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Superheated steam torrefaction of biomass residues with valorisation of platform chemicals - Part 2: Economic assessment and commercialisation opportunities

  • Up to now biorefinery concepts can hardly compete with the conventional production of fossil-based chemicals. On one hand, conventional chemical production has been optimised over many decades in terms of energy, yield and costs. Biorefineries, on the other hand, do not have the benefit of long-term experience and therefore have a huge potential for optimisation. This study deals with the economic evaluation of a newly developed biorefinery concept based on superheated steam (SHS) torrefaction of biomass residues with recovery of valuable platform chemicals. Two variants of the biorefinery were economically investigated. One variant supplies various platform chemicals and torrefied biomass. The second variant supplies thermal energy for external consumers in addition to platform chemicals. The results show that both variants can be operated profitably if the focus of the platform chemicals produced is on high quality and thus on the higher-priced segment. The economic analysis gives clear indications of the most important financial influencing parameters. The economic impact of integration into existing industrial structures is positive. With the analysis, a viable business model can be developed. Based on the results of the present study, an open-innovation platform is recommended for the further development and commercialisation of the novel biorefinery.

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Author of HS ReutlingenKleine-Möllhoff, Peter; Roy, Baharam
Erschienen in:Sustainability
Place of publication:Basel
Document Type:Article
Year of Publication:2022
Tag:biorefinery; commercialisation; economic assessment; platform chemicals; superheated steam torrefaction; volatile recovery
Page Number:21
Article Number:2338
DDC classes:333.7 Natürliche Ressourcen, Energie und Umwelt
Open Access?:Ja
Licence (German):License Logo  Creative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International