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3:21 PM MDT | May 11, 2011 | —REBECCA COONS

Weighing Risk and Reward Interest in producing fuels and chemicals from renewable raw materials is at a fever pitch. Better microorganisms and advances in process development have brought the cost of several platforms down so much that the newly developed route is cheaper than counterparts produced in large, integrated petrochemical complexes. Large firms are investing in production and partnering with start-ups, and carefully weighing potential risks and rewards to identify and develop their best prospects. Major companies are increasingly bullish on renewable...

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Comments (4) for Renewables
This paragragh is not correct. " while biobased materials are forecast to grow about 18%/year, to 8.1 billion tons. However, Lux research shows that if large chemical corporations increased their participation and investment, this figure could grow at about 26%/year, to about 12 billion tons." billion should be replaced in million .
Posted by Upton Rao on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 @ 01:09 AM
You are absolutely right. Thank you for bringing that to my attention!
Posted by Rebecca Coons on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 @ 03:22 PM
Please note taht an important pipeline project is missing. It concerns the 75,000 mton Lactides plant of Purac which is under construction in Thailand. The Lactides products are used as raw material for PLA. See for the Press Release the following link: http://www.csmglobal.com/Corporate/Press/Press_Releases/CSM_TO_BUILD_LACTIDE_PLANT_IN_THAILAND.aspx
Posted by Lex Borghans on Monday, May 23, 2011 @ 04:39 AM
Thanks for pointing this out. I will make sure future versions of this table include the Purac project.
Posted by Lex on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 @ 02:03 PM

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