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New, innovative pre-treatment of Nordic wood for cost-effective fuel-ethanol production


Created: Jul 30, 2009

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Last updated: Aug 13, 2009


Case start: Jan 01, 2007

Case end: Dec 30, 2010

The project has participants from Norway, Iceland, Finland, Denmark and Sweden and is funded by Nordic Energy Research This project aims at addressing the following hypotheses: A fundamental understanding of the chemical and physical mechanisms that occur during wood pre-treatment will improve the overall economy of bioethanol production by i) reducing the degradation of cellulose and hemi-cellulose into materials that are not suitable for ethanol production, ii) minimizing the formation of by-products that are inhibitors to the subsequent hydrolysis and fermentation of sugars, iii) enabling the design of pre-treatment processes that match a specific biomass feedstock Development of predictive pre-treatment models will enable the selection, design, optimization and process control that will match biomass feedstock with the appropriate method and process configuration. Production cost of bioethanol can be reduced by co-localization or integration with an existing industry infrastructure such as a pulp mill or an oil refinery and/or by integrating conversion processes and equipment to co-produce bioethanol and other value-added products from biomass in a biorefinery. The main objective of this project is to develop new pre-treatment techniques that will reduce the overall production costs for fuel-ethanol from Nordic lignocellulosic biomass.

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New, innovative pre-treatment of Nordic wood for cost-effective fuel-ethanol production
Høgskoleringen 6b
NO-7491
Trondheim
Norway

Phone :+47 73 55 09 11