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Biorefinery Approach
Pursuing an integrated biorefinery approach to the production of renewable specialty chemicals will provide Myriant with a significant competitive advantage.

In an integrated biorefinery, cellulosic biomass is processed to release the fermentable sugars it contains.  Specially designed microbial systems convert the different sugars into bioethanol and various high value specialty chemicals.  Carbon dioxide generated in the production of bioethanol is consumed during specialty chemical production.  Lignin byproduct from the sugar separation is burned as an energy source for the biorefinery or sold as an ingredient for downstream use.

This approach positively impacts our national security, increases the sustainability of chemical and fuel production and provides economic benefits.  Reliance on imported oil is reduced.  Water usage and fertilizer run-off are decreased for cellulosic biomass (compared to products such as corn and sugar beets).  Use of waste biomass addresses waste management issues.  The process consumes less energy and produces less waste compared to petrochemical processes and results in carbon dioxide sequestration.  And with the integrated biorefinery, there is no need to add a ‘green’ premium to product pricing.  At the same time, the volatility of fossil fuel feedstock prices is mitigated.

Co-location of the biorefinery near biomass generation facilities and/or near land suited for harvesting of appropriate biomass sources further maximizes the benefits of this approach.