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Methanotrophs and Syngas Fermentation

Jul 2017/Renewable Chemicals and Energy
This report analyzes the developments in methane and syngas fermentation technologies.  Methane and syngas are readily available gaseous feedstocks which have the potential to provide developers with a cost advantage in production.   The purpose of this study is to assess the technical, commercial, and economic aspects of syngas and methane fermentations, as well as their relative costs.
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Biorenewable Insights: Ethylene Glycol

Jun 2017/Renewable Chemicals and EnergyPetrochemicalsPolymers and Plastics
The purpose of this report is to analyze developments in bio-based mono-ethylene glycol (MEG) technologies. Renewable MEG is a drop-in chemical that has received some attention in recent years as the major fraction of global production of MEG goes into PET, which is used to produce polyester fibers and beverage bottles. The purpose of this study is to assess the technical, commercial, and economic aspects of producing ethylene glycol from renewable feedstocks.
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Oil Price and the Cost Competitiveness of Petrochemicals

Dec 2016/PetrochemicalsPolymers and PlasticsRenewable Chemicals and Energy
Given the large capital investments required to develop world scale petrochemical plants, project sponsors need to understand how the cost competitiveness and return on their investments will be impacted under various oil price scenarios.  This report analyzes investment opportunities based on three oil price scenarios and the impact it has on cost curve position, delivered cost, and return on capital.
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Biorenewable Insights: PEF to Replace PET

Dec 2016/Renewable Chemicals and Energy
The purpose of this report is to analyze developments in polyethylene furanoate (PEF) as a replacement for polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which finds notable use in soda bottles.  The purpose of this study is to assess the technical, commercial, and economic aspects of producing PEF, and their relative costs by region against conventional PET.
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Biorenewable Insights: Conventional Sugars

Dec 2016/Renewable Chemicals and Energy
The purpose of this report is to analyze developments in conventional sugars.  Sugars used as a feedstock for bio-based technologies can improving the GHG profile of the process.  The purpose of this study is to assess the technical, commercial, and economic aspects of producing sugars, and their relative costs by region and feedstock.  Contract pricing formulas are also given.
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Biorenewable Insights: Hydrogen

Dec 2016/Renewable Chemicals and Energy
The purpose of this report is to analyze developments in biological production of hydrogen and associated technologies.  Bio-based hydrogen can be used as is or converted into a number of chemical products - potentially improving the GHG profile of the process.  The purpose of this study is to assess the technical, commercial, and economic aspects of producing bio-derived or renewable hydrogen for either use as a substitute for petrochemically derived hydrogen.
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Biorenewable Insights: Algae Technology

Sep 2016/Renewable Chemicals and Energy
This report  analyzes developments in algae technologies.  Algae used as a feedstock for bio-based technologies can improve the GHG profile of the process.  This study assesses the technical, commercial, and economic aspects of producing algae, algae oils, and direct production of products (e.g., ethanol and diesel), and assessing capacities and developments.
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Biorenewable Insights: Bio-Lubes

Sep 2016/Renewable Chemicals and Energy
This report analyzes developments in bio-based lubricant base oils technologies.  Base oils derived from bio-based materials or processes can potentially improving the GHG profile of industries (including transportation).  This study assesses the technical, commercial, and economic aspects of producing bio-lubes and the corresponding downstream polymers.
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Biorenewable Insights: Isobutylene

Sep 2016/Renewable Chemicals and Energy
The purpose of this report is to analyze developments in bio-based isobutylene technologies.  Isobutylene derived from bio-based materials or processes can be converted into a number of chemical products—potentially improving the GHG profile of the process, including everything from rubber, to personal care products, to flavors and fragrances.  The purpose of this study is to assess the technical, commercial, and economic aspects of producing isobutylene.
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Biorenewable Insights: Polypropylene

Sep 2016/Renewable Chemicals and Energy
This report analyzes developments in bio-based polypropylene technologies.  Polypropylene derived from bio-based materials or processes can improve the GHG profile of the process.  This study assesses the technical, commercial, and economic aspects of producing polypropylene from biological sources.

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