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NNFCC News Review: Feedstock Issue 117, December 2021

Category: feedstocks
Published: 10/12/2021
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the Feedstock and Biorefining sector.

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Lignocellulosic biomass (LB) is occupying an ever-expanding place within the bioeconomy. More specifically, the bioprocessing of lignocellulosic biomass to produce bio-based products under a biorefinery setup is gaining global attention. Although this shows much promise, the commercial viability of such industrial undertakings remains uncertain. At the moment, this uncertainty is mainly due to the unreliable nature of biomass supply chains and to volatile markets. In addition, the industrial scale-up of these biorefinery processes remains a big hurdle.

LB as long been recognised as a potential feedstock for the production of second-generation biofuels. It provides an alternative feedstock to food crops, which often pose an issue in the context of the “food versus fuel” debate. As a result, research on the potential of LB within the context of integrated biorefineries is on the rise. Thermochemical and biochemical processes are assessed, and biorefining becomes increasingly efficient and economically viable...

Other News this Month Includes:


  • JRC and FAO publish Guidance note on monitoring the sustainability of bioeconomy


  • Malaysia hits new UCO export high
  • European Innovation Council grants Kaffe Bueno €2.5 M to build the world’s 1st coffee biorefinery
  • More..

Research & Development

  • Applications of by-products from the olive oil processing
  • Waste and residue availability for advanced biofuel production in the European Union and the UK
  • More...

Wood & Crop

  • Sugarcane pre-sprouted seedlings: A novel method for sugarcane establishment
  • Review on lignocellulosic biomass yield modelling and the bioenergy potential from marginal land
  • A budding problem: Managing corn earworm in commercial hemp production

Other Feedstocks

  • Shell to upgrade pyrolysis oils in Singapore


  • Sustainable process technology to extract biochemicals from microalgae: a mini-review
  • Global status of lignocellulosic biorefinery: Challenges and perspectives
  • More...


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