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Biochemical engineering for fuel production in the United States

  • Henry R. Bungay
Conference paper
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Part of the Advances in Biochemical Engineering book series (ABE, volume 20)

Abstract

Despite confusion, turmoil, and controversy, the United States is rapidly developing firm foundations for large scale production of fuels from biomass. Although methane is produced from manures at relatively large demonstration plants, this gains little attention compared to processes that lead to liquid fuels that could relieve the U.S. dependence on imported oil. Ethanol from corn grain is losing its political appeal, and other, cheaper feedstocks are being sought. There are several distinct processes being developed for lignocellulosic materials with a main difference being the type of pretreatment that permits good hydrolysis to degradable sugars. Byproduct credits and energy-efficient processes make it very likely that fuels from biomass will cost considerably less than imported oil, and it will be profitable to establish a massive new fuels industry.

Keywords

Anaerobic Digestion Corn Stover Water Hyacinth Sweet Sorghum Steam Explosion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Henry R. Bungay
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  1. 1.Department of Chemical and Environmental EngineeringRensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroyUSA

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