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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

Kansas Bioproduct Roadmap

An Inventory and Plan for Bioproduct

Development and Commercialization

Donna Johnson

Pinnacle Technology, Inc.

project team
Project Team

KCC Energy Program

Funded Project

KS Department of Commerce

Kansas State



Technology, Inc.

nothing new but all new
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

the biobased economy
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
the vision
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






Building Materials






snapshot in time
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
industry 45 companies responded
Industry 45 Companies Responded
  • Ethanol
    • 7 existing plants
    • 2 under construction
    • 16 proposed
  • Biodiesel
    • 2 proposed
  • Plastic Bioproduct
    • 5 companies
  • Lubricant
    • 1 company
legislative viewpoint
Legislative Viewpoint
  • 10 legislators interviewed
    • All support bioscience and bioindustry
    • Certainty it would grow – hopefully in Kansas
    • Primary constraint seen as financial
  • Expect the industry to grow
  • Constraints are seen as technology and economic feasibility
chamber economic development
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
university expertise
University Expertise


Bioprocessing & Value Added Program

extrusion, bioprocessing, fermentation

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

university expertise13
University Expertise


Kansas Polymer Research Center

KTEC Center of Excellence

Research – polyurethanes, polymeric materials from renewable resources, plastics

university expertise14
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

  • 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.