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The Global Market for Biofuels to 2033

November 2022 | 230 pages | ID: GFBE2673C121EN
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Renewable energy sources can be converted directly into biofuels. There has been a huge growth in the production and usage of biofuels as substitutes for fossil fuels. Due to the declining reserve of fossil resources as well as environmental concerns, and essential energy security, it is important to develop renewable and sustainable energy and chemicals.

The use of biofuels manufactured from plant-based biomass as feedstock would reduce fossil fuel consumption and consequently the negative impact on the environment. Renewable energy sources cover a broad raw material base, including cellulosic biomass (fibrous and inedible parts of plants), waste materials, algae, and biogas.

The Global Market for Biofuels covers biobased fuels, bio-diesel, renewable diesel, sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs), biogas, electrofuels (e-fuels), green ammonia based on utilization of:
  • First-Generation Feedstocks (food-based) e.g. Waste oils including used cooking oil, animal fats, and other fatty acids.
  • Second-Generation Feedstocks (non-food based) e.g. Lignocellulosic wastes and residues, Energy crops, Agricultural residues, Forestry residues, Biogenic fraction of municipal and industrial waste.
  • Third-Generation Feedstocks e.g. algal biomass
  • Fourth-Generation Feedstocks e.g. genetically modified (GM) algae and cyanobacteria.
Report contents include:
  • Market trends and drivers.
  • Market challenges.
  • Biofuels costs, now and estimated to 2033.
  • Biofuel consumption to 2033.
  • Market analysis including key players, end use markets, production processes, costs, production capacities, market demand for biofuels, bio-jet fuels, biodiesel, biobased alcohol fuels, renewable diesel, biogas, electrofuels, green ammonia and other relevant technologies.
  • Production and synthesis methods.
  • Biofuel industry developments and investments 2020-2022.
  • 119 company profiles including BTG Bioliquids, Byogy Renewables, Caphenia, Enerkem, Infinium. Eni S.p.A., Ensyn, FORGE Hydrocarbons Corporation, Fulcrum Bioenergy, Genecis Bioindustries, Gevo, Haldor Topsoe, Opera Bioscience, Steeper Energy, SunFire GmbH, Vertus Energy and many more.


2.1 Market drivers
2.2 Market challenges
2.3 Liquid biofuels market 2020-2033, by type and production



4.1 The global biofuels market
  4.1.1 Diesel substitutes and alternatives
  4.1.2 Gasoline substitutes and alternatives
4.2 Comparison of biofuel costs 2022, by type
4.3 Types
  4.3.1 Solid Biofuels
  4.3.2 Liquid Biofuels
  4.3.3 Gaseous Biofuels
  4.3.4 Conventional Biofuels
  4.3.5 Advanced Biofuels
4.4 Feedstocks
  4.4.1 First-generation (1-G)
  4.4.2 Second-generation (2-G) Lignocellulosic wastes and residues Biorefinery lignin
  4.4.3 Third-generation (3-G) Algal biofuels
  4.4.4 Fourth-generation (4-G)
  4.4.5 Advantages and disadvantages, by generation


5.1 Biodiesel
  5.1.1 Biodiesel by generation
  5.1.2 Production of biodiesel and other biofuels Pyrolysis of biomass Vegetable oil transesterification Vegetable oil hydrogenation (HVO) Biodiesel from tall oil Fischer-Tropsch BioDiesel Hydrothermal liquefaction of biomass CO2 capture and Fischer-Tropsch (FT) Dymethyl ether (DME)
  5.1.3 Global production and consumption
5.2 Renewable diesel
  5.2.1 Production
  5.2.2 Global consumption
5.3 Bio-jet (bio-aviation) fuels
  5.3.1 Description
  5.3.2 Global market
  5.3.3 Production pathways
  5.3.4 Costs
  5.3.5 Biojet fuel production capacities
  5.3.6 Challenges
  5.3.7 Global consumption ]
5.4 Syngas
5.5 Biogas and biomethane
  5.5.1 Feedstocks


