The expense of capital and operations still largely limit bio-based materials and chemicals to a few facilities located where corn and cane are plentiful and cheap. If not just individual factories, but the entire green chemicals industry is to scale up, the industry needs to cultivate greater volumes of cheap, local biomass, convert a wider range of feedstocks like waste and cellulosic material to intermediates, and process those intermediates into higher-value chemicals. This report models cost drivers in gasification, enzymatic hydrolysis of cellulosics, and algae cultivation to find opportunities where new technologies can turn them to profit.
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