Title

Thermodynamic analysis of lignocellulosic biofuel production via a biochemical process: guiding technology selection and research focus

RIS ID

75042

Publication Details

Sohel, M. I. & Jack, M. W. (2011). Thermodynamic analysis of lignocellulosic biofuel production via a biochemical process: guiding technology selection and research focus. Bioresource Technology, 102 (3), 2617-2622.

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to present an exergy analysis of bioethanol production process from lignocellulosic feedstock via a biochemical process to asses the overall thermodynamic efficiency and identify the main loss processes. The thermodynamic efficiency of the biochemical process was found to be 35% and the major inefficiencies of this process were identified as: the combustion of lignin for process heat and power production and the simultaneous scarification and co-fermentation process accounting for 67% and 27% of the lost exergy, respectively. These results were also compared with a previous analysis of a thermochemical process for producing biofuel. Despite fundamental differences, the biochemical and thermochemical processes considered here had similar levels of thermodynamic efficiency. Process heat and power production was the major contributor to exergy loss in both of the processes. Unlike the thermochemical process, the overall efficiency of the biochemical process largely depends on how the lignin is utilized

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Link to publisher version (DOI)

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2010.10.032