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Bio–Economy: Where Do We Stand?

Bio-based high-performance chemicals for a whole range of applications

| Author / Editor: Dechema / Dominik Stephan

Supplemental combustion or gasification of vegetable oil or ethanol at the site of an existing oil refinery or power station is an approach which is still in its infancy. The Brazilian petrochemical producer Braskem is showing the way. Parallel production of up to 200,000 MT of ethylene and polyethylene resin from cane sugar ethanol started up in the autumn of 2010. The production line was built right next to an existing petrochemical plant, and it uses the plant’s polymerization infrastructure.

Organic Hydrocarbons Still Cheaper Than Bio–Based Materials

Organic hydrocarbons are still cheaper on the world market than bio-based materials. However, the price differential compared to renewables is narrowing. What we are looking at for the foreseeable future is not the replacement of oil but instead the alternating use of heterogeneous resources. Alfred Oberholz, former head of R&D at Evonik Degussa: “Biomass- based raw materials will continue to compete with petrochemical feedstock. At the end of the day, C atoms will have the same market value regardless of whether they are derived from biomass or petrochemical feedstock.”

Distributed value-add generates impetus in the chemical analysis market Whatever role biotechnology may play, decentralization of the value-add chain is a fact of life in the power generation, food, animal feed, fine chemicals and clean technologies sector.

Emigration of the Industry as Processing Moves Closer to Raw Materials?

Processing plants are moving closer to their raw material suppliers and customers. Global players now operate similar to regional suppliers by creating specific product lines. Regional suppliers on the other hand buy the same ingredients, additives and production assets as the large corporations. As a result, value-add is becoming increasingly complex, and companies have to manage greater procurement and delivery risks. How toxic is a particular substance? Did the cooling chain remain intact during shipping? Was the silo really cleaned beforehand as required? Is product contamination below the legal limit? Do the goods really contain the high-grade fat and if so in what proportion?

Read, how Brazil, the world's eighth biggest economy aims to become the No.1 player in the global bioeconomy. In this interview, Prof. Dr. Carlos Alberto Aragão gives us a deep insight into the Brazilian development in our interview: “It Is Already Happening” – Brazil Aims To Become No. 1 Global Bio-Economy

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Mass Applications and Components Could Bring Breakthrough for Bio–Economy

In the decentralized world of global procurement, nucleic acid testing, mass spectrometers, portable Elisa and fluorescence detectors create assurance for the purchasing process and the customers. They are used whenever real time verification of the original product and quality are essential to ensure early elimination of toxicity risks and to enable people to make quick decisions at affordable cost. The tests often rely on biotech components in the items under investigation, for example readout of DNA barcodes or photochromic pigments made of genetically optimized bacteriorhodopsin applied with an inkjet printer to protect against product piracy and counterfeiters.

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