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Title: Thinking big: Towards ideal strains and processes for large-scale aerobic biofuels production

In this study, global concerns about anthropogenic climate change, energy security and independence, and environmental consequences of continued fossil fuel exploitation are driving significant public and private sector interest and financing to hasten development and deployment of processes to produce renewable fuels, as well as bio-based chemicals and materials, towards scales commensurate with current fossil fuel-based production. Over the past two decades, anaerobic microbial production of ethanol from first-generation hexose sugars derived primarily from sugarcane and starch has reached significant market share worldwide, with fermentation bioreactor sizes often exceeding the million litre scale. More recently, industrial-scale lignocellulosic ethanol plants are emerging that produce ethanol from pentose and hexose sugars using genetically engineered microbes and bioreactor scales similar to first-generation biorefineries.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [1]
  1. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
NREL/JA-5100-67749
Journal ID: ISSN 1751-7915
Grant/Contract Number:
AC36-08GO28308
Type:
Published Article
Journal Name:
Microbial Biotechnology (Online)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Microbial Biotechnology (Online); Journal Volume: 10; Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 1751-7915
Publisher:
Wiley
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
Language:
English
Subject:
09 BIOMASS FUELS; biofuels; production; bio-based products
OSTI Identifier:
1337344
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1341326; OSTI ID: 1342375