Campus Units

Mechanical Engineering, Bioeconomy Institute (BEI)

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Submitted Manuscript

Publication Date

3-2017

Journal or Book Title

Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining

Volume

11

Issue

2

First Page

363

Last Page

372

DOI

10.1002/bbb.1747

Abstract

The growth of the bioeconomy has recently been slowed by over production of petroleum and natural gas from unconventional domestic reserves, which has reduced demand for biofuels. In the longer term, liquid transportation fuels, both petroleum- and bio-based, are threatened by electrification of the transportation sector, which will benefit from the use of low-cost natural gas to generate electricity for battery electric vehicles. Low-cost natural gas in the USA is attractive for other applications as well, including the production of certain petrochemicals. On the other hand, natural gas is not suitable for producing many high molecular weight petrochemicals. Cost-competitive biorenewable versions of these products will need to be commercialized if petroleum is to be displaced without causing substantial economic distortions. This article reviews the available bio-based pathways and the current state of research on their technical and, where available, economic feasibility.

Comments

This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Brown, Tristan R., and Robert C. Brown. "What role for the bioeconomy in an electrified transportation sector?" Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining 11, no. 2 (March/April 2017):363-372, , which has been published in final form at 10.1002/bbb.1747. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

Society of Chemical Industry and John Wiley & Sons, Ltd

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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