Chemicals from Biomass
Chemicals can be produced in various ways from woody biomass. Arthur Janse of DSM presented BIOFOREVER consortium results. Arthur’s presentation was part of a virtual NLGUTS event 25th of November 2020.
This consortium evaluated experimentally and economically 4 different process routes from 4 different feeds, spruce, poplar, waste wood, class A, and class B, to sugars. It appears that the best process produces sugars at € 350-400/ton from poplar. This is not competitive with sugars on the market from other sources. However, the by-product lignin has not been evaluated for chemicals production. According to Arthur this could be key in obtaining economically viable processes.