1. Market Research
  2. > Biotechnology
  3. > Industrial Biotechnology Market Trends
Biorefinery Technologies: Global Markets

Biorefinery Technologies: Global Markets

  • July 2016
  • 121 pages
  • ID: 1923020
  • Format: PDF
  • By BCC Research


Table of Contents

This BCC Research report provides a critical evaluation of the current status of commercial biorefinery markets and the ways in which recent environmental legislation and breakthroughs in technology will make use of biobased products competitive with established petro-based platforms. Forecasts provided from 2016 to 2018.

Use this report to:

Analyze the biorefinery technologies market through four main platforms i.e. physicochemical, biological, thermochemical and hybrids.
Analyze the development of advanced biorefinery technologies and process developments.
Gain insight into macroeconomic aspects and energy perspective and geographical diversification of the major international trends.
Analyze the future of the regulation and legislation of the biorefinery industry


The global market for biorefinery technologies will grow from $466.6 billion in 2016 to $714.6 billion by 2021, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.9% for the period of 2016-2021.
The biological market will grow from $245.3 billion in 2016 to $376.4 billion by 2021, rising at a CAGR of 8.9%.
The physicochemical market is expected to increase from $182.3 billion in 2016 to $274.7 billion by 2021 with a CAGR of 8.5%.


The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations estimates that global food wastage is about 1.6 gigatonnes of “primary product equivalents,” while the total edible part of food wasted is 1.3 gigatonnes, with 54% of this waste occurring before processing.

This equates to a direct global economic cost of $750 billion per year. Total agricultural production globally (for both food and non-food uses) is about 6 gigatonnes. This means that nearly one-third of all global agricultural production is wasted. In industry, biorefineries employ technologies in which biomass is converted into useful intermediates for fuels, energy, chemicals and non-food herbal/botanical compounds by direct combustion as well as by thermal, chemical and biological processes.
Thermal processes involve heating the biomass material. Chemical processes involve breaking down or converting biomass feedstock through chemical reactions, membranes, metal catalysts and other physical separation technologies. Biological conversion technologies use microbiological and/or enzymatic action to convert the biomass material into usable fuel and other bioproducts.

The objectives of this BCC Research report are to:

Identify and communicate critical needs for building scientific and engineering capabilities for the conversion of biorenewables to fuels, chemicals and other value-added products such as polymers.
Assess the current state of chemical catalysts (i.e., heterogeneous and homogeneous) and biocatalyst science and technology applicable to biorenewables.
Identify research and workforce needs to prepare scientists and engineers for a biorenewable-based chemical, fuel and material industry.
Develop and prioritize goals and directions for the development of effective conversion technologies, including the integration of physicochemical, thermochemical and biochemical catalysis in future biorefinery.
Quantify the conversion technology market and identify global diversification of biorefinery feedstocks.
Provide a critical evaluation of the current status of the commercial biorefinery markets and the ways in which recent environmental legislation and breakthroughs in technology will make the use of bio-based products competitive with established petro-based platforms.
Assess the technological competencies of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) companies and plant owners who are global entities whose experience and technological improvements will not be restricted by national borders.


An important change recorded in the energy market from 2014 to 2016 has been the unexpected sudden plunge in world crude oil prices and, to a lesser extent, coal and natural gas prices. After a relatively sustained period of high and stable prices, oil prices dropped to below $50 per barrel in early-2015 from over $100 per barrel in mid-2014. Oil prices plunged further to below $40 per barrel at the end of 2015 after OPEC failed to agree to a cut in production quotas in the face of slumping oil prices and a mounting global supply glut. By the end of the second week in Jan. 2016, the price of crude had dropped to below $30 per barrel, the lowest since Feb. 2004 amid increasing tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia and the slowing Chinese economy. The decline in oil price is expected to affect the biorefinery sector, which is likely to experience mixed impacts. On a macroeconomic level, low oil prices are generally not good for biorefineries, especially if the low crude prices also coincide with low feedstock prices.
Natural gas prices have also declined, but the rate and extent depended on the prevailing gas pricing mechanisms and regional diversification factors: in the United States, natural gas prices fell to below $3 per million British thermal units (MBtu) in early-2015 from a high of $4 per MBtu in mid-2014; in Germany the price of imported natural gas moved from $8.5 per MBtu during the summer of 2014 to below $8 per MBtu in early 2015, while in Japan the average price of imported liquefied natural gas (LNG), which is a weighted average of the long-term contracts and spot trading, declined from $16 per MBtu in mid-2014 to around $15 per MBtu in early 2015. Coal prices of in northwest Europe declined to around $60 per metric ton at the start of 2015 from $73 per metric ton in mid-2014, mostly due to the ongoing overcapacity in the region.

Get Industry Insights. Simply.

  • Latest reports & slideshows with insights from top research analysts
  • 150+ Million searchable statistics with tables, figures & datasets
  • More than 25,000 trusted sources
  • Single User License — provides access to the report by one individual.
  • Department License — allows you to share the report with up to 5 users
  • Site License — allows the report to be shared amongst all employees in a defined country
  • Corporate License — allows for complete access, globally.
Ahmad helps you find the right report:

The research specialist advised us on the best content for our needs and provided a great report and follow-up, thanks very much we shall look at ReportLinker in the future.