6.1 Biomethanol
  6.1.1 Methanol-to gasoline technology Production processes
6.2 Bioethanol
  6.2.1 Technology description
  6.2.2 1G Bio-Ethanol
  6.2.3 Ethanol to jet fuel technology
  6.2.4 Methanol from pulp & paper production
  6.2.5 Sulfite spent liquor fermentation
  6.2.6 Gasification Biomass gasification and syngas fermentation Biomass gasification and syngas thermochemical conversion
  6.2.7 CO2 capture and alcohol synthesis
  6.2.8 Biomass hydrolysis and fermentation Separate hydrolysis and fermentation Simultaneous saccharification and fermentation (SSF) Pre-hydrolysis and simultaneous saccharification and fermentation (PSSF) Simultaneous saccharification and co-fermentation (SSCF) Direct conversion (consolidated bioprocessing) (CBP)
  6.2.9 Global ethanol consumption
6.3 Biobutanol
  6.3.1 Production


7.1 Plastic pyrolysis
7.2 Used tires pyrolysis
  7.2.1 Conversion to biofuel


8.1 Introduction
  8.1.1 Benefits of e-fuels
8.2 Feedstocks
  8.2.1 Hydrogen electrolysis
  8.2.2 CO2 capture
8.3 Production
8.4 Electrolysers
  8.4.1 Commercial alkaline electrolyser cells (AECs)
  8.4.2 PEM electrolysers (PEMEC)
  8.4.3 High-temperature solid oxide electrolyser cells (SOECs)
8.5 Direct Air Capture (DAC)
  8.5.1 Technologies
  8.5.2 Markets for DAC
  8.5.3 Costs
  8.5.4 Challenges
  8.5.5 Companies and production
  8.5.6 CO2 capture from point sources
8.6 Costs
8.7 Market challenges
8.8 Companies


9.1 Technology description
9.2 Production


10.1 Production
  10.1.1 Decarbonisation of ammonia production
  10.1.2 Green ammonia projects
10.2 Green ammonia synthesis methods
  10.2.1 Haber-Bosch process
  10.2.2 Biological nitrogen fixation
  10.2.3 Electrochemical production
  10.2.4 Chemical looping processes
10.3 Blue ammonia
  10.3.1 Blue ammonia projects
10.4 Markets and applications
  10.4.1 Chemical energy storage Ammonia fuel cells
  10.4.2 Marine fuel
10.5 Costs
10.6 Estimated market demand
10.7 Companies and projects




Table 1. Market drivers for biofuels.
Table 2. Market challenges for biofuels.
Table 3. Liquid biofuels market 2020-2033, by type and production.
Table 4. Industry developments in biofuels 2020-2022.
Table 5. Comparison of biofuel costs (USD/liter) 2022, by type.
Table 6. Categories and examples of solid biofuel.
Table 7. Comparison of biofuels and e-fuels to fossil and electricity.
Table 8. Classification of biomass feedstock.
Table 9. Biorefinery feedstocks.
Table 10. Feedstock conversion pathways.
Table 11. First-Generation Feedstocks.
Table 12. Lignocellulosic ethanol plants and capacities.
Table 13. Comparison of pulping and biorefinery lignins.
Table 14. Commercial and pre-commercial biorefinery lignin production facilities and processes
Table 15. Operating and planned lignocellulosic biorefineries and industrial flue gas-to-ethanol.
Table 16. Properties of microalgae and macroalgae.
Table 17. Yield of algae and other biodiesel crops.
Table 18. Advantages and disadvantages of biofuels, by generation.
Table 19. Biodiesel by generation.
Table 20. Biodiesel production techniques.
Table 21. Summary of pyrolysis technique under different operating conditions.
Table 22. Biomass materials and their bio-oil yield.
Table 23. Biofuel production cost from the biomass pyrolysis process.
Table 24. Properties of vegetable oils in comparison to diesel.
Table 25. Main producers of HVO and capacities.
Table 26. Example commercial Development of BtL processes.
Table 27. Pilot or demo projects for biomass to liquid (BtL) processes.
Table 28. Global biodiesel consumption, 2010-2033 (M litres/year).
Table 29. Global renewable diesel consumption, to 2033 (M litres/year).
Table 30. Advantages and disadvantages of biojet fuel
Table 31. Production pathways for bio-jet fuel.
Table 32. Current and announced biojet fuel facilities and capacities.
Table 33. Global bio-jet fuel consumption to 2033 (Million litres/year).
Table 34. Biogas feedstocks.
Table 35. Comparison of biogas, biomethane and natural gas.
Table 36. ?Processes in bioethanol production.
Table 37. Microorganisms used in CBP for ethanol production from biomass lignocellulosic.
Table 38. Ethanol consumption 2010-2033 (million litres).
Table 39. Applications of e-fuels, by type.
Table 40. Overview of e-fuels.
Table 41. Benefits of e-fuels.
Table 42. Main characteristics of different electrolyzer technologies.
Table 43. Advantages and disadvantages of DAC.
Table 44. DAC companies and technologies.
Table 45. Markets for DAC.
Table 46. Cost estimates of DAC.
Table 47. Challenges for DAC technology.
Table 48. DAC technology developers and production.
Table 49. Market challenges for e-fuels.
Table 50. E-fuels companies.
Table 51. Green ammonia projects (current and planned).
Table 52. Blue ammonia projects.
Table 53. Ammonia fuel cell technologies.
Table 54. Market overview of green ammonia in marine fuel.
Table 55. Summary of marine alternative fuels.
Table 56. Estimated costs for different types of ammonia.
Table 57. Main players in green ammonia.
Table 58. Granbio Nanocellulose Processes.


