Date of Graduation
Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design
Agricultural and Resource Economics
This thesis presents a market study and economic feasibility analysis on developing a facility utilizing olive oil production waste as a carbon substrate in polyhydroxyalkanoate production. Three underlying questions will be explored within this thesis: (1) Can olive oil mill effluents be utilized to produce an environmentally friendly polyhydroxyalkanoate bio-plastic?;, (2) Is there potential for the bio-plastic polyhydroxyalkanoate to enter Morocco's plastic market?;, (3) Is it likely that a bio-plastic facility utilizing olive oil mill production waste to create polyhydroxyalkanoate would have long term profitability? This research provides a pathway toward a new solution to a pervasive environmental concern facing Morocco as well as provides options for better and more sustainable business actions, decisions, products, or strategies.
Hansen, Catherine, "A Feasibility Analysis for the Development of a Facility Utilizing Olive Oil Mill Production Waste as a Carbon Substrate in Polyhydroxyalkanoate Production in Morocco" (2015). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 5757.