Kate Merrick

Global Marketing Manager at
Eurotherm by Schneider Electric

We were impressed with the support that ReportLinker’s research specialists’ team provided. The report we purchased was useful and provided exactly what we want.

Category Manager at

ReportLinker gave access to reliable and useful data while avoiding dispersing resources and spending too much time on unnecessary research.

Executive Director at
PwC Advisory

The customer service was fast, responsive, and 100% professional in all my dealings (...) If we have more research needs, I'll certainly prioritize working with ReportLinker!

Scott Griffith

Vice President Marketing at
Maurice Sporting Goods

The research specialist provided prompt, helpful instructions for accessing ReportLinker's product. He also followed up to make sure everything went smoothly and to ensure an easy transition to the next stage of my research

Jessica P Huffman

Research Associate at
American Transportation Research Institute

Excellent customer service. Very responsive and fast.

Director, Corporate Strategy at

I reached out to ReportLinker for a detailed market study on the Air Treatment industry. The quality of the report, the research specialist’s willingness to solve my queries exceeded my expectations. I would definitely recommend ReportLinker for in-depth industry information.

Mariana Mendoza

Global Platform Senior Manager at
Whirlpool Corporation

Thanks! I like what you've provided and will certainly come back if I need to do further research works.

Bee Hin Png

CEO at
LDR Pte Ltd

The research specialist advised us on the best content for our needs and provided a great report and follow-up, thanks very much we shall look at ReportLinker in the future.

Kate Merrick

Global Marketing Manager at
Eurotherm by Schneider Electric

  • How we can help
    • I am not sure if the report I am interested in will fulfill my needs. Can you help me?
    • Yes, of course. You can call us at +33(0) 4 37 65 17 03 or drop us an email at researchadvisor@reportlinker.com to let us know more about your requirements.
    • We buy reports often - can ReportLinker get me any benefits?
    • Yes. Set up a call with a Senior Research Advisor to learn more - researchadvisor@reportlinker.com or +33(0) 4 37 65 17 03.
    • I have had negative experiences with market research reports before. How can you avoid this from happening again?
    • We advise all clients to read the TOC and Summary and list your questions so that we can get more insight for you before you make any purchase decision. A research advisor will accompany you so that you can compare samples and reports from different sources, and choose the study that is right for you.

  • Report Delivery
    • How and when I will receive my Report?
    • Most reports are delivered right away in a pdf format, while others are accessed via a secure link and access codes. Do note that sometimes reports are sent within a 12 hour period, depending on the time zones. However, you can contact us to escalate this. Should you need a hard copy, you can check if this option is offered for the particular report, and pay the related fees.
  • Payment conditions
    • What payment methods do you accept?
      1. Credit card : VISA, American Express, Mastercard, or
      2. You can download an invoice to pay by wire transfer, check, or via a Purchase Order from your company, or
      3. You can pay via a Check made out in US Dollars, Euros, or British Pounds for the full amount made payable to ReportLinker
    • What are ReportLinker’s Payment Terms?
    • All payments must normally be submitted within 30 days. However, you can let us know if you need extended time.
    • Are Taxes and duties included?
    • All companies based in France must pay a 20% tax per report. The same applies to all individuals based in the EU. All EU companies must supply their VAT number when purchasing to avoid this charge.
    • I’m not satisfied. Can I be refunded?
    • No. Once your order has been processed and the publisher has received a notification to send you the report, we cannot issue any refund or cancel any order. As these are not ‘traditional’ products that can be returned, reports that are dispatched are considered to be ‘consumed’.
  • User license
    • The license that you should acquire depends on the number of persons that need to access the report. This can range from Single User (only one person will have the right to read or access the report), or Department License (up to 5 persons), to Site License (a group of persons based in the same company location), or Corporate License (the entire company personnel based worldwide). However, as publishers have different terms and conditions, we can look into this for you.
Purchase Reports From Reputable Market Research Publishers
Breakthrough Technologies Advancing The Future Of Alternative Fuels Production

Breakthrough Technologies Advancing The Future Of Alternative Fuels Production

  • $ 4950
  • December 2019

Title: Breakthrough Technologies Advancing the Future of Alternative Fuels ProductionAbstract: There is an increasing need for a substitute for fossil fuels to create a cleaner and more sustainable energy ...

Asia Pacific Biodegradable Plastic Market to 2027 - Regional Analysis and Forecasts by Type, End User, and Countries

Asia Pacific Biodegradable Plastic Market to 2027 - Regional Analysis and Forecasts by Type, End User, and Countries

  • $ 3000
  • October 2019

The Asia Pacific biodegradable plastic market is accounted to US$ 731.0 Mn in 2018 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 16.6% during the forecast period 2019 - 2027, to account to US$ 2,916.1 Mn by 2027. ...

Global Single-use Bioprocessing Industry

Global Single-use Bioprocessing Industry

  • $ 4950
  • October 2019

Single-use Bioprocessing market worldwide is projected to grow by US$6.4 Billion, driven by a compounded growth of 18.3%. Media Bags & Containers, one of the segments analyzed and sized in this study, ...


Reportlinker.com © Copyright 2020. All rights reserved.

ReportLinker simplifies how Analysts and Decision Makers get industry data for their business.

Make sure you don’t miss any news and follow us on