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Enzymatic Hydrolysis of Sugarcane Biomass and Heat Integration as Enhancers of Ethanol Production

Reynaldo Palacios-Bereche1, Adriano Ensinas2, Marcelo Modesto1, Silvia Nebra1,3,*

Centre of Engineering, Modelling and Applied Social Sciences, Federal University of ABC (CECS/UFABC), Santo André, SP, Brazil
Energy Department, Federal University of Lavras, Lavras MG, Brazil
Interdisciplinary Centre of Energy Planning, University of Campinas (NIPE/UNICAMP), Campinas, SP, Brazil

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Journal of Renewable Materials 2018, 6(2), 183-194. https://doi.org/10.7569/JRM.2017.634175

Abstract

The aim of this study is to assess the possibility of increasing ethanol production by introducing the bagasse hydrolysis process into conventional distilleries. Simulations were performed for mass and energy balances using Aspen Plus® software. It was assumed that sugarcane trash and lignin cake—hydrolysis process residues—are available as supplementary fuel. Several cases were evaluated, including: (a) conventional ethanol distillery, (b) conventional plant combined with a hydrolysis process without heat integration, with different solid contents in the hydrolysis reactor, and (c) conventional plant combined with the hydrolysis process applying heat integration by pinch analysis. The highest ethanol yield was achieved in the case of heat integration and concentration of cellulose hydrolysate by the membrane system with a solid content of 5% in the hydrolysis reactor. This represents an increase of 22% over conventional distilleries currently found in the industry.

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Palacios-Bereche, R., Ensinas, A., Modesto, M., Nebra, S. (2018). Enzymatic Hydrolysis of Sugarcane Biomass and Heat Integration as Enhancers of Ethanol Production. Journal of Renewable Materials, 6(2), 183–194.



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