Certain biomass technologies produce a number of highly valued chemicals either directly or as a bi-product in the fuel production process. These include demethyl ether (DME) and ammonia.
DME is the simplest ether, a colourless gas that is a useful precursor to other compounds. It is largely used as a propane substitute in both household and industrial environments, as well as a propellant and refrigerant.
Ammonia is a colourless gas that is vital to food production since it plays an important role in attaining high crop yields. It is also integral in the production of plastics like nylon and polyurethane.