In the near future, biorefineries will become yet a third major component of many integrated paper industry manufacturing facilities, together with chemical and mechanical pulp mills and the papermaking operation. Today’s modern pulp and paper mills are already maximizing the use of cellulosic raw materials in the production of paper and board products, but advanced biofuel technologies are now nearing full commercial implementation. Within the next three to five years, an estimated 25% of mills in North America will be producing at least some volume of second-generation biofuels, from ethanol to synthesis gases (syngas) and a spectrum of further-processed motor fuels, as well as biodiesel and a broad array of bioproducts. This percentage is expected to at least double during the ensuing decade. The scenario is similar in Europe, Scandinavia, and other parts of the world where fuel demand and escalating costs are pushing investments in alternative fuels to record levels.
Established as a community to explore the advancement and application of biorefinery technologies, the Biorefinery Committee holds several conference calls a year. Four new subcommittees have been formed to allow greater focus on specific areas within the biorefinery/bioenergy arena. These committees meet annually at the International Bioenergy and Bioproducts Conference. These committees work to develop the IBBC programming each year. In addition, activities are planned to support the technical and broader industry community as this topic advances.
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