Companies included in this sector normally have idle periods and equipment compatibility to implement the IBLC concept related to the production of biofuels for the energy market. These installations commonly work with straws, corn stalks or other herbaceous agricultural ‘residues’ to produce some of their products so that they are used to this type of raw materials. Incorporating the logistics of additional materials, producing suitable pellets for the energy market demands (quality and price) and including the logistics related to its distribution to a supplier or to the final users seems to be an interesting alternative to be deeply explored.
Furthermore, granulated materials produced could be used as an interesting input for biobased chemicals & materials initiatives. Bioplastics, levulinic acid, lactic acid, etc., are different alternatives that could be exploited by means of using densified herbaceous residues as raw material. In this case, the implementation of the IBLC concept to produce these intermediates seems to be more attractive for the stakeholders than implementing the whole business line.
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