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Subcritical hydrolysis and anaerobic digestion for the production of sugars and biogas from apple pomace from juice processing

Grant number: 21/03950-6
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctoral
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2022
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Food Science and Technology - Food Engineering
Principal Investigator:Tânia Forster Carneiro
Grantee:Josiel Martins Costa
Host Institution: Faculdade de Engenharia de Alimentos (FEA). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:18/14938-4 - Waste2energy: integration of supercritical technologies and anaerobic digestion through an automated system for the production of biofuel precursors, AP.JP2
Associated scholarship(s):23/01685-9 - Biocompatible ionic liquids for recovering high-added value by-products from apple pomace (Malus domestica), BE.EP.PD


The demand for technologies for converting biomass and reusing waste has put pressure on the industrial products sector to increasingly invest in innovations aimed at generating new products with high-energy use. In this context, subcritical water technology is recognized as a clean and sustainable process for obtaining bioactive compounds and sugars from byproducts of plant matrix processing and dry anaerobic digestion, which values wastewater and solid waste for the biogas production. Therefore, the development of processes that further enhance solid waste's technological characteristics has received much attention from the global production sector. Based on this scenario, this project's objective is to use an integrated system of subcritical hydrolysis and anaerobic digestion to treat solid residues from the apple processing industry (Malus domestica), aiming the production of high added value sugars and biogas. The pectin extraction also will be analyzed. The pre-treatment of apple pomace by hydrolysis with subcritical water will be evaluated for the production of xylose, arabinose, fructose, and others. The biochar obtained after the hydrolysis step will be evaluated as adsorbent material in an adsorption column for the 5-hydroxymethylfurfural and furfural fermentation inhibitors. The operation of the anaerobic bioreactor using the hydrolyzate as a substrate will result in biogas production. All the processes used in obtaining the co-products will be evaluated technically and economically. Therefore, the integration of these technologies can contribute to the decarbonization of the energy matrix, support the transition to a circular economy, based on the reduction, reuse, recovery, and recycling of energy, with environmental, social, and economic benefits for the local and regional sustainable development. (AU)

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Scientific publications (7)
(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)
COSTA, JOSIEL MARTINS; FORSTER-CARNEIRO, TANIA. Valorization of apple pomace by-products from the juice processing industry using pressurized liquid technology. JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMICAL ENGINEERING, v. 11, n. 5, p. 10-pg., . (18/14938-4, 21/03950-6)
COSTA, JOSIEL MARTINS; STRIEDER, MONIQUE MARTINS; SALDANA, MARLENY D. A.; ROSTAGNO, MAURICIO ARIEL; FORSTER-CARNEIRO, TANIA. Recent Advances in the Processing of Agri-food By-products by Subcritical Water. Food and Bioprocess Technology, v. N/A, p. 20-pg., . (18/14582-5, 18/14938-4, 21/12264-9, 21/03950-6)
COSTA, JOSIEL MARTINS; AMPESE, LARISSA CASTRO; ZIERO, HENRIQUE DI DOMENICO; SGANZERLA, WILLIAM GUSTAVO; FORSTER-CARNEIRO, TANIA. Apple pomace biorefinery: Integrated approaches for the production of bioenergy, biochemicals, and value-added products - An updated review. JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMICAL ENGINEERING, v. 10, n. 5, p. 12-pg., . (21/03950-6, 18/14938-4)
AMPESE, LARISSA CASTRO; SGANZERLA, WILLIAM GUSTAVO; ZIERO, HENRIQUE DI DOMENICO; COSTA, JOSIEL MARTINS; MARTINS, GILBERTO; FORSTER-CARNEIRO, TANIA. Valorization of apple pomace for biogas production: a leading anaerobic biorefinery approach for a circular bioeconomy. BIOMASS CONVERSION AND BIOREFINERY, v. N/A, p. 15-pg., . (18/14938-4, 19/26925-7, 21/03950-6)
STRIEDER, MONIQUE MARTINS; PINAS, JEAN AGUSTIN VELASQUEZ; AMPESE, LARISSA CASTRO; COSTA, JOSIEL MARTINS; CARNEIRO, TANIA FORSTER; ROSTAGNO, MAURICIO ARIEL. Coffee biorefinery: The main trends associated with recovering valuable compounds from solid coffee residues. JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION, v. 415, p. 16-pg., . (21/08696-0, 21/03950-6, 18/14582-5, 19/13496-0, 18/14938-4, 21/12264-9)
SGANZERLA, WILLIAM GUSTAVO; COSTA, JOSIEL MARTINS; TENA-VILLARES, MIRIAM; BULLER, LUZ SELENE; MUSSATTO, SOLANGE I.; FORSTER-CARNEIRO, TANIA. Dry Anaerