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Chemistry based on renewable raw materials: perspectives for a sugar cane-based biorefinery.

Villela Filho M, Araujo C, Bonfá A, Porto W - Enzyme Res (2011)

Bottom Line: Brazilian sugar cane is a competitive feedstock source that is opening the door to a wide range of bio-based products.This essay begins with the importance of the feedstock for the chemical industry and discusses developments in sugar cane processing that lead to low cost feedstocks.Thus, sugar cane enables a new chemical industry, as it delivers a competitive raw material and a source of energy.

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Affiliation: Department of Innovation Management Chemicals & Creavis, Evonik Degussa Brasil Ltda., Alameda Campinas 579, São Paulo, SP, Brazil.

ABSTRACT
Carbohydrates are nowadays a very competitive feedstock for the chemical industry because their availability is compatible with world-scale chemical production and their price, based on the carbon content, is comparable to that of petrochemicals. At the same time, demand is rising for biobased products. Brazilian sugar cane is a competitive feedstock source that is opening the door to a wide range of bio-based products. This essay begins with the importance of the feedstock for the chemical industry and discusses developments in sugar cane processing that lead to low cost feedstocks. Thus, sugar cane enables a new chemical industry, as it delivers a competitive raw material and a source of energy. As a result, sugar mills are being transformed into sustainable biorefineries that fully exploit the potential of sugar cane.

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Mentions: We can see the production of chemicals based on carbohydrates, especially on sugar cane, accelerating. Old processes are being operated anew, new processes are going on-stream and R&D is taking on an impressive dimension. Thus, we can assume that in the future, sugar cane will be used to produce a wide range of products: sweeteners, biofuel, bioenergy, bioplastics and other chemicals. At the same time, the vision of the usinas being established at sites where many sugar cane-based processes are integrated is becoming a reality. This is possible, as the production integration into a biorefinery enhances the competitiveness of bioprocesses. The possibilities of inclusion in a biorefinery flowchart are shown in Figure 5. As there is a wide range of processes and products, the combination of routes is possible, which allows the biorefinery to be very flexible.


Chemistry based on renewable raw materials: perspectives for a sugar cane-based biorefinery.

Villela Filho M, Araujo C, Bonfá A, Porto W - Enzyme Res (2011)

Example of biorefinery flowchart.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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fig5: Example of biorefinery flowchart.
Mentions: We can see the production of chemicals based on carbohydrates, especially on sugar cane, accelerating. Old processes are being operated anew, new processes are going on-stream and R&D is taking on an impressive dimension. Thus, we can assume that in the future, sugar cane will be used to produce a wide range of products: sweeteners, biofuel, bioenergy, bioplastics and other chemicals. At the same time, the vision of the usinas being established at sites where many sugar cane-based processes are integrated is becoming a reality. This is possible, as the production integration into a biorefinery enhances the competitiveness of bioprocesses. The possibilities of inclusion in a biorefinery flowchart are shown in Figure 5. As there is a wide range of processes and products, the combination of routes is possible, which allows the biorefinery to be very flexible.

Bottom Line: Brazilian sugar cane is a competitive feedstock source that is opening the door to a wide range of bio-based products.This essay begins with the importance of the feedstock for the chemical industry and discusses developments in sugar cane processing that lead to low cost feedstocks.Thus, sugar cane enables a new chemical industry, as it delivers a competitive raw material and a source of energy.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Innovation Management Chemicals & Creavis, Evonik Degussa Brasil Ltda., Alameda Campinas 579, São Paulo, SP, Brazil.

ABSTRACT
Carbohydrates are nowadays a very competitive feedstock for the chemical industry because their availability is compatible with world-scale chemical production and their price, based on the carbon content, is comparable to that of petrochemicals. At the same time, demand is rising for biobased products. Brazilian sugar cane is a competitive feedstock source that is opening the door to a wide range of bio-based products. This essay begins with the importance of the feedstock for the chemical industry and discusses developments in sugar cane processing that lead to low cost feedstocks. Thus, sugar cane enables a new chemical industry, as it delivers a competitive raw material and a source of energy. As a result, sugar mills are being transformed into sustainable biorefineries that fully exploit the potential of sugar cane.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus