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Waste2energy: integration of supercritical technologies and anaerobic digestion through an automated system for the production of biofuel precursors

Grant number: 18/14938-4
Support Opportunities:Research Grants - Young Investigators Grants - Phase 2
Duration: December 01, 2019 - November 30, 2025
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Food Science and Technology - Food Engineering
Principal Investigator:Tânia Forster Carneiro
Grantee:Tânia Forster Carneiro
Host Institution: Faculdade de Engenharia de Alimentos (FEA). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Associated researchers: Ackmez Mudhoo ; Maurício Ariel Rostagno ; Michael Timko ; Rosana Goldbeck Coelho ; Solange Inês Mussatto Dragone
Associated research grant:11/19817-1 - Biorefinery in agricultural and food industry: recycling waste for production of new chemicals componds and biohydrogen, AP.BIOEN.JP
+ associated scholarships 22/02305-2 - Evaluation of subcritical water hydrolysis in an automated reactor with in-line analysis of compounds with higher added value from pitaya peels (Hylocereus undatus), BP.MS
21/03950-6 - Subcritical hydrolysis and anaerobic digestion for the production of sugars and biogas from apple pomace from juice processing, BP.PD
22/01567-3 - Chemical-analytical characterization of waste from the food industry, BP.IC
22/00950-8 - Valuation of fruit peels from the juice industries through anaerobic digestion technology, BP.IC
21/08696-0 - Biorefineries in the context of food industries and their approach to sustainability: energy, technical-economic and environmental analysis based on biogas and biomethane production (ZeWaFFI), BP.PD
21/04096-9 - Integration of the extraction/hydrolysis processes in subcritical water and purification for the valuation of grape bagasse in a biorrefinery concept, BP.DR
20/10323-5 - Life cycle and technical-financial assessment of the integration of anaerobic digestion and hydrothermal technologies for waste recovery, BP.PD
20/16248-5 - Purification of jabuticaba waste extracts by adsorbents and biochar using supercritical technology, BP.MS
19/26925-7 - Development of an automated system for biofuel precursor production using sub-critical technology, BP.DD - associated scholarships


Several technologies for biomass conversion and waste reuse for the production of new energy-efficient products are emerging. These include supercritical technology, which uses water as a solvent in a clean and sustainable process, and dry thermophilic anaerobic digestion technology that values wastewater and solid waste while producing biogas (biohydrogen / methane). In order to evaluate the integration of these technologies it is proposed the construction of an experimental unit composed by reactors in series and in parallel of hydrolysis in subcritical water and digestion. The innovation of this project is the integration of technologies in the concept of biorefinery leading to a sustainable technological development, where several by-products of high added value will be obtained through a reactors unit with automated system coupled in line with the step of chemical analysis. The optimization stage of the biomass pretreatment will determine the yield of the chemicals of this chemical platform such as C5 and C6 sugars, ethanol, butanol, furfural, hydroxymethylfurfural, levulinic acids and