Market demand for materials, chemicals and energy

The shift to a biobased economy will increase the demand for biomass. An accurate estimate of the demand for biobased chemicals and biobased materials and the type of biomass that will be needed for biorefining processes is crucial for planning. Wageningen Food & Biobased Research can provide the insight you need in these areas.

Micro and macro level

The demand for biomass plays an important role both at the micro level, in companies, and at the macro level, within different regions and continents. Wageningen Food & Biobased Research has experience in estimating the potential demand for new applications and the use of different types of biomass at micro and macro levels.

Studies on biomass needs

Wageningen Food & Biobased Research has conducted various studies to investigate the current and future biomass needs of the chemical industry in a biobased economy. The current state of affairs in established industrial companies has been mapped, as have start-ups in the field of green building blocks for biobased plastics. One study looked at the production of lactic acid from lignocellulosic biomass for the purpose of producing biobased plastic polylactic acid or PLA. This is currently one of the most described and studied cases among the new biobased developments,.

Understanding feasibility

It is often difficult for companies and governments to make an accurate estimate of process costs within the biobased economy, as a lot of data on this type of production is not public. Thanks to its studies on biomass needs and the current state of affairs in the industry, Wageningen Food & Biobased Research can provide insight into the feasibility of specific business cases.