Figure 1. Liquid biofuel production and consumption (in thousands of m3), 2000-2021.
Figure 2. Distribution of global liquid biofuel production in 2021.
Figure 3. Diesel and gasoline alternatives and blends.
Figure 4. Schematic of a biorefinery for production of carriers and chemicals.
Figure 5. Hydrolytic lignin powder.
Figure 6. Regional production of biodiesel (billion litres).
Figure 7. Flow chart for biodiesel production.
Figure 8. Global biodiesel consumption, 2010-2033 (M litres/year).
Figure 9. Global renewable diesel consumption, to 2033 (M litres/year).
Figure 10. Global bio-jet fuel consumption to 2033 (Million litres/year).
Figure 11. Total syngas market by product in MM Nm?/h of Syngas, 2021.
Figure 12. Overview of biogas utilization.
Figure 13. Biogas and biomethane pathways.
Figure 14. Renewable Methanol Production Processes from Different Feedstocks.
Figure 15. Production of biomethane through anaerobic digestion and upgrading.
Figure 16. Production of biomethane through biomass gasification and methanation.
Figure 17. Production of biomethane through the Power to methane process.
Figure 18. Ethanol consumption 2010-2033 (million litres).
Figure 19. Properties of petrol and biobutanol.
Figure 20. Biobutanol production route.
Figure 21. Waste plastic production pathways to (A) diesel and (B) gasoline
Figure 22. Schematic for Pyrolysis of Scrap Tires.
Figure 23. Used tires conversion process.
Figure 24. Process steps in the production of electrofuels.
Figure 25. Mapping storage technologies according to performance characteristics.
Figure 26. Production process for green hydrogen.
Figure 27. E-liquids production routes.
Figure 28. Fischer-Tropsch liquid e-fuel products.
Figure 29. Resources required for liquid e-fuel production.
Figure 30. Schematic of Climeworks DAC system.
Figure 31. Levelized cost and fuel-switching CO2 prices of e-fuels.
Figure 32. Cost breakdown for e-fuels.
Figure 33. Pathways for algal biomass conversion to biofuels.
Figure 34. Algal biomass conversion process for biofuel production.
Figure 35. Classification and process technology according to carbon emission in ammonia production.
Figure 36. Green ammonia production and use.
Figure 37. Schematic of the Haber Bosch ammonia synthesis reaction.
Figure 38. Schematic of hydrogen production via steam methane reformation.
Figure 39. Estimated production cost of green ammonia.
Figure 40. Projected annual ammonia production, million tons.
Figure 41. ANDRITZ Lignin Recovery process.
Figure 42. FBPO process
Figure 43. Direct Air Capture Process.
Figure 44. CRI process.
Figure 45. Domsj? process.
Figure 46. FuelPositive system.
Figure 47. Infinitree swing method.
Figure 48. Enfinity cellulosic ethanol technology process.
Figure 49: Plantrose process.
Figure 50. The Velocys process.
Figure 51. Goldilocks process and applications.

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