In a Petroleum Market, ‘Triple Play’ Could Be a Game-changer for Biomass

In a Petroleum Market, ‘Triple Play’ Could Be a Game-changer for Biomass

Silke Schmidt
May 19, 2017

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Technologies for converting non-edible biomass into chemicals and fuels traditionally made from petroleum exist aplenty. But when it comes to attracting commercial interest, these technologies compete financially with a petroleum-based production pipeline that has been perfected over the course of decades.

Winning that competition, or at least leveling the economic playing field, requires a giant-leap forward. And by developing a new process for obtaining not one, but three high-value products from biomass in one fell swoop, University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers and their collaborators have now made that leap.