Develop innovative single-step processes for conversion of a biomass feedstock into multiple readily usable intermediate streams (RIA)
Specific challenge: Due to the nature of most bio-based feedstocks, industry often faces a situation in which just a fraction of the feedstock is converted into a main product. The other fractions are discarded or routed through subsequent cascading steps to recover or produce useful compounds. These cascading operations allow for the recovery of useful materials, but require high capital and operating expenses.
The specific challenge of this topic is to achieve single-step technologies able to make biomass fractions and/or first conversion products available.
Identifier: BBI 2018.SO2.R5