Biomass: Alternative Feedstocks for Fuels, Chemicals & Polymers Originally delivered May 17, 2010 Developed by: Metro New York Local Section Type: Archived WebinarLevel: Intermediate Duration: 1 hour PDHs: 1.00 Share This Post: Preview Webinar: Biomass by its definition is a renewable energy source, derived from plants and organisms that can be converted into fuel for energy, chemicals and polymers. Although fossil fuels do come from very ancient biomass sources, they are not considered biomass because they contain carbon that has been 'out' of the carbon cycle for a very long time. Therefore, fossil fuel emissions such as CO2 or CO are “additive” to the overall content of atmospheric carbon gases and considered by many as an environmental problem. Examples of fuels derived from biomass include wood chips, methane, ethanol and bio-diesel, which are currently used to supplement the use of fossil fuels. Outside of the fuels markets, the global chemical industry, including polymers is estimated to exceed $3 trillion in sales. As a sub-sector of all chemicals produced, there are literally hundreds of biomass derived chemicals including bio-ethylene, propanediol, various polyols, surfactants and many types of specialties for personal care industry. There are also many types of biomass derived polymers, such as bio-polyethylene, polylactic acid (PLA), polyhydroxy alkanoate (PHA), epoxy resins, alkyd resins, regenerated cellulosics and many more. Economically attractive biomass conversion, and therefore successful monetization of biomass feedstock and its derivatives, are partly based on the competitive price point ‘set’ by competitive fossil fuels and derivatives, laws that promote biomass conversion and the public’s interest to consume so-called “green” products. Therefore, competitive technology and raw material sourcing will be key ingredients in achieving success in bio-derivatives. This presentation provides a high-level review of the current trends in technology and markets for biomass feedstocks and the future outlook. It focuses on the integrated value chain for chemicals and polymers. It is part of the Metro NY Section's 'Biomass as a Feedstock' Miniconference presented on May 17, 2010. Presenter(s): Howard Blum Howard Blum is a highly competent business professional, with over 20 years of international business experience in the chemical and polymer industries, as well as the biorenewable materials sector. He has developed successful entry strategies for new products and technology, performed competitive assessments and market research analysis, examined displacement of traditional products by new technology, assessed M&A candidates and assisted in the implementation of new business approaches and strategies for US and international clients in Asia & Europe. Mr. Blum is a graduate...Read more Once the content has been viewed and you have attested to it, you will be able to download and print a certificate for PDH credits. If you have already viewed this content, please click here to login. Checkout Checkout Do you already own this? Log In for instructions on accessing this content. Pricing AIChE Member Credits 0.75 AIChE Members $99.00 AIChE Undergraduate Student Members Free AIChE Graduate Student Members Free Non-Members $129.00 Webinar content is available with the kind permission of the author(s) solely for the purpose of furthering AIChE’s mission to educate, inform and improve the practice of professional chemical engineering. All other uses are forbidden without the express consent of the author(s).