Biofuels and Bio-based Products

 

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Innovation and investment in renewable products has been catalyzed by global environmental concerns, sustainability and the finite availability of fossil derived feedstocks. Legislation on carbon emissions is an additional inducement to move toward renewable products.

For biofuels, the current production of bioethanol and biodiesel is well established but all are subject to increasingly stringent sustainability considerations (total production cycle carbon footprint and arable land and water utilization). This has led to a strong focus on diversification of biofuel feedstocks away from just corn, sugar cane and oilseed plants. Examples of alternatives are Jatropha, algae, and improved cellulosic hydrolysis of agricultural and forestry waste.

New synthetic biology tools are being developed and deployed to:

  • develop enhanced cellulosic hydrolysis of wood and agricultural byproducts for ethanol production.
  • metabolic engineer microorganisms (algae, bacteria) for biodiesel production and the conversion of petroleum byproducts such as glycerol to higher value intermediates.
  • metabolically engineer microorganisms for economically viable biochemical production.
  • enhance feedstocks for improved efficiencies in pulp and paper production and bioenergy generation.
  • innovate in the biopolymer and industrial enzyme sectors.


If your strategic initiatives include any of the above, consider contacting BioFuture to discuss business development and collaboration management support. Domain knowledge, experience, and diligence are at your service.

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