Biorefinery

Biorefinery

 
Creating sustainable societies through a biobased economy
Biobased for green growth
Most people know about biofuels and biogas, but fewer people know about bio-based chemicals, plastics and pharmaceuticals. In fact, most of the products we currently produce from oil and gas could be produced from biomass resources, and importantly from 2G biomass such as straw, algae, organic waste and wood residue.
 
Building blocks in a biobased society
The biorefinery process covers a wide range of technologies that enable the separation of biomass resources (agricultural residues, industry waste, etc.) into their building blocks (carbohydrates, proteins, fats, etc.), which can be converted to value-added products (chemicals/materials) and energy (biofuels, power, heat).
 
Denmark covers the entire biobased value chain
Denmark is at the forefront of biorefinery developments with companies and research institutions contributing to state-of-the art solutions within refining technologies, logistic handling and R&D. Denmark has the world’s highest utilisation of agricultural residues and R&D projects testing harvest, pre-processing and transportation techniques.

- Quick fact: Biomass resources include residual products such as straw, cornstalks, organic waste, wood chips and manure. 

- Quick fact: Refining 1 ton of straw generates a value of EUR 60-80 for electricity and heating / EUR 150 for refinement to biofuels (bioethanol) and EUR 400 for refinement to biochemicals (acrylic acid). 

- Quick fact: Demand for agricultural biomass and biorefineries is typically located in rural areas, spurring growth and jobs. 
 
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