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TitleContinuous recycling of enzymes during production of lignocellulosic bioethanol in demonstration scale
Author(s)Haven, Mai Østergaard
Lindedam, Jane
Jeppesen, Martin Dan
Elleskov, Michael
Rodrigues, A. C.
Gama, F. M.
Jørgensen, Henning
Felby, Claus
KeywordsEnzyme recovery
Enzyme recycling
Wheat straw
Enzymatic hydrolysis
High dry matter content
Issue dateDec-2015
PublisherPergamon Press
JournalApplied Energy
CitationHaven, Mai Østergaard; Lindedam, Jane; Jeppesen, Martin Dan; Elleskov, Michael; Rodrigues, A.; Gama, F. M.; Jørgensen, Henning; Felby, Claus, Continuous recycling of enzymes during production of lignocellulosic bioethanol in demonstration scale. Applied Energy, 159, 188-195, 2015.
Abstract(s)Recycling of enzymes in production of lignocellulosic bioethanol has been tried for more than 30 years. So far, the successes have been few and the experiments have been carried out at conditions far from those in an industrially feasible process. Here we have tested continuous enzyme recycling at demonstration scale using industrial process conditions (high dry matter content and low enzyme dosage) for a period of eight days. The experiment was performed at the Inbicon demonstration plant (Kalundborg, Denmark) capable of converting four tonnes of wheat straw per hour. 20% of the fermentation broth was recycled to the hydrolysis reactor while enzyme dosage was reduced by 5%. The results demonstrate that recycling enzymes by this method can reduce overall enzyme consumption and may also increase the ethanol concentrations in the fermentation broth. Our results further show that recycling fermentation broth also opens up the possibility of lowering the dry matter content in hydrolysis and fermentation while still maintaining high ethanol concentrations.
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