New generation of high energy density biofuels: ‘Furanics’

Fuels with superior economics and properties in comparison to current biofuels

Surcrose (Image: biopact.com)

Next Generation Biofuel based on the furan molecule

26 October 2007: Royal Dutch Shell spin-off Avantium has announced results of the first engine tests of a next generation of biofuels it calls ‘Furanics’. Avantium targets the development of fuels with superior economics and properties in comparison to current biofuels. The fuels which are being developed can be derived from carbohydrates (sugars). Moreover, the production technique can also be used to make starting chemicals for bio-based plastics, and bulk and specialty chemicals.

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