It is very green, as long as you turn it into value-added products (like furfural or Hydrogen/Biochar), as opposed to just burning it!
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100 years ago, the first commercial production of furfural started in the USA.
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Keep it simple! Making furfural is not rocket science.
It’s all about the integrating furfural production into the mass and energy balance of a pulp or sugar mill,
The total operating cost (raw materials, utilities, fixed costs and depreciation costs) estimated to produce PEF was about $2,700/ton in Q2 2015.
However, bio-degradation of PET will result in breakdown products such as methane or (at best, if methane is recovered/converted to) CO2, the so called Greenhouse Gases, which in this case a derived from oil.
Why not from furfural? 1,4 butanediol, commonly known as BDO has been made in the past from furfural.
Market Report (2018-2024)
PET recycling is important, but all polyesters must be made from sugars (rather sooner than later)
Faster hydrogenation of furfural to furfuryl alcohol (in water!).
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