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NNFCC News Review: Biobased Products Issue 70, January 2018

Category: biobased,biorefining
Published: 04/01/2018
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biobased products sector.


Of course, we all know that biomass is very chemically complex. This presents biorefineries with an interesting problem: the opportunity to produce multiple different chemicals from biomass. After breaking down biomass, two common products (which then form the basis of biorefinery) are glucose from cellulose, and xylose from hemicellulose. Each of these can be used to produce either the same products or different ones, and deciding what to produce with each is a decision that involves both technical and economic consideration. Ethanol is a popular choice due to it being relatively easy to produce, and with biofuels providing it with an easily accessible suitable market. This month we feature two examples, one where analysis is conducted on whether to produce ethanol, lactic acid, or both, from sugarcane bagasse. The four possible combinations are........

Other News this Month Includes:


  • Latvia becomes first EU-13 nation to publish bioeconomy strategy


  • Lumen bioscience raises $13m in capital
  • Arzeda raises $15m for protein design technology
  • Bio-on stock listed on World Small Cap index​

Research & Development

  • Report discusses EU finance available for bioeconomy projects
  • Research seeks best solution for biorefinery co-production of Lactic Acid and Ethanol
  • Producing succinic acid alongside ethanol and electricity from sugarcane
  • Developing coatings from potato starch
  • DEINOVE and Greentech reach cosmetics R&D milestone
  • Ginkgo Bioworks opens third organism "foundry"​


  • Mitsubishi and Mazda develop biobased engineering plastic for cars
  • Big investment in "World Scale" Rilsan plant in Asia
  • Perstorp launches renewable polyol portfolio​


  • Biosuccinium is both Halal and Kosher
  • Novel method for biobased acrylonitrile
  • First DEINOVE carotenoid begins industrial production
  • SEKISUKI & Lanzatech make MSW-to-chemicals progress
  • DSM acquires Brazilian farnesene facility from Amyris
  • Genomatica's 1,3-butylene glycol to be marketed in Asia​

Consumer Products

  • Patent protection issued for biobased antiperspirants


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