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Process Converts Biomass Waste into Lucrative Chemical Products

A new catalytic process is able to convert lignin — once considered biomass waste — into lucrative chemical products that can be used in fragrances, flavorings or to create high-octane fuel for racecars and jets. A team of researchers from Purdue University’s Center for Direct Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to … Read more »

Waste Byproduct Potential Market Value $242bn

Lignin, which is found in lignocellulosic biomass and is a common byproduct of the paper and pulp industry, has a potential market value of $242 billion if steps are taken to bring it to market, according to a report by Lux Research. The report echoes findings of a Frost & … Read more »

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Pulping Waste Product Has $130bn Market Potential as Green Alternative

A waste product of the pulping industry has the potential to become a renewable resource for the petrochemical sector, according a Frost & Sullivan report. The report, “High-Value Opportunities for Lignin: Ready for liftoff,” says lignin is already a major component of biomass. However, it’s being used for low- and medium-application … Read more »

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Technique May Lower Biofuel Production Cost

North Carolina State University researchers have developed a relatively inexpensive technique for removing lignin from the plant material used to make biofuels, which they say may drive down the cost of biofuel production. Lignin is difficult to break down or remove from plant biomass, such as the non-edible parts of … Read more »