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Biorefinery Applications: Global Markets

  • March 2014
  • 326 pages
  • BCC Research
Report ID: 2070049


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The global market for biorefinery applications reached $342.8 billion in 2012. This market is expected to reach $387 billion in 2013 and $700.7 billion in 2018 with a compound annual growth rate(CAGR) of 12.6%.

This report provides:

A complete techno-economic and environmental analysis of industrial biorefinery applications
Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2011, estimates for 2012, and projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) through 2017
Breakdowns of demand by applications, including industrial, safe food supply, transportation, healthcare industry, recreation, residential/housing, communication, and environment
Coverage of all biomass fractionation and conversion technologies
Forecasts for biomass conversion processes and equipment to produce fuels, power, and chemicals from biomass
Identification of feedstocks, chemical products, and transportation fuels
Evaluations of the prospects for biorefineries built on different "platforms," such as the "sugar platform," based on fermentation of sugars extracted from biomass feedstocks, versus the "syngas platform," based on thermochemical conversion processes
Detailed patent analysis and a research-and-development update
Comprehensive company profiles of major players in the industry.


BCC Research has completed a study on the demand for biorefinery applications. In industry, biorefineries employ the techniques of modern molecular biology to reduce the environmental impact of manufacturing.This BCC Research report investigates the key factors and issues that will influence the global demand for biorefinery applications over the next five years to 2018. It assesses the critical factors influencing demand such as public policy initiatives, compatibility and the interface with conventional refinery products. In addition to current and proposed production capacity, it presents a forecast of biorefinery applications in the global chemicals and energy markets for 2013 through 2018.

The objectives of this BCC Reserch report are, therefore:

Understanding the various biorefinery products and applications.
Understanding the importance of the biorefinery industry and where it fits in the economy.
Appreciating biomass resource availability.
Understanding the various types of technologies involved in biomass transformation.
Understanding the basic concepts, principles of operation and equipment used for biorefineries.
Understanding the basic structure of the biorefinery industry and its interaction with the hydrocarbon-based industry.
Understanding the typical operations and requirements for the establishment of the biorefinery platform.
Evaluating the results of regional diversification in biorefinery feedstocks and conversion technologies.
Quantifying the market and end use of biorefinery products.
Providing a critical evaluation of the current status of commercial biorefinery markets and how recent environmental legislation and breakthroughs in technology will make the use of biobased products competitive with established hydrocarbon-based platforms.


The use of biomass as raw material for bioproducts such as materials, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and energy has received significant worldwide attention during the last decade. Thus, 183 countries worldwide have signed and ratified the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which establishes a legal binding commitment for the reduction of four greenhouse gases: carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and sulphur hexafluoride. Conventional resources, mainly fossil fuels, are becoming limited because of the rapid increase in energy demand and population growth. This imbalance in energy demand and supply along with increased greenhouse gas emissions has placed immense pressure not only on consumer prices but also on the environment, prompting mankind to look for more sustainable energy and material resources. Biomass is one such environmentally friendly renewable resource from which various useful products can be generated for application in chemicals, materials, energy, medicine and fuels. A new system similar to a petroleum refinery is required to convert biomass into these value-added products. This system is known as a biorefinery.


In the new biobased economy of the 21st century, our access to rich, nonrenewable resources provides much less of a competitive advantage; however, the richness of our renewable resources puts us at the forefront of competitive potential. The world is changing, and we must adapt with it if we are to succeed in this new economy. This BCC Research Biorefinery Applications report is designed to satisfy the information required of anyone concerned with the development of agriculture, energy and fuels, including:
Technology management and personnel.
New business/development management and personnel.
Merchant project investors and developers.
Utility procurement personnel.
Green power marketers.
Generation asset owners looking to diversify their portfolios.
Energy market advisors.
New energy professionals.
Veteran energy professionals.
Attorneys and counsel to the energy industry.
Managers and directors of renewable energy.
Process engineers.
Chemical and biochemical engineers.
Agrochemicals producers.
Plant operations engineers.
Graduate engineers.
Chemists and technicians.
Soft commodity traders.
Venture capital investors.
Commodity brokers and analysts.
Biofuel producers.
Trade-commodity financiers.
Fund managers.
Biofuels technology and equipment suppliers.
Chemical manufactures.
Commodity inspection and surveyors.
Commodity exchanges.
Electricity generating companies.
Government officials and regulators.
Industry analysts.
Agricultural and feedstock suppliers.
Energy and environmental researchers.
Vegetable oil crushers and refiners.
Fuel marketers and distributors.
Automobile manufacturers.
Project developers.
Government experts from developed and developing countries.
Technology providers.
Verifiers, certifiers and validators.
Financial intermediaries (e.g., banks, insurance companies).
Brokers and traders interested in metering.
Persons in the sensor and monitoring markets.
Law firms.
Accounting and auditing firms.
Marketing managers.
Senior petrochemical executives.
Oil and gas majors.

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