LONDON, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ — The utilisation of second-generation bio feedstock, such as agricultural residue, forest residue and black liquor, is currently limited to power generation in combined heat and power (CHP) plants or regeneration units. Second-generation bio feedstock has been extensively researched in order to produce liquid fuels for transportation. Over time, technological advances are poised to make second-generation biofuels commercially viable.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (http://www.chemicals.frost.com), Worldwide Market Analysis of Second Generation Biofeedstock, finds that pre-treatment and gasification technologies are on the verge of making second-generation biofuels a commercial reality. Developments in the pre-treatment and gasification of bio-feedstock through discrete hydrolysis and fermentation and gasification and catalytic synthesis, respectively, have the potential to reduce the production costs of second-generation biofuels.

“The use of second-generation biofuels is expected to reduce the emission of green house gases, particularly carbon dioxide, from combustion engines by 80 to 85 per cent in comparison to conventional fossil fuels,” notes Frost & Sullivan Senior Research Analyst Phani Raj Kumar Chinthapalli. “The lifecycle emissions for second-generation biofuels are in the negative range, which implies consumption of carbon dioxide rather than emission.”

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