Next Generation Biofuels
Next generation biofuels, also known as advanced biofuels, refer to any type of biofuel that has been made by a novel method, leading to a better product as compared to a current biofuel. The present second, third and fourth generations of biofuels are also all known as next generation biofuels.
Next generation biofuels are being favored over first generation biofuels nowadays because of the better environmental impact they are supposed to have and also because they use non-food feedstock. As advances are made in technology, next generation biofuels are surely going to increase in use as compared to first generation biofuels.
Next generation biofuels can be produced from agricultural residues, waste, non-food cellulosic biomass, algae, and from crops grown on marginal land. Next generation biofuels are said to mitigate climate change as they allow for reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases. Apart from this, these advanced biofuels are also lowering the pressure on food crops as next generation biofuels are produced from non-food feedstock and agricultural residues.
Already several companies are investing in bringing next generation biofuels to the market. However, production costs remain quite high and the efficiency of biomass to biofuels conversion needs improvement in the future. Furthermore, the cost of biomass transportation also needs to be reduced before next generation biofuels become commonly used.
Taiyou Research analyzes the lucrative and growing market for advanced biofuels in its research report Next Generation Biofuels. The report covers the following:
Divided into 8 sections, the report is a comprehensive analysis of not just next generation biofuels, but also first and second generation biofuels.
Section 1 is an introduction to biofuels wherein we cover the basics of biofuels such as how to make biofuels, uses of biofuels, types of biofuels, ethanol and biodiesel markets, the pros and cons of biofuels, a market overview of the global biofuels industry, a comparison between biofuels and fossil fuels and a look at the future demand for biofuels and biomass.
The impact of biofuels on the environment, economy, engines, and on rural development is analyzed.
An analysis of first generation biofuels is included followed by a profile of liquid biofuels such as bioalcohols, biodiesel, bioethers, green diesel and vegetable oil.
An analysis of solid biofuels such as biomass pellets, char and wood fuel.
An analysis of gas biofuels such as biogas, biopropane, synthetic natural gas and syngas.
Section 2 is an introduction to next generation biofuels analyzed what they are, technology development, advantages and the challenges facing the development of next generation biofuels.
Using renewable feedstocks for biofuels is analyzed.
An analysis of lignocellulosic biofuels is conduction through single molecule fuels and mixture of fuels.
We look at the technological considerations for next generation biofuels such as production methods, lignocellulosic bioethanol, synthetic biofuels, biohydrogen, biogas, and other factors are considered.
Biomass potential in the world is analyzed.
Section 3 of the report analyzes second generation biofuels through basics such as technologies used for second generation biofuels, conversion routes used, composition of biomass including cellulose, hemicellulose, lignin, and other components are analyzed.
A look at the impact of the economic recession on the market for second generation biofuels.
Feedstocks used for second generation biofuels are analyzed. Feedstocks included are bioethanol, black liquor, energy crops, gas biomatter, and green waste.
Technologies used in the production of second generation biofuels such as biochemistry, co-current fixed bed, entrained flow gasifier, fluidized bed reactor, etc.
An analysis of the different types of second generation biofuels as well as factors driving growth of this market.
An analysis of the market for lignocellulosic biofuels through their potential, feasibility to produce fuels from lignocellulosic biomass, types of biofuels produced from lignocellulosic biomass, conversion processes of biomass to fuel, and other factors are analyzed.
An analysis of lignocellulosic ethanol through the purpose of pre-treatment, importance of size reduction, purpose of hydrolysis, fermentation, distillation, process integration and challenges facing the market.
An analysis of synthetic biofuels through the process of gasification, components of product gas, necessity of gas cleaning, pathways for fuel synthesis, and other factors are analyzed.
An analysis of biohydrogen through production technologies, thermochemical gasification, fast pyrolysis, other gasification processes, and comparison of different process routes for hydrogen production are looked at.
A look at the role of biorefineries.
How to sustain second generation biofuels in developing countries.
An analysis of second generation biofuels, greenhouse gas emissions and the overall impact on the environment.
Second generation biofuels and genetic engineering and synthetic biology for second generation biofuels are analyzed.
Commercial investment in second generation biofuels is looked at.
Transitioning from first generation biofuels to second generation biofuels along with case studies sums up section 3 of the report.
Section 4 of the report analyzes second generation biofuels by country. We analyze each market by production of first generation biofuels in the country, national policy targets for biofuels, types of lignocellulosic feedstock, the market for second generation biofuels, economic and ecological impact and a SWOT analysis of the second generation biofuels market.
Markets analyzed include Brazil, China, India, Mexico, South Africa and Thailand.
Moving to section 5 of the report, we analyze the global market for third generation biofuels - that is Algal Fuels.
Basics of algal fuels is analyzed and we also look at using algae as an energy source.
Producing biological hydrogen from algae is analyzed.
Investment in the industry and market analysis of algal fuels in the US and Europe along with corporate development follows.
Using algae for transport and power generation is analyzed along with fuel production from algae.
Pros and cons facing fuel production from algae is looked at.
Technology behind third generation biofuels such as biological concepts, algae production, biodiesel production from algae, extraction of algal oil, etc. are analyzed in the report.
Section 6 deals with fourth generation biofuels.
Section 7 is an analysis of the major players in the industry and there is a total of 95 companies analyzed in this report.
Section 8 is the Concluding chapter of the report and here we look at some case studies such as Producing Wood Ethanol in Canada, Producing Biofuels with High- Efficiency, Life Cycle Assessment of Biofuels, an Appendix and a Glossary.