(C) Wolf G Kroner 2015 - Charles SandersonModeling conversion of woody biomass
at industrial scale

September 2015. Simulation of industrial-scale conversion of woody biomass into biochemicals or renewable fuels promises to optimize manufacturing. What is the role of experimental data? When is bioscience less desired than engineering? Which considerations turn an optimized microorganism into a second best choice? What can be learned in biomass conversion from scrambling eggs? Charles Sanderson is a chemical engineer specialized in modeling manufacturing processes in Renmatix, a joint venture by BASF, Waste Management and Total. He talks about challenges and lessons from Cargill or UPM aiming to exploit agro and forest biomass.

Insights from a rather novel business case of chemical companies building technology platforms which profitably allow to switch between fossil and renewable resources in order to produce traditional output.

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