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Title: A survey of Opportunities for Microbial Conversion of Biomass to Hydrocarbon Compatible Fuels

Abstract

Biomass is uniquely able to supply renewable and sustainable liquid transportation fuels. In the near term, the Biomass program has a 2012 goal of cost competitive cellulosic ethanol. However, beyond 2012, there will be an increasing need to provide liquid transportation fuels that are more compatible with the existing infrastructure and can supply fuel into all transportation sectors, including aviation and heavy road transport. Microbial organisms are capable of producing a wide variety of fuel and fuel precursors such as higher alcohols, ethers, esters, fatty acids, alkenes and alkanes. This report surveys liquid fuels and fuel precurors that can be produced from microbial processes, but are not yet ready for commercialization using cellulosic feedstocks. Organisms, current research and commercial activities, and economics are addressed. Significant improvements to yields and process intensification are needed to make these routes economic. Specifically, high productivity, titer and efficient conversion are the key factors for success.

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1013947
Report Number(s):
PNNL-19704
BM0204010; TRN: US201111%%163
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-76RL01830
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
09 BIOMASS FUELS; 32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; ALCOHOLS; ALKANES; ALKENES; AVAILABILITY; BIOMASS; CARBOXYLIC ACIDS; CELLULOSIC ETHANOL; COMMERCIALIZATION; ECONOMICS; ESTERS; ETHERS; HYDROCARBONS; LIQUID FUELS; PRODUCTIVITY; ROAD TRANSPORT; TRANSPORTATION SECTOR; Biomass, microbial, hydrocarbons, higher alcohols, isoprenoids, fatty acids, polyketides

Citation Formats

Jovanovic, Iva, Jones, Susanne B., Santosa, Daniel M., Dai, Ziyu, Ramasamy, Karthikeyan K., and Zhu, Yunhua. A survey of Opportunities for Microbial Conversion of Biomass to Hydrocarbon Compatible Fuels. United States: N. p., 2010. Web. doi:10.2172/1013947.
Jovanovic, Iva, Jones, Susanne B., Santosa, Daniel M., Dai, Ziyu, Ramasamy, Karthikeyan K., & Zhu, Yunhua. A survey of Opportunities for Microbial Conversion of Biomass to Hydrocarbon Compatible Fuels. United States. doi:10.2172/1013947.
Jovanovic, Iva, Jones, Susanne B., Santosa, Daniel M., Dai, Ziyu, Ramasamy, Karthikeyan K., and Zhu, Yunhua. Wed . "A survey of Opportunities for Microbial Conversion of Biomass to Hydrocarbon Compatible Fuels". United States. doi:10.2172/1013947. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1013947.
@article{osti_1013947,
title = {A survey of Opportunities for Microbial Conversion of Biomass to Hydrocarbon Compatible Fuels},
author = {Jovanovic, Iva and Jones, Susanne B. and Santosa, Daniel M. and Dai, Ziyu and Ramasamy, Karthikeyan K. and Zhu, Yunhua},
abstractNote = {Biomass is uniquely able to supply renewable and sustainable liquid transportation fuels. In the near term, the Biomass program has a 2012 goal of cost competitive cellulosic ethanol. However, beyond 2012, there will be an increasing need to provide liquid transportation fuels that are more compatible with the existing infrastructure and can supply fuel into all transportation sectors, including aviation and heavy road transport. Microbial organisms are capable of producing a wide variety of fuel and fuel precursors such as higher alcohols, ethers, esters, fatty acids, alkenes and alkanes. This report surveys liquid fuels and fuel precurors that can be produced from microbial processes, but are not yet ready for commercialization using cellulosic feedstocks. Organisms, current research and commercial activities, and economics are addressed. Significant improvements to yields and process intensification are needed to make these routes economic. Specifically, high productivity, titer and efficient conversion are the key factors for success.},
doi = {10.2172/1013947},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {2010},
month = {9}
}

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