U.S. Department of Energy Office of Biological and Environmental Research: High yield biomass conversion strategy ready for commercialization

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This U.S. Department of Energy Office of Biological and Environmental Research post features a research advance from James Dumesic, the Ernest Micek Distinguished Chair in chemical and biological engineering.

Researchers demonstrate 80% of biomass is converted into high-value products.

The Science: Researchers show that the three main components of plant biomass can be converted to high value products in economically favorable yields. Using the concept of an integrated biorefinery multiple products streams are produced, comparable to the process of a petroleum refinery, making lignocellulosic (nonedible) biomass a promising alternative source of carbon. The products produced–dissolving pulp, furfural, carbon foam, and battery anodes–have established markets, minimizing market risk for the first commercial plant. Read more…