern chemical industry in turn can be used to produce most conventional petrochemicals, and therefore “green” these value chains. Carbon intensity reductions are valorized in case study scenarios of carbon emissions prices, and break even carbon values are estimated on a regional basis.
Dec 2021
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Renewable Chemicals and Energy

Biorenewable Insights: Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) as a Sustainable Feedstock (2021 Program)

This report analyzes developments in municipal solid waste (MSW) technologies. Waste conversion technologies such as gasification, pyrolysis, mass burn incineration, anaerobic digestion, or aerobic composting are analyzed as alternatives to landfilling. The report provides economics of various disposal configurations in the US, China, Brazil, and Western Europe under a consistent 2021 price scenario. Regional industry analyses of waste generation and composition in the US, Europe, and Asia Pacific regions are also offered.
Nov 2021
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Renewable Chemicals and Energy

Biorenewable Insights: Cellulosic Feedstocks (2021 Program)

This report provides an analysis of cellulosic biofeedstocks and the costs of producing them.  A capacity analysis including regional and feedstock specific potentials for production are included. Impacts on the conventional industries includes comparisons to the scale of petroleum based energy and chemicals, costs, and carbon intensity.
Nov 2021
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Polymers and Plastics
Renewable Chemicals and Energy

Biorenewable Insights: Biobased Polycarbonates (2021 Program)

This report provides techno-economic analysis on various routes to produce biobased polycarbonates, including the use of biobased BPA alternatives (e.g. isosorbide, diphenolic acid, etc.), bio-phenol/bio-acetone from renewable feedstocks, bio-DMC/bio-DPC, and the copolymerization of biobased epoxides with carbon dioxide.
Nov 2021
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Renewable Chemicals and Energy

Biorenewable Insights: Biomass Pyrolysis (2021 Program)

This report provides a techno-economic analysis of key biomass pyrolysis technologies. The background and the process description for relevant technologies are described and their comparative economics are presented. A risk-adjusted capacity listing is provided and the implications of these technologies on the conventional energy, fuels and chemicals industries are explored.

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