LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--According to the latest market study released by Technavio, the global cellulosic ethanol market is expected to reach USD 18.01 billion by 2021, growing at a CAGR of more than 45%.
This research report titled ‘Global Cellulosic Ethanol Market 2017-2021’ provides an in-depth analysis of the market in terms of revenue and emerging market trends. This market research report also includes up to date analysis and forecasts for various market segments and all geographical regions.
Cellulosic ethanol has high economic importance as a biofuel and is a potential alternative to fossil fuel. Its large-scale production and distribution have been started in several developed countries such as the US, Germany, Brazil, France, and Italy. The main types of feedstock used in the production of cellulosic ethanol are wood and grass, which are not used for human consumption. Some of the cellulosic grasses and trees are switchgrass, miscanthus, prairie grasses, reed canary grass, poplar, mesquite, willow, and shrub willow.
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Technavio’s chemicals and materials research analysts categorize the global cellulosic ethanol market into the following segments by feedstock. They are:
- Energy crops
- Agricultural residues
- Organic MSW
- Forest residues
The top three feedstock segments for the global cellulosic ethanol market are discussed below:
Energy crops are used to produce cellulosic ethanol and other biofuels. These are non-food crops, which require low cost and lesser maintenance to produce. Typically, energy crops can be segmented into two subcategories: Woody and herbaceous. Herbaceous energy crops mainly include grasses such as Arundo donax, Andropogon gerardii, Miscanthus giganteus, Panicum virgatum or switchgrass, elephant grass, and sweet sorghum. Woody energy crops are fast-growing trees such as poplar, sweetgum, silver maple, black locust, eucalyptus, and willow.
According to Ajay Adhikari, a lead bio-chemicals and bio-materials research analyst from Technavio, “Woody energy crops generally grow at an approximate speed of 9-11 feet in a year and reach nearly 70-85 feet in 8-10 years. They produce 2%-10% more wood biomass per acre in comparison with the natural forest trees. The increasing requirement of biomass to produce renewable fuels and growing awareness to minimize greenhouse gas and carbon emission are expected to boost the demand for energy crops as a biofuel feedstock.”
Agricultural residues are one of the key feedstocks to produce cellulosic ethanol. Various agricultural wastes, by-products, and processing residues such as straw of grain crops, chaff, husks, bagasse, cobs, roots, stalks, and stubble are commonly used as feedstock. Wheat, maize, rice, and sugarcane are the some of the major crops that generate the majority of the lignocellulosic feedstock in the agricultural sector.
“Rice farming largely produces leaf sheaths, leaf blades, stems, and the panicle remnants. Residues of rice plants are abundant for cellulosic ethanol production. APAC is the largest producer of rice straw and holds more than 90% of the production share,” says Ajay.
Organic MSW is an abundant and economical feedstock to produce cellulosic ethanol. It is helpful for municipalities and the cellulosic ethanol producers. It largely reduces the cost of the municipal agencies, which is mainly incurred in collection, treatment, and disposal of organic MSW. It also helps biofuel producers by providing them a sustainable continuous source of organic feedstock.
Organic MSW largely includes discarded wood parts, food, paper, and garden waste. It is beneficial for cellulosic ethanol producers as municipalities supply it either for free or at minimal cost as an alternative to the landfill costings. The low feedstock cost directly reduces the overall cost of the product.
The top vendors highlighted by Technavio’s research analysts in this report are:
- Beta Renewables
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