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Biobased Materials Head Toward Market

by Michael McCoy
March 25, 2013 | A version of this story appeared in Volume 91, Issue 12

Two makers of biobased materials are now turning out commercial chemicals and fuels. ZeaChem says it has produced commercial-grade cellulosic acetic acid, ethyl acetate, and ethanol at its 250,000-gal-per-year biorefinery in Boardman, Ore. The firm’s raw materials are locally grown trees and agricultural residue. In Columbus, Miss., KiOR says it has made initial shipments of cellulosic diesel from its 13 million-gal-per-year facility. The firm’s feedstock is pine wood chips that fed a now-closed paper mill.

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