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Environmental impact assessment of different sugarrcane biorefinery configurations with integral use of biomass

Grant number: 10/17139-3
Support type:Program for Research on Bioenergy (BIOEN) - Young Investigators Grants
Duration: September 01, 2011 - August 31, 2016
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Chemical Engineering
Principal Investigator:Otavio Cavalett
Grantee:Otavio Cavalett
Home Institution: Centro Nacional de Pesquisa em Energia e Materiais (CNPEM). Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia, Inovações e Comunicações (Brasil). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Assoc. researchers: Alexandre Monteiro Souza ; Antonio Maria Francisco Luiz Jose Bonomi ; Henrique Coutinho Junqueira Franco ; João Luís Nunes Carvalho ; Mateus Ferreira Chagas ; Tassia Lopes Junqueira ; Terezinha de Fátima Cardoso

Abstract

Replacement of fossil fuels by biofuels has been considered an extremely important alternative in the transition process to a economy based in higher proportion of renewable resources in several countries. It is recognized that large-scale production of ethanol, sugar and electricity from sugar cane in Brazil presents environmental, economic and energy security benefits. However, new production routes for sugarcane biorefinery also considering integral use of sugarcane biomass become more and more important for the strategic plans of bioenergy production expansion in Brazil. Extensive studies of the environmental impacts of these new biorefineries are extremely important as the different routes/alternatives for use of lignocellulosic material contained in the sugarcane trash (bagasse and straw) are still not consolidated. These studies will require research, development and innovation internationally competitive and with high scientific and technical levels to ensure sustainable production of the various products from sugarcane biorefinery. In this sense, this research project will contribute to this scientific and technological demand evaluating the environmental impacts of different alternatives/routes for ethanol, co-products and derivatives production in a sugarcane biorefinery including processes for integral use of available biomass. This assessment is based on the integration of Life Cycle Assessment with a simulation platform and will contribute to the constructions of a tool so called "Virtual Sugarcane Biorefinery". (AU)

Scientific publications (9)
(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)
SOUZA, ALEXANDRE; BARBOSA WATANABE, MARCOS DJUN; CAVALETT, OTAVIO; LIE UGAYA, CASSIA MARIA; BONOMI, ANTONIO. Social life cycle assessment of first and second-generation ethanol production technologies in Brazil. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT, v. 23, n. 3, p. 617-628, MAR 2018. Web of Science Citations: 7.
CAVALETT, OTAVIO; CHAGAS, MATEUS F.; JUNQUEIRA, TASSIA L.; WATANABE, MARCOS D. B.; BONOMI, ANTONIO. Environmental impacts of technology learning curve for cellulosic ethanol in Brazil. INDUSTRIAL CROPS AND PRODUCTS, v. 106, n. SI, p. 31-39, NOV 1 2017. Web of Science Citations: 6.
WATANABE, MARCOS D. B.; CHAGAS, MATEUS F.; CAVALETT, OTAVIO; GUILHOTO, JOAQUIM J. M.; GRIFFIN, W. MICHAEL; CUNHA, MARCELO P.; BONOMI, ANTONIO. Hybrid Input-Output Life Cycle Assessment of First- and Second-Generation Ethanol Production Technologies in Brazil. JOURNAL OF INDUSTRIAL ECOLOGY, v. 20, n. 4, p. 764-774, AUG 2016. Web of Science Citations: 11.
CHAGAS, MATEUS F.; BORDONAL, RICARDO O.; CAVALETT, OTAVIO; CARVALHO, JOAO LUIS N.; BONOMI, ANTONIO; LA SCALA, JR., NEWTON. Environmental and economic impacts of different sugarcane production systems in the ethanol biorefinery. BIOFUELS BIOPRODUCTS & BIOREFINING-BIOFPR, v. 10, n. 1, p. 89-106, JAN-FEB 2016. Web of Science Citations: 14.
CARDOSO, T. F.; CHAGAS, M. F.; RIVERA, E. C.; CAVALETT, O.; MORAIS, E. R.; GERALDO, V. C.; BRAUNBECK, O.; DA CUNHA, M. P.; CORTEZ, L. A. B.; BONOMI, A. A vertical integration simplified model for straw recovery as feedstock in sugarcane biorefineries. BIOMASS & BIOENERGY, v. 81, p. 216-223, OCT 2015. Web of Science Citations: 11.
DE SOUZA DIAS, MARINA OLIVEIRA; MACIEL FILHO, RUBENS; MANTELATTO, PAULO EDUARDO; CAVALETT, OTAVIO; VAZ ROSSELL, CARLOS EDUARDO; BONOMI, ANTONIO; LIMA VERDE LEAL, MANOEL REGIS. Sugarcane processing for ethanol and sugar in Brazil. ENVIRONMENTAL DEVELOPMENT, v. 15, p. 35-51, JUL 2015. Web of Science Citations: 47.
PEREIRA, LUCAS G.; CHAGAS, MATEUS F.; DIAS, MARINA O. S.; CAVALETT, OTAVIO; BONOMI, ANTONIO. Life cycle assessment of butanol production in sugarcane biorefineries in Brazil. JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION, v. 96, n. SI, p. 557-568, JUN 1 2015. Web of Science Citations: 32.
DIAS, MARINA O. S.; PEREIRA, LUCAS G.; JUNQUEIRA, TASSIA L.; PAVANELLO, LUCAS G.; CHAGAS, MATEUS F.; CAVALETT, OTAVIO; MACIEL FILHO, RUBENS; BONOMI, ANTONIO. Butanol production in a sugarcane biorefinery using ethanol as feedstock. Part I: Integration to a first generation sugarcane distillery. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING RESEARCH & DESIGN, v. 92, n. 8, SI, p. 1441-1451, AUG 2014. Web of Science Citations: 24.
PEREIRA, LUCAS G.; DIAS, MARINA O. S.; JUNQUEIRA, TASSIA L.; PAVANELLO, LUCAS G.; CHAGAS, MATEUS F.; CAVALETT, OTAVIO; MACIEL FILHO, RUBENS; BONOMI, ANTONIO. Butanol production in a sugarcane biorefinery using ethanol as feedstock. Part II: Integration to a second generation sugarcane distillery. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING RESEARCH & DESIGN, v. 92, n. 8, SI, p. 1452-1462, AUG 2014. Web of Science Citations: 15.

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