Evaluating synthesis gas based biomass to plastics (BTP) technologies

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.