Evaluating synthesis gas based biomass to plastics
The study examines the technologies for
conversion of biomass to conventional polymers such as polyolefins. Such process
routes, based on gasification and syngas production, are potentially technically
feasible, since all process units are currently either commercially available or
in the pilot plant phase. In the study their economic and environmental
feasibility are evaluated.
The environmental attractiveness of this
emerging technology is evaluated using life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology.
Economic evaluation is performed by combining and adapting existing financial
data which could be further on being coupled with the LCA model.