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Furfural from Corncobs Corncobs are used for about 70% of the global furfural production.

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Furfural from Corncobs

Corncobs are used for about 70% of the global furfural production. They are harvested over a ±3months period and then stockpiled to supply the biorefinery for the balance of the year.

It used to be a cheap feedstock in China, which lead to the closure of all the furfural plants in the USA. This has now changed: Cob prices in China are now at levels that they used to be in the USA in the 1990s. There are many technical and agricultural reasons why cobs are a good feedstock choice. We have previously reported:

 Removal of cobs does not affect the soil health.

 Modern, on-the-go single-pass harvesting systems allow large-scale collection of cobs.

 Co-harvesting of corncobs makes sense e.g. for small scale farmers (in Africa and elsewhere).

 Images on cob harvest, transport and cob storage.

 FOR OUR CLIENTS: Also see updated article on how the pricing of furfural works in China.


About Biomass & Furfural

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This article is part of a series on “biomass for furfural” production, which provides our clients with updates and analysis on the fundamentals and competitiveness of a variety of feedstock.

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