Industrial Uses of Agricultural Materials Situation and Outlook Report (3)
by Lewrene Glaser
and Gregory Gajewski
Industrial Uses of Agricultural Materials Situation and Outlook Report No. (IUS -3) 52 pp, June 1994
Strong economic growth and environmental regulation boost industrial uses of agricultural materials. One use of cornstarch is in the production of citric acid, the main acidifier (by volume) used by the food and pharmaceutical industries. About 15 percent of the plasticizers produced in the United States is derived from plant matter, mostly vegetable oils, and the market is growing 3 to 5 percent a year. The market for epoxidized soybean oil may expand tremendously if it can be incorporated into paints and coatings to replace volatile solvents. A study found that the energetic and economic feasibility of converting beef tallow to biodiesel was generally positive. The cost of producing tallow-based biodiesel ranged from 92 cents to $1.67 per gallon, depending on the price of the tallow feedstock, the price received for the glycerine coproduct, and the type and size of the transesterification unit.
Keywords: industrial uses, agricultural materials, ethanol, citric acid, corn, fats, oils, tallow, plasticizers, biodiesel, engineered wood products, taxol, neem
In this publication...
- Contents, Acknowledgements, and Summary, 362 kb
- Introduction, 527 kb
- Current Macroeconomic and Industrial Outlook, 253 kb
- Starches and Sugars, 311 kb
- Fats and Oils, 404 kb
- Forest Products, 343 kb
- Specialty Plant Products, 194 kb
- Energetics and Economics of Producing Biodiesel From Beef Tallow Look Positive, 474 kb
- Opportunities for New Coproducts From Ethanol Production, 483 kb
- Appendix Tables, 705 kb
- Entire Document, 4,069 kb
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