Technological Advances and Opportunities for the Development of Sustainable Biorefineries

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Moving to a more sustainable economy, where renewable biomass is used to produce fuels, chemicals, energy and materials, is one of the main challenges faced by the society nowadays in order to ensure a sustainable low-carbon economy for the future. In addition, a bio-based economy has the potential to generate new jobs and new opportunities for entrepreneurship, with further benefits to the global economy and the society. Biomass can be used to replace fossil feedstocks for the production of different products, among of which, chemicals are particularly very attractive due to their high market value. This creates abundant growth opportunities for the chemical industries. In this sense, the development of biorefineries to produce chemicals and energy from biomass is a strategy that has been strongly considered in order to have a significant impact in the final commodity prices. Although substantial steps have been taken in recent years into the transition towards a bio-based economy, there are still significant technological challenges to overcome in order to develop more efficient, advanced and sustainable bio-based processes, able to compete with the optimized petrochemical production chains currently available. Moreover, not only technological development, but also process integration and environmental impact analyses must be considered in the design and implementation of future sustainable biorefineries. The most recent technological advances and opportunities for the development of sustainable biorefineries will be presented and discussed in this presentation.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2017
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event25th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition - Stockholmsmässan, Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 12 Jun 201715 Jun 2017


Conference25th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition


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