Wspólnotowy Serwis Informacyjny Badan i Rozwoju - CORDIS

Production of Bioethanol by means of a cost effective process

This result of the BIO-H2 project lists commercially available processes and hints on the latest technologies. It also provides a complete description of ethanol production and consumption in every country in the world.

Ethanol production from lignocellulosic biomass. The project has collected data on the biomass availability in Europe - meaning biomass availability as energy crops, industrial crops, agricultural residues and domestic waste.

The project also provides a detailed bibliographic study on the technologies and processes under development worldwide for the conversion of lignocellulosics into ethanol. A brief discussion on the key aspects on the economics of these processes highlights the near term viability of producing ethanol this way.

Concerning bio-ethanol production, the goal of this result is not to develop new technologies but to optimise and integrate existing knowledge with the new part of the process. The experimental activities that have been carried out are:

- Optimisation of biomass pretreatment by steam explosion (SE);

- Optimisation of the simultaneous saccharification and fermentation of steam exploded biomass; included the detoxification procedures and SO2 preadsorption effect.

- Simulation of the overall process at the industrial scale and techno-economic analysis.

An evaluation of costs and a LCA of ethanol production has been provided.

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