their derivatives, succinic acid. On the other hand, digestion steps will allow the production of biogas, biohydrogen and / or biomethane as a substitute for natural gas and / or biofuel, as well as analyzes of technical and economic aspects and life cycle will allow assessing the impacts on human health and in the environment. Additionally, obtaining a high quality final hydrolyzate will be obtained through novel biochar (biochar) assays, ie the residue obtained in the hydrolysis reactor will be packaged and reused as a filter with high selectivity of compounds. On the other hand, depending on the liquid or solid residue, the digestion reactor will also innovate this research working in line with the hydrolysis reactor for the production of biogas in the case of lignocellulosic residues. Thus, this project proposes an experimental unit capable of performing recovery and treatment processes using both technologies independently or in an integrated manner. All the by-products obtained will be evaluated technically and economically, either for the production of biofuels (2G ethanol) and / or biogas rich in biohydrogen and / or methane, and on the other hand biochar of high added value. It is intended to develop a process capable of valorizing wastewater and organic and lignocellulosic waste, while at the same time obtaining end products of high added value, in addition to producing bioenergy, relevant when considering the sustainable development of industries and cities, diversification of the country's energy network, promoting research with innovation and generating knowledge by combining biochemical conversion and energy routes. (AU)

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Scientific publications (23)
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
SGANZERLA, WILLIAM GUSTAVO; DA ROSA, CLEONICE GONCALVES; GOMES DA SILVA, ALINE PRISCILLA; FERRAREZE, JOCLEITA PERUZZO; AZEVEDO, MONIA STREMEL; FORSTER-CARNEIRO, TANIA; NUNES, MICHAEL RAMOS; DE LIMA VEECK, ANA PAULA. Application in situ of biodegradable films produced with starch, citric pectin and functionalized with feijoa (Acca sellowiana (Berg) Burret) extracts: An effective proposal for food conservation. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, v. 189, p. 544-553, . (19/26925-7, 18/14938-4)
SGANZERLA, WILLIAM G.; AMPESE, LARISSA C.; MUSSATTO, SOLANGE I.; FORSTER-CARNEIRO, TANIA. A bibliometric analysis on potential uses of brewer's spent grains in a biorefinery for the circular economy transition of the beer industry. BIOFUELS BIOPRODUCTS & BIOREFINING-BIOFPR, v. 15, n. 6, . (19/26925-7, 18/14938-4, 18/05999-0)
MACIEL-SILVA, FRANCISCO W.; BULLER, LUZ S.; GONCALVES, MARIA L. M. B. B.; ROSTAGNO, MAURICIO A.; FORSTER-CARNEIRO, TANIA. ustainable development in the Legal Amazon: energy recovery from acai seed. BIOFUELS BIOPRODUCTS & BIOREFINING-BIOFPR, v. 15, n. 4, p. 1174-1189, . (18/14582-5, 18/14938-4, 20/10323-5, 18/05999-0)
TENA, MIRIAM; BULLER, LUZ S.; SGANZERLA, WILLIAM G.; BERNI, MAURO; FORSTER-CARNEIRO, TANIA; SOLERA, ROSARIO; PEREZ, MONTSERRAT. Techno-economic evaluation of bioenergy production from anaerobic digestion of by-products from ethanol flex plants. FUEL, v. 309, . (20/10323-5, 19/26925-7, 18/05999-0, 18/14938-4)
ZIERO, HENRIQUE D.; BERNI, MAURO D.; BULLER, LUZ S.; VASCONCELOS, LEONARDO G.; DORILEO, IVO L.; MUDHOO, ACKMEZ; FORSTER-CARNEIRO, TANIA. Foresight for corn-to-ethanol mills in the Southern Brazilian Amazon: Energy, economic and environmental analysis. JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMICAL ENGINEERING, v. 9, n. 6, . (20/10323-5, 18/05999-0, 18/14938-4)
JIMENEZ-CASTRO, MARIA PAULA; BULLER, LUZ SELENE; ZOFFREO, ALEXIS; TIMKO, MICHAEL T.; FORSTER-CARNEIRO, TANIA. Two-stage anaerobic digestion of orange peel without pre-treatment: Experimental evaluation and application to Sao Paulo state. JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMICAL ENGINEERING, v. 8, n. 4, . (18/05999-0, 18/14938-4)
BULLER, L. S.; SGANZERLA, W. G.; BERNI, M. D.; BRIGNOLI, S. C.; FORSTER-CARNEIRO, T.. esign and techno-economic analysis of a hybrid system for energy supply in a wastewater treatment plant: A decentralized energy strateg. Journal of Environmental Management, v. 305, . (18/05999-0, 20/10323-5, 19/26925-7, 15/50612-8, 18/14938-4)
TORRES-MAYANGA, PAULO C.; LACHOS-PEREZ, DANIEL; MUDHOO, ACKMEZ; KUMAR, SUNIL; BROWN, AVERY B.; TYUFEKCHIEV, MAKSIM; DRAGONE, GIULIANO; MUSSATTO, I, SOLANGE; ROSTAGNO, MAURICIO A.; TIMKO, MICHAEL; et al. Production of biofuel precursors and value-added chemicals from hydrolysates resulting from hydrothermal processing biomass: A review. BIOMASS & BIOENERGY, v. 130, . (18/05999-0, 13/04304-4, 11/19817-1, 18/14938-4)
JIMENEZ-CASTRO, MARIA P.; BULLER, LUZ S.; SGANZERLA, WILLIAM G.; FORSTER-CARNEIRO, TANIA. Bioenergy production from orange industrial waste: a case study. BIOFUELS BIOPRODUCTS & BIOREFINING-BIOFPR, v. 14, n. 6, . (18/05999-0, 18/14938-4)
SGANZERLA, WILLIAM GUSTAVO; BULLER, LUZ SELENE; MUSSATTO, I, SOLANGE; FORSTER-CARNEIRO, TANIA. Techno-economic assessment of bioenergy and fertilizer production by anaerobic digestion of brewer's spent grains in a biorefinery concept. JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION, v. 297, . (18/05999-0, 19/26925-7, 18/14938-4, 20/10323-5)
SGANZERLA, WILLIAM G.; AMPESE, LARISSA C.; PARISOTO, THUANNY A. C.; FORSTER-CARNEIRO, TANIA. Process intensification for the recovery of methane-rich biogas from dry anaerobic digestion of acai seeds. BIOMASS CONVERSION AND BIOREFINERY, . (18/05999-0, 18/14938-4, 19/26925-7)
AMPESE, LARISSA CASTRO; BULLER, LUZ SELENE; MYERS, JORDAN; TIMKO, MICHAEL T.; MARTINS, GILBERTO; FORSTER-CARNEIRO, TANIA. Valorization of Macauba husks from biodiesel production using subcritical water hydrolysis pretreatment followed by anaerobic digestion. JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMICAL ENGINEERING, v. 9, n. 4, . (20/10323-5, 18/14938-4, 18/05999-0)
FERREIRA, SAMUEL FONTENELLE; BULLER, LUZ SELENE; BERNI, MAURO; FORSTER-CARNEIRO, TANIA. Environmental impact assessment of end-uses of biomethane. JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION, v. 230, p. 613-621, . (18/05999-0, 11/19817-1, 18/14938-4)
VIGANO, JULIANE; SANCHES, VITOR L.; MESQUITA, LEONARDO M. DE SOUZA; DE SOUZA, MARIANA C.; DA SILVA, LAISE C.; CHAVES, JAISA O.; FORSTER-CARNEIRO, TANIA; ROSTAGNO, MAURICIO A.. Comprehensive analysis of phenolic compounds from natural products: Integrating sample preparation and analysis. Analytica Chimica Acta, v. 1178, . (19/24537-0, 18/14582-5, 19/18772-6, 20/08421-9, 18/17089-8, 13/04304-4, 18/14938-4, 20/15774-5)
BULLER, LUZ SELENE; DA SILVA ROMERO, CRISTHY WILLY; CAMARGO LAMPARELLI, RUBENS AUGUSTO; FERREIRA, SAMUEL FONTENELLE; BORTOLETO, ANA PAULA; MUSSATTO, I, SOLANGE; FORSTER-CARNEIRO, TANIA. A spatially explicit assessment of sugarcane vinasse as a sustainable by-product. Science of The Total Environment, v. 765, . (18/05999-0, 15/50612-8, 18/14938-4)
FERREIRA, SAMUEL F.; BULLER, LUZ S.; MACIEL-SILVA, FRANCISCO W.; SGANZERLA, WILLIAM G.; BERNI, MAURO D.; FORSTER-CARNEIRO, TANIA. Waste management and bioenergy recovery from acai processing in the Brazilian Amazonian region: a perspective for a circular economy. BIOFUELS BIOPRODUCTS & BIOREFINING-BIOFPR, v. 15, n. 1, p. 37-46, . (18/05999-0, 18/14938-4, 19/26925-7)
ZIERO, HENRIQUE DI DOMENICO; AMPESE, LARISSA CASTRO; SGANZERLA, WILLIAM G.; TORRES-MAYANGA, PAULO C.; TIMKO, MICHAEL T.; MUSSATTO, I, SOLANGE; FORSTER-CARNEIRO, T.. Subcritical water hydrolysis of poultry feathers for amino acids production. JOURNAL OF SUPERCRITICAL FLUIDS, v. 181, . (18/14938-4, 19/26925-7, 18/05999-0)
SGANZERLA, WILLIAM GUSTAVO; LACHOS-PEREZ, DANIEL; BULLER, LUZ SELENE; ZABOT, GIOVANI L.; FORSTER-CARNEIRO, TANIA. ost analysis of subcritical water pretreatment of sugarcane straw and bagasse for second-generation bioethanol production: a case study in a sugarcane mil. BIOFUELS BIOPRODUCTS & BIOREFINING-BIOFPR, v. 16, n. 2, . (18/14938-4, 20/10323-5, 19/26925-7, 18/05999-0)
OLIVEIRA, T. C. G.; HANLON, K. E.; INTERLANDI, M. A.; TORRES-MAYANGA, P. C.; SILVELLO, M. A. C.; LACHOS-PEREZ, D.; TIMKO, M. T.; ROSTAGNO, M. A.; GOLDBECK, R.; FORSTER-CARNEIRO, T.. Subcritical water hydrolysis pretreatment of sugarcane bagasse to produce second generation ethanol. JOURNAL OF SUPERCRITICAL FLUIDS, v. 164, . (18/14582-5, 18/23835-4, 18/14938-4, 18/05999-0, 19/08542-3)
LACHOS-PEREZ, DANIEL; BULLER, LUZ S.; SGANZERLA, WILLIAM G.; ODY, LISSARA R.; ZABOT, GIOVANI L.; FORSTER-CARNEIRO, TANIA. Sequential hydrothermal process for production of flavanones and sugars from orange peel: an economic assessment. BIOFUELS BIOPRODUCTS & BIOREFINING-BIOFPR, v. 15, n. 1, p. 202-217, . (18/05999-0, 18/14938-4, 18/23835-4)
FERREIRA, SAMUEL FONTENELLE; BULLER, LUZ SELENE; BERNI, MAURO DONIZETI; BAJAY, SERGIO VALDIR; FORSTER-CARNEIRO, TANIA. An integrated approach to explore UASB reactors for energy recycling in pulp and paper industry: a case study in Brazil. BIOFUEL RESEARCH JOURNAL-BRJ, v. 6, n. 3, p. 1039+, . (18/14938-4, 18/05999-0, 11/19817-1)
SGANZERLA, WILLIAM GUSTAVO; ZABOT, GIOVANI LEONE; TORRES-MAYANGA, PAULO CESAR; BULLER, LUZ SELENE; MUSSATTO, I, SOLANGE; FORSTER-CARNEIRO, TANIA. Techno-economic assessment of subcritical water hydrolysis process for sugars production from brewer's spent grains. INDUSTRIAL CROPS AND PRODUCTS, v. 171, . (18/05999-0, 20/10323-5, 18/14938-4, 19/26925-7)

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PROCESSO PARA A PRODUÇÃO DE ETANOL SEGUNDA GERAÇÃO BR1020200179292 - Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP) . Tania Forster Carneiro ; Rosana Goldbeck ; Tatiane Cristina Gonçalves De Oliveira ; Paulo César Torres Mayanga ; Mauricio Ariel Rostagno ; Maria Augusta De Carvalho Silvello - September 2020, 02

PROCESSO DE TRATAMENTO DE RESÍDUOS SÓLIDOS COMPREENDENDO SEQUENCIAMENTO DE REATORES ANAERÓBICOS TIPO BATELADA E BR1020200237578 - Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP) . Tania Forster Carneiro ; Maria Paula Jiménez Castro ; Larissa Castro Ampese ; Luz Selene Buller ; William Gustavo Sganzerla - November 2020, 20

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