If You Build It, They Will Come: Biofuels Industry Sees Renewable Chemicals as New Strategy

To create additional value in the biobased economy, companies and investors are turning toward the production of renewable chemicals and products. They argue that in prioritizing higher-value chemicals and products, advanced biofuels will follow.  The biofuels sector may soon turn the ‘fuels and co-products’ model on its head, with higher value chemicals being the focus, and fuels becoming the co-product.  Such a move would mirror the production model of petroleum refineries – where fuels are the loss-leader and chemicals are the real revenue producers.

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