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Title: Accounting for all sugars produced during integrated production of ethanol from lignocellulosic biomass

This study explored integrated conversion of corn stover to ethanol and highlights techniques for accurate yield calculations. Acid pretreated corn stover (PCS) produced in a pilot-scale reactor was enzymatically hydrolyzed and the resulting sugars were fermented to ethanol by the glucose–xylose fermenting bacteria, Zymomonas mobilis 8b. The calculations account for high solids operation and oligomeric sugars produced during pretreatment, enzymatic hydrolysis, and fermentation, which, if not accounted for, leads to overestimating ethanol yields. The calculations are illustrated for enzymatic hydrolysis and fermentation of PCS at 17.5% and 20.0% total solids achieving 80.1% and 77.9% conversion of cellulose and xylan to ethanol and ethanol titers of 63 g/L and 69 g/L, respectively. In the future, these techniques, including the TEA results, will be applied to fully integrated pilot-scale runs.
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  1. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States). National Bioenergy Center
  2. P2 Science, Woodbridge, CT (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 0960-8524
Grant/Contract Number:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Bioresource Technology
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 205; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 0960-8524
Research Org:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Bioenergy Technologies Office (EE-3B)
Country of Publication:
United States
09 BIOMASS FUELS; 59 BASIC BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES pretreatment; enzymatic hydrolysis; fermentation; ethanol; corn stover; yields; mass balance