Biomass - A source of chemicals and energy for sustainable development

János Lakó, Jeno Hancsók, Tatiana Yuzhakova, Gyula Marton, Anett Utasi, Ákos Rédey

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Nowadays, energetic utilization of biomass, biotechnology attracts a big attention not only from the environmental point of view but also have a social, political and economical impact. According to the Directive 2003/ 30/EC of the European Parliament and the European Council the emission of greenhouse gases can be reduced by 49% using bioethanol produced by a manufacturing process based on corn, instead of crude oil based fuels. Moreover in Hungary from 1st of July 2007 only gasoline with at least 4.4% bioethanol content is commercialized. In this article, some concrete examples of successful developments and/or implementation of biomass projects in Hungary are given such as: production friendly raw synthetic material at "Nitrokémia" chemical plant, manufacture of bioethanol by "Hungrana" and "Gyor Distillery" companies, bio-ethyl-tert-buthyl-ether production by MOL Pls. Danube Refinery, research on new generation of biofuels. The main advantages and disadvantages as well motivations for further research and development of Hungarian bio-industrial and bio-consumer sectors are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)499-509
Number of pages11
JournalEnvironmental Engineering and Management Journal
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2008


  • Agrorefinery
  • Biofuels
  • Biorefinary
  • Environmental friendly materials
  • Hungarian bio-industries

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Pollution
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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