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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319775/dilute-alkali-pretreatment-of-softwood-pine-a-biorefinery-approach
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Ali Safari, Keikhosro Karimi, Marzieh Shafiei
Dilute alkali pretreatment was performed on softwood pine to maximize ethanol and biogas production via a biorefinery approach. Alkali pretreatments were performed with 0-2% w/v NaOH at 100-180°C for 1-5h. The liquid fraction of the pretreated substrates was subjected to anaerobic digestion. The solid fraction of the pretreatment was used for separate enzymatic hydrolysis and fermentation. High ethanol yields of 76.9‒78.0% were achieved by pretreatment with 2% (w/v) NaOH at 180°C. The highest biogas yield of 244mL/g volatile solid (at 25°C, 1bar) was achieved by the pretreatment with 1% (w/v) NaOH at 180°C...
March 7, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319719/year-round-phytofiltration-lagoon-assessment-using-pistia-stratiotes-within-a-pilot-plant-scale-biorefinery
#2
Eugenia J Olguín, Daniel A García-López, Ricardo E González-Portela, Gloria Sánchez-Galván
Phytofiltration lagoons are phytoremediation technologies suitable for tropical and sub-tropical regions requiring cost-effective and echo-friendly technologies. A biorefinery of fourth generation has been implemented at pilot plant level in Xalapa, Mexico, and the phytofiltration lagoon, being the first module for provision of treated water and plant biomass for biofuel production plays a key role. The aim of this work was to evaluate the performance of such phytofiltration lagoon with a working volume of 13,000 L for the removal of nutrients from an urban river polluted with domestic wastewater and the biomass productivity of the macrophyte Pistia stratiotes, during five different experimental periods, comprising 42 days each one...
March 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315605/green-synthesis-of-bacterial-cellulose-via-acetic-acid-pre-hydrolysis-liquor-of-agricultural-corn-stalk-used-as-carbon-source
#3
Zheng Cheng, Rendang Yang, Xu Liu, Xiao Liu, Hua Chen
Herein, bacterial cellulose (BC) was synthesized by acetobacter xylinum via organic acid pre-hydrolysis liquor of agricultural corn stalk used as carbon source. Acetic acid was applied to pretreat the corn stalk, then, the prehydrolysate was detoxified by sequential steps of activated carbon and ion exchange resin treatment prior to use as carbon source to cultivate acetobacter xylinum. Moreover, the recovery of acetic acid was achieved for facilitating the reduction of cost. The results revealed that the combination method of detoxification treatment was very effective for synthesis of BC, yield could be up to 2...
March 2, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303295/sugarcane-biorefinery
#4
Sílvio Vaz
Concepts such as biorefinery and green chemistry focus on the usage of biomass, as with the oil value chain. However, it can cause less negative impact on the environment. A biorefinery based on sugarcane (Saccharum spp.) as feedstock is an example, because it can integrate into the same physical space, of processes for obtaining biofuels (ethanol), chemicals (from sugars or ethanol), electricity, and heat.The use of sugarcane as feedstock for biorefineries is dictated by its potential to supply sugars, ethanol, natural polymers or macromolecules, organic matter, and other compounds and materials...
March 17, 2017: Advances in Biochemical Engineering/biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303294/sustainability-evaluation
#5
Heinz Stichnothe
The long-term substitution of fossil resources can only be achieved through a bio-based economy, with biorefineries and bio-based products playing a major role. However, it is important to assess the implications of the transition to a bio-based economy. Life cycle-based sustainability assessment is probably the most suitable approach to quantify impacts and to identify trade-offs at multiple levels. The extended utilisation of biomass can cause land use change and affect food security of the most vulnerable people throughout the world...
March 17, 2017: Advances in Biochemical Engineering/biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301730/a-review-of-biorefinery-separations-for-bioproduct-production-via-thermocatalytic-processing
#6
Hannah Nguyen, Robert F DeJaco, Nitish Mittal, J Ilja Siepmann, Michael Tsapatsis, Mark A Snyder, Wei Fan, Basudeb Saha, Dionisios G Vlachos
With technological advancement of thermocatalytic processes for valorizing renewable biomass carbon, development of effective separation technologies for selective recovery of bioproducts from complex reaction media and their purification becomes essential. The high thermal sensitivity of biomass intermediates and their low volatility and high reactivity, along with the use of dilute solutions, make the bioproducts separations energy intensive and expensive. Novel separation techniques, including solvent extraction in biphasic systems and reactive adsorption using zeolite and carbon sorbents, membranes, and chromatography, have been developed...
March 15, 2017: Annual Review of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295166/engineering-oxidative-stress-defense-pathways-to-build-a-robust-lipid-production-platform-in-yarrowia-lipolytica
#7
Peng Xu, Kangjian Qiao, Gregory Stephanopoulos
Microbially-derived lipids have recently attracted renewed interests due to their broad applications in production of green diesels, cosmetic additives and oleochemicals. Metabolic engineering efforts have targeted a large portfolio of biosynthetic pathways to efficiently convert sugar to lipids in oleaginous yeast. In the engineered overproducing strains, endogenous cell metabolism typically generates harmful electrophilic molecules that compromise cell fitness and productivity. Lipids, particularly unsaturated fatty acids, are highly susceptible to oxygen radical attack and the resulting oxidative species are detrimental to cell metabolism and limit lipid productivity...
March 14, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295163/cyanobacterial-carbon-metabolism-fluxome-plasticity-and-oxygen-dependence
#8
Ni Wan, Drew M DeLorenzo, Lian He, Le You, Cheryl M Immethun, George Wang, Edward E K Baidoo, Whitney Hollinshead, Jay D Keasling, Tae Seok Moon, Yinjie J Tang
Synechocystis sp. strain PCC 6803 has been widely used as a photo-biorefinery chassis. Based on its genome annotation, this species contains a complete TCA cycle, an Embden-Meyerhof-Parnas pathway (EMPP), an oxidative pentose phosphate pathway (OPPP), and an Entner-Doudoroff pathway (EDP). To evaluate how Synechocystis 6803 catabolizes glucose under heterotrophic conditions, we performed (13) C metabolic flux analysis, metabolite pool size analysis, gene knockouts, and heterologous expressions. The results revealed a cyclic mode of flux through the OPPP...
March 14, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293293/the-podospora-anserina-lytic-polysaccharide-monooxygenase-palpmo9h-catalyzes-oxidative-cleavage-of-diverse-plant-cell-wall-matrix-glycans
#9
Mathieu Fanuel, Sona Garajova, David Ropartz, Nicholas McGregor, Harry Brumer, Hélène Rogniaux, Jean-Guy Berrin
BACKGROUND: The enzymatic conversion of plant biomass has been recently revolutionized by the discovery of lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases (LPMO) that catalyze oxidative cleavage of polysaccharides. These powerful enzymes are secreted by a large number of fungal saprotrophs and are important components of commercial enzyme cocktails used for industrial biomass conversion. Among the 33 AA9 LPMOs encoded by the genome of Podospora anserina, the PaLPMO9H enzyme catalyzes mixed C1/C4 oxidative cleavage of cellulose and cello-oligosaccharides...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293288/techno-economic-analysis-and-climate-change-impacts-of-sugarcane-biorefineries-considering-different-time-horizons
#10
Tassia L Junqueira, Mateus F Chagas, Vera L R Gouveia, Mylene C A F Rezende, Marcos D B Watanabe, Charles D F Jesus, Otavio Cavalett, Artur Y Milanez, Antonio Bonomi
BACKGROUND: Ethanol production from lignocellulosic feedstocks (also known as 2nd generation or 2G ethanol process) presents a great potential for reducing both ethanol production costs and climate change impacts since agricultural residues and dedicated energy crops are used as feedstock. This study aimed at the quantification of the economic and environmental impacts considering the current and future scenarios of sugarcane biorefineries taking into account not only the improvements of the industrial process but also of biomass production systems...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289770/pyrolysis-oil-biorefinery
#11
Dietrich Meier
In biorefineries several conversion processes for biomasses may be applied to obtain maximum value from the feed materials. One viable option is the liquefaction of lignocellulosic feedstocks or residues by fast pyrolysis. The conversion technology requires rapid heating of the biomass particles along with rapid cooling of the hot vapors and aerosols. The main product, bio-oil, is obtained in yields of up to 75 wt% on a dry feed basis, together with by-product char and gas which are used within the process to provide the process heat requirements; there are no waste streams other than flue gas and ash...
March 14, 2017: Advances in Biochemical Engineering/biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284810/carbon-dioxide-utilization-in-a-microalga-based-biorefinery-efficiency-of-carbon-removal-and-economic-performance-under-carbon-taxation
#12
Igor Lapenda Wiesberg, George Victor Brigagão, José Luiz de Medeiros, Ofélia de Queiroz Fernandes Araújo
Coal-fired power plants are major stationary sources of carbon dioxide and environmental constraints demand technologies for abatement. Although Carbon Capture and Storage is the most mature route, it poses severe economic penalty to power generation. Alternatively, this penalty is potentially reduced by Carbon Capture and Utilization, which converts carbon dioxide to valuable products, monetizing it. This work evaluates a route consisting of carbon dioxide bio-capture by Chlorella pyrenoidosa and use of the resulting biomass as feedstock to a microalgae-based biorefinery; Carbon Capture and Storage route is evaluated as a reference technology...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280869/biotechnological-route-for-sustainable-succinate-production-utilizing-oil-palm-frond-and-kenaf-as-potential-carbon-sources
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Abdullah Amru Indera Luthfi, Shareena Fairuz Abdul Manaf, Rosli Md Illias, Shuhaida Harun, Abdul Wahab Mohammad, Jamaliah Md Jahim
Due to the world's dwindling energy supplies, greater thrust has been placed on the utilization of renewable resources for global succinate production. Exploration of such biotechnological route could be seen as an act of counterbalance to the continued fossil fuel dominance. Malaysia being a tropical country stands out among many other nations for its plenty of resources in the form of lignocellulosic biomass. To date, oil palm frond (OPF) contributes to the largest fraction of agricultural residues in Malaysia, while kenaf, a newly introduced fiber crop with relatively high growth rate, holds great potential for developing sustainable succinate production, apart from OPF...
March 9, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280848/organosolv-processes
#14
Nicolas Brosse, Mohd Hazwan Hussin, Afidah Abdul Rahim
Biofuels and chemicals can be produced from lignocellulosic feedstocks using biotechnological processes. The effective utilization of carbohydrates from biomass for the production of biofuels necessitates the development of pretreatment technologies to enhance their enzymatic digestibility. Among all the various pretreatment methods currently studied and developed, the organosolv processes, in which organic solvents or aqueous organic solvent mixtures are used as the pretreatment medium, appear to be specially promising in the context of the biorefinery because (1) they produce cellulosic pulp with a good enzymatic digestibility for monomeric glucose production and (2) they allow a clean fractionation of the major biomass components (cellulose, lignin, and hemicelluloses) into three process streams...
March 10, 2017: Advances in Biochemical Engineering/biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267923/multi-functional-cellulolytic-enzymes-outperform-processive-fungal-cellulases-for-co-production-of-nanocellulose-and-biofuels
#15
John M Yarbrough, Ruoran Zhang, Ashutosh Mittal, Todd Vander Wall, Yannick J Bomble, Stephen R Decker, Michael E Himmel, Peter N Ciesielski
Producing fuels, chemicals, and materials from renewable resources to meet societal demands remains an important step in the transition to a sustainable, clean energy economy. The use of cellulolytic enzymes for the production of nanocellulose enables the co-production of sugars for biofuels production in a format that is largely compatible with the process design employed by modern lignocellulosic (second generation) biorefineries. However, yields of enzymatically produced nanocellulose are typically much lower than those achieved by mineral acid production methods...
March 7, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265702/from-current-algae-products-to-future-biorefinery-practices-a-review
#16
Michel H M Eppink, Giuseppe Olivieri, Hans Reith, Corjan van den Berg, Maria J Barbosa, Rene H Wijffels
Microalgae are considered to be one of the most promising next generation bio-based/food feedstocks with a unique lipid composition, high protein content, and an almost unlimited amount of other bio-active molecules. High-value components such as the soluble proteins, (poly) unsaturated fatty acids, pigments, and carbohydrates can be used as an important ingredient for several markets, such as the food/feed/chemical/cosmetics and health industries. Although cultivation costs have decreased significantly in the last few decades, large microalgae production processes become economically viable if all complex compounds are optimally valorized in their functional state...
March 7, 2017: Advances in Biochemical Engineering/biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265701/vegetable-oil-biorefinery
#17
Frank Pudel, Sebastian Wiesen
Conventional vegetable oil mills are complex plants, processing oil, fruits, or seeds to vegetable fats and oils of high quality and predefined properties. Nearly all by-products are used. However, most of the high valuable plant substances occurring in oil fruits or seeds besides the oil are used only in low price applications (proteins as animal feeding material) or not at all (e.g., phenolics). This chapter describes the state-of-the-art of extraction and use of oilseed/oil fruit proteins and phyto-nutrients in order to move from a conventional vegetable oil processing plant to a proper vegetable oil-biorefinery producing a wide range of different high value bio-based products...
March 7, 2017: Advances in Biochemical Engineering/biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265700/starch-biorefinery-enzymes
#18
Albrecht Läufer
Nature uses enzymes to build and convert biomass; mankind uses the same enzymes and produces them on a large scale to make optimum use of biomass in biorefineries. Bacterial α-amylases and fungal glucoamylases have been the workhorses of starch biorefineries for many decades. Pullulanases were introduced in the 1980s. Proteases, cellulases, hemicellulases, and phytases have been on the market for a few years as process aids, improving yields, performance, and costs. Detailed studies of the complex chemical structures of biomass and of the physicochemical limitations of industrial biorefineries have led enzyme developers to produce novel tailor-made solutions for improving yield and profitability in the industry...
March 7, 2017: Advances in Biochemical Engineering/biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265558/a-clostridium-group-iv-species-dominates-and-suppresses-a-mixed-culture-fermentation-by-tolerance-to-medium-chain-fatty-acids-products
#19
Stephen J Andersen, Vicky De Groof, Way Cern Khor, Hugo Roume, Ruben Props, Marta Coma, Korneel Rabaey
A microbial community is engaged in a complex economy of cooperation and competition for carbon and energy. In engineered systems such as anaerobic digestion and fermentation, these relationships are exploited for conversion of a broad range of substrates into products, such as biogas, ethanol, and carboxylic acids. Medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs), for example, hexanoic acid, are valuable, energy dense microbial fermentation products, however, MCFA tend to exhibit microbial toxicity to a broad range of microorganisms at low concentrations...
2017: Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265300/production-of-high-concentrated-cellulosic-ethanol-by-acetone-water-oxidized-pretreated-beech-wood
#20
Constantinos Katsimpouras, Konstantinos G Kalogiannis, Aggeliki Kalogianni, Angelos A Lappas, Evangelos Topakas
BACKGROUND: Lignocellulosic biomass is an abundant and inexpensive resource for biofuel production. Alongside its biotechnological conversion, pretreatment is essential to enable efficient enzymatic hydrolysis by making cellulose susceptible to cellulases. Wet oxidation of biomass, such as acetone/water oxidation, that employs hot acetone, water, and oxygen, has been found to be an attractive pretreatment method for removing lignin while producing less degradation products. The remaining enriched cellulose fraction has the potential to be utilized under high gravity enzymatic saccharification and fermentation processes for the cost-competing production of bioethanol...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
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