Earn extra revenue from maize cobs. They are an ideal feedstock for (furfural) biorefineries.
(Image Credit: Xochiquetzal Fonseca/CIMMYT) A new project that aims to provide farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa with stress-tolerant maize varieties has been launched to help the region boost food security. The Stress Tolerant Maize for Africa (STMA) project will apply conventional breeding techniques to develop maize varieties and hybrids capable of resisting environmental shocks, including drought,…Read more African Smallholders to get Stress-Tolerant Maize
In Africa we recommend to use the cobs, only or indigenous energy crops. We also have smaller biorefinery solutions, like the µ-Biorefinery or the GreenEnergyPark, which have the same economic outcome as in the USA: Additional income for the farmers. The article below appeared on Energy.gov (US Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy): For…Read more Biorefineries Give Local Farmers Opportunities for Additional Income
Each job in the US bioeconomy adds 1.64 jobs in adjacent sectors. An economic impact analysis of the US biobased products industry showed that in 2013 4 million jobs and US$369bn were added to US economy. In Africa, we can expect an even higher job creation rate (See: GreenEnergyPark™ biorefinery). The following report was obtained…Read more Bioeconomy: $369bn and 4 Million Jobs Added to US Economy in 2013
GreenEnergyPark™: Empowering Africa's New Agricultural Economy DalinYebo's GreenEnergyPark™ will contribute to Africa's food security and create permanent rural jobs, because these small economic hubs are located in the centres of agricultural areas and its profits will flow back to the farming community. The anchor tenants of the GreenEnergyPark™ are a furfural biorefinery and an electricity co-generation…Read more Connecting-the-Dots™ of a New Agricultural Economy
Originally Published in the ECOreport. The biofuel industry has been enjoying a 19.6% annual growth since 2005. That is about to change. The World’s 53.2 billion gallon biofuel industry could grow to over 60 billion gallons during the next few years. Much of this will come from riskier next generation technologies. Approximately 65.9% of global…Read more The Non-Food Biofuel Sector Should Grow Significantly
The furfural industry makes natural fibre reinforced bioplastics (example: dalinyebo.com/item/456-new-green-materials) for the automotive industry. New developments of lightweight structural panels from natural fibres and furfural-derivatives are aimed at products for car and aircraft interiors.
Industry trend: high end compounds and fiber reinforced compounds gradually replace metal in automotive parts
Engineering plastics and thermoset materials have already succeeded in replacing metal in multiple markets. The key driver for this substitution is weight reduction and, consequently, lower fuel consumption for vehicles of all types.
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We suggest that some of the furfural by-products should be considered. There are a variety of avenues that lead to e.g. thermoset-resin-biofiber composites or high-temperature polymers.
Next breakthrough: carbon fiber from Biomass. En route to a totally sustainable airplane!
The Energy Department of the U.S.(DOE) recently announced up to $12 million in funding to advance the production of cost-competitive, high-performance carbon fiber material from renewable non-food-based feedstocks such as agricultural and forestry residues.
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The impact of these trends could see the furfural market grow to twice its current size. For Africa, biomass valorisation means food security and jobs (e.g. greenenergypark.co.za/bio-refining)!
The global bio-plastics industry is expected to witness significant growth and reach an estimated $7.02 billion by 2018
Lucintel, one of the leading global management consulting and market research firms, has just released a detailed analysis on the bio-plastics industry entitles “Global Bio-plastics Industry 2013-2018: Trend, Forecast, and Opportunity Analysis”.
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