Biomass Feedstocks for Petrochemical Markets: An Overview and Case Study

Silvio Flaim, Andrew Hill, Dan Lippe

    Research output: NRELTechnical Report


    A method of analysis is developed identifying several target chemicals for potential biomass feedstock substitution. An overview of the petroleum/petrochemical industries is presented and a general discussion of refinery trends. A case study of methanol production for formaldehyde manufacturing is presented. The technical, economic, and market implications of producing biomass-derived methanol for formaldehyde manufacturing appear highly favorable. The appendices provide general discussions of market and economic factors (e.g., supply and demand) for all petrochemicals with emphasis on the identified target chemicals.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages111
    StatePublished - 1981

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/TR-734-762


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