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Biocore, a biorefinery concept

Today, concerns linked to climate change and Europe’s excessive dependency on petrol are providing the driving force for the move towards the diversification of energetic resources and for the use of renewable carbon. In this regard, biomass is unique, because it is the only natural resource that can satisfy both needs, providing feedstock for biofuel production and for the manufacture of chemicals and materials.

 

The EU project BIOCORE will conceive and analyse the industrial feasibility of a biorefinery concept that will allow the conversion of cereal by-products (straws etc), forestry residues and short rotation woody crops into a wide spectrum of products including 2nd generation biofuels, chemical intermediates, polymers and materials. Through the development of a range of polymer building blocks, BIOCORE will show how 70% of today’s polymers can be derived from biomass.