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Biogas production in integrated 1st and 2nd generation sugarcane biorrefineries: fundamentals and operational aspects of the process

Grant number: 16/16438-3
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: July 01, 2017 - June 30, 2020
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Sanitary Engineering - Water Supply and Wastewater Treatment
Principal Investigator:Bruna de Souza Moraes
Grantee:Bruna de Souza Moraes
Home Institution: Núcleo Interdisciplinar de Planejamento Energético (NIPE). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Assoc. researchers:Ariovaldo José da Silva ; Flavia Vischi Winck ; Tânia Forster Carneiro ; Telma Teixeira Franco
Associated scholarship(s):18/12970-8 - Biogas production from 1st and 2nd generation and pentoses liquor using experimental planning and response surface methodology, BP.TT


The increase of ethanol productivity and bioenergy generation in sugarcane biorefineries are some alternatives to alleviate the crisis in the sugar-ethanol sector facing the current political-economic scenario of the country. In this scenario, R&D efforts have been concentrated to the 2nd generation ethanol production (2G), obtained from bagasse resulting from the sugarcane milling used for the traditional 1st generation ethanol (1G). The integration of the 1st and 2nd generation ethanol production (1G2G) promotes the increase of biofuel productivity per hectare of planted sugarcane, as well as the liquid waste streams, especially vinasse (derived from ethanol distillation) and pentoses liquor (from bagasse pre-treatment for producing 2G ethanol). As a sustainable way to dispose such wastes, there is the possibility of biogas production from the digestion of these streams, which promotes their environmental suitability in addition to enable the generation of energy through the use of biogas, which must be previously purified. This approach stimulates the 2G ethanol production, since the energy from biogas enables the partial release of bagasse from cogeneration. Although there is research on the anaerobic digestion of traditional vinasse from sugarcane, the same is not true for vinasse and pentoses liquor generated in the 2G case, with considerable gaps in the literature. Thus, this research aims to investigate the anaerobic digestion of 1G2G vinasse and pentoses liquor under fundamental and operational aspects, with a view to contribute to the implementation and expansion of such sustainable technology. A new proposal of biogas purification, integrated to microalgae cultivation, will also be explored, aiming to expand the possibilities of added-value products obtainment within the sugarcane biorefineries concept. The development of this project should be one of the primary sources of knowledge for the Brazilian 1G2G ethanol production allied to environmental responsibility. (AU)

Scientific publications
(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)
FUESS, LUCAS TADEU; DOS SANTOS, GRACIETE MARY; DELFORNO, TIAGO PALLADINO; MORAES, BRUNA DE SOUZA; DA SILVA, ARIOVALDO JOSE. Biochemical butyrate production via dark fermentation as an energetically efficient alternative management approach for vinasse in sugarcane biorefineries. RENEWABLE ENERGY, v. 158, p. 3-12, OCT 2020. Web of Science Citations: 0.
MORAES, BRUNA DE SOUZA; DOS SANTOS, GRACIETE MARY; DELFORNO, TIAGO PALLADINO; FUESS, LUCAS TADEU; DA SILVA, ARIOVALDO JOSE. Enriched microbial consortia for dark fermentation of sugarcane vinasse towards value-added short-chain organic acids and alcohol production. Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering, v. 127, n. 5, p. 594-601, MAY 2019. Web of Science Citations: 2.
RODRIGUEZ, RENATA PIACENTINI; MANOCHIO, CAROLINA; MORAES, BRUNA DE SOUZA. Energy Integration of Biogas Production in an Integrated 1G2G Sugarcane Biorefinery: Modeling and Simulation. BioEnergy Research, v. 12, n. 1, p. 158-167, MAR 2019. Web of Science Citations: 1.

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