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Kansas Bioproduct Roadmap. An Inventory and Plan for Bioproduct Development and Commercialization. Donna Johnson Pinnacle Technology, Inc . Project Team. KCC Energy Program Funded Project. KS Department of Commerce. Kansas State University. Pinnacle Technology, Inc.

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Kansas Bioproduct Roadmap

An Inventory and Plan for Bioproduct

Development and Commercialization

Donna Johnson

Pinnacle Technology, Inc.

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Project Team

KCC Energy Program

Funded Project

KS Department of Commerce

Kansas State



Technology, Inc.

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Nothing New But All New…

Before 1850 most products

came from plant material

Growing interest

in biomass

By 1970 oil = 70% of fuels

& 95% organic chemicals

By end of WWII no new

industrial uses of plant matter

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The Biobased Economy

  • Based on efficient bioprocesses and sustainable, renewable bioresources

  • Enabled by major advances in information technology, biological sciences, chemistry, physics and engineering

  • Potential to stabilize economics of key resource sectors (esp. agriculture, forestry)

  • Potential to create jobs in rural areas

  • Will enhance human and environmental health

  • Role in improving national and economic security

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The Vision

  • How do we plan for the future and position Kansas to be part of the solution, thus bringing jobs and economic benefits to the state?

  • The BioBased Economy requires:

    • Renewable bioresources

    • Highly efficient bioprocesses

    • Broad product range

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Building Materials







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Snapshot in Time

  • Assess current bioproduct industry in Kansas

  • Legislative perspective on the industry

  • Utility perspective on the industry

  • Chamber & Economic Development perspective

  • University expertise

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Industry 45 Companies Responded

  • Ethanol

    • 7 existing plants

    • 2 under construction

    • 16 proposed

  • Biodiesel

    • 2 proposed

  • Plastic Bioproduct

    • 5 companies

  • Lubricant

    • 1 company

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Legislative Viewpoint

  • 10 legislators interviewed

    • All support bioscience and bioindustry

    • Certainty it would grow – hopefully in Kansas

    • Primary constraint seen as financial

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  • Expect the industry to grow

  • Constraints are seen as technology and economic feasibility

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Chamber & Economic Development

  • Industry is in its early stages and opportunities abound

  • Large interest in alternative fuels

  • Most common concerns were resources – water and money

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University Expertise


Bioprocessing & Value Added Program

extrusion, bioprocessing, fermentation

Research – bioenergy economics, bioproducts (adhesives), bioconversion to fuels and chemicals, agribusiness development

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University Expertise


Kansas Polymer Research Center

KTEC Center of Excellence

Research – polyurethanes, polymeric materials from renewable resources, plastics

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University Expertise


Energy Research Center

interdisciplinary R&D studies, support for a broad range of energy studies

Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis

sustainable manufacturing processes, develop technologies to convert biomass to value-added products

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  • Kansas can be a national leader in lignocellulosic manufacturing – limit on what we can support using corn and soybeans.

  • State should be proactive in obtaining government grants to support R&D and large pilot facilities.

  • Availability studies by county of agriculture residues and types should be complete.