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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.
Nov 2021
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Polymers and Plastics
Renewable Chemicals and Energy
Specialty Chemicals and Advanced Materials

Biorenewable Insights: Biocomposites (2021 Program)

This report provides an analysis of technologies and activity within the biocomposites space. Biocomposites investigated include bioresins (such as PLA, TPS, and others) and use of biomass (such as wood, natural fiber, or other materials) as filler or binder material. Several case studies are also provided.
Oct 2021
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Polymers and Plastics

Material Recovery Facilities for Plastic Waste (2021 Program)

This TECH report focuses on the technology to sort and bale waste plastics from a Dry-Mixed Recyclables (DRM) or Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) stream for use by recyclers. This report provides details on screening, air separation, electromagnetic, eddy current and optical sorting technologies employed at Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs). The report provides an estimate of the cost of production for sorting of DMR for the U.S. and Western Europe. Major suppliers for sorting equipment and developing recycling technologies are profiled.
May 2021
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Renewable Chemicals and Energy

Advances in Depolymerization Technologies for Recycling (2021 Program)

This report examines the main commercial and developing processes for depolymerization of polyamide, polycarbonate, polyethylene terephthalate, polystyrene, polyurethane, and polymethyl methacrylate. Profiles of the main technology developers are also included.  Cost estimates are presented to produce recycled monomers and corresponding plastics from waste material, at USGC, Western Europe, China, and Japan locations.   
Dec 2020
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Renewable Chemicals and Energy

Electrochemical Energy Storage (2020 Program)

Large-scale electrochemical energy storage (EES) is growing in importance, with commercialized technologies, declining costs, and integration with renewable power sources (e.g., solar PV and onshore/offshore wind) thereby becoming a greater part of overall power generation mix while reducing overall carbon footprint, achieving decarbonization targets, and enhancing global sustainability.
Dec 2020
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Polymers and Plastics
Renewable Chemicals and Energy

Biorenewable Insights: Thermoplastic Starch (2020 Program)

The purpose of this study is to analyze developments in thermoplastic starch and thermoplastic starch blends as replacements for conventional petrochemical polymers.  The report examines the technical, commercial, and economic aspects of producing thermoplastic starch and thermoplastic starch blends, and their relative costs by region against conventional polypropylene and HDPE. 
Dec 2020
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Renewable Chemicals and Energy
Specialty Chemicals and Advanced Materials

Recycling of Lithium-ion Batteries (2020 Program)

An assessment of currently commercial and innovative pre-commercial processes in the nascent battery recycling sector.  Examines whether the sector is likely to be dependent on tipping fees or producer responsibility transfer, or if sector can be profitable on metals basis with variation based on incoming battery mix.  Strategic outlook for battery recycling is examined in context of economic modeling, current capacity buildup, current and future battery technology, and public policy. 
Oct 2020
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Polymers and Plastics
Specialty Chemicals and Advanced Materials

Tire Pyrolysis (2020 Program)

This report discusses the process technologies and economic considerations for tire pyrolysis, which is the thermal degradation of end-of-life tires to produce pyrolysis oil, pyrolysis gas, and char, which can be processed to produce recovered carbon black (rCB). The current status of the industry, and its potential outlook is discussed, as are production economics and viability in North America and Western Europe.
Sep 2020
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Renewable Chemicals and Energy
Specialty Chemicals and Advanced Materials

Biorenewable Insights: Carbon Dioxide to Chemicals and Fuels (2020 Program)

This report is a comprehensive account on technologies that utilize carbon dioxide. Technologies profiled include carbonates, urea, methanol, ethanol, cement, and others. Results of economic analysis and analysis of CO2 utilization potential are included.
Sep 2020
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Polymers and Plastics
Petrochemicals
Renewable Chemicals and Energy

Olefins from Mixed Plastics Waste – Are Thermolysis Routes Viable?

This report examines the technical, economic and business aspects of thermolysis (i.e., pyrolysis and gasification) of mixed plastics waste. Analyses of the mixed plastics waste and the thermolysis plant location are included in the report. Selected developers of pyrolysis and gasification technologies are profiled and ranked under different criteria. The economic analysis of thermolysis technologies (involving the production of syn-naphtha and methanol) and olefins production (i.e., ethylene and byproduct propylene) are provided for different geographic regions. In addition, the report includes an analysis of the regional competitiveness and profitability in the USGC, WE, and China of olefins production compared with various oil price scenarios. Strategic and business considerations are also included in the report.

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