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CIGR Handbook of Agricultural Engineering, Volume V Energy and Biomass Engineering, Chapter 3 Biomass Engineering, Part 3.5 Biomass Feedstocks, Part 3.5.3 Chemical Ingredients from Biomass

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Citation:  CIGR Handbook of Agricultural Engineering, Volume V Energy and Biomass Engineering, Chapter 3 Biomass Engineering, Part 3.5 Biomass Feedstocks, Part 3.5.3 Chemical Ingredients from Biomass, pp 310-322.  .(doi:10.13031/2013.36425)
Authors:   V. Vidrich, M. Michelozzi
Keywords:   Section Headings: Chemicals from Pyrolysis, Gasification, Hydrogenolysis, Hydrolysis, Glucose and Its Derivatives, Chemicals from Other Conversion Processes, Chemicals from Extractives, Utilization of Foliage and Small Branches for Fodder and Chemicals

First paragraph: Vegetal biomass is not only a source of energy and a unique resource for various chemicals but also the only renewable carbon source in space and in time. During this era of petrochemicals, almost all chemicals are produced from petroleum and natural gas, and only modest quantities are still obtained from wood, and most of them as by-products of the pulp and paper industry. In a world of diminishing resources it is expected that, in the future, vegetal biomass will have a major role in contributing chemicals to the raw material needs of industry and advances in biomass conversion technology will offer a greater range of higher-quality products to successive generations.

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