Bio-Based Chemicals: Going Commercial

Feb 29, 2012

New Nexant Special Report Analyzes Renewable Resources and Feedstocks for Commercial Production

WHITE PLAINS, NY – Nexant, Inc. announced today the publication of Bio-Based Chemicals: Going Commercial, the newest title in its series of ChemSystems Special Reports.

During this era of high oil prices, carbon footprint and sustainability issues continue to dominate the news. In this volatile industry environment, many global chemical majors are aggressively seeking alternative feedstocks and products from renewable sources.

In Bio-Based Chemicals: Going Commercial, Nexant experts have surveyed and analyzed the announced bio-based resource projects—and capacities—for developing novel routes to commercial chemical production.  The report also includes a risk-adjusted capacity forecast that covers the years 2012 to 2015.

For chemical producers, biotech developers, and investors looking for new ways to enhance their business, Nexant’s report provides independent, unbiased assessments that enable industry participants to evaluate the latest renewable resource and feedstock technologies. The report analyzes the available technologies for producing commodity polymers via renewable resources; investigates alternative feedstock routes and feedstock sources; and provides an economic comparison of conventional and alternative routes to commodity polymers. Because chemicals and intermediates produced from biological feedstocks have the potential to significantly supplement future petroleum feedstocks, the report also calculates those substitution potentials based on announced, risk-adjusted capacities.
Key subject areas covered in Bio-Based Chemicals: Going Commercial include:

  • Alcohols, including methanol, butanols, diols, etc.

  • Cellulosic sugars

  • Acids, including adipic acid, acrylic acid, succinic acid, acetic acid, etc.

  • Isoprenoids, including isoprene and farnesene

  • Olefins including C2, C3, and C4s

  • Aromatics,  including BTX, para-xylene, and  PTA

  • Others, including ammonia, etc.


For the report’s three-year risk-adjusted capacity forecast (to 2015), a number of critical factors were considered to gauge the probability of success for any given project, including:

  • Partnerships

  • Technology complexity

  • Funding

  • Construction status


Bio-Based Chemicals: Going Commercial is available immediately.  For more information on this and other Nexant reports, please visit:, or contact Ron Cascone at or Steven Slome at