Chemicals Produced From Ethanol Feedstocks Could Give Boirefineries Economic Boost

Read the full article in Environmental Protection magazine.

Biorefineries developed to produce ethanol from cellulose sources such as trees and fast-growing plants could get a tasty economic boost from the sale of “high-value” chemicals — such as vanillin flavoring — that could be generated from the same feedstock. Revenue from these “side stream” chemicals could help make ethanol produced by biorefineries cost competitive with traditional fossil fuels, researchers announced on Sept. 10.

At the 232nd national meeting of the American Chemical Society, a researcher from the Georgia Institute of Technology described green chemical processes that could produce chemicals worth up to $25 per pound from the same feedstock used to produce ethanol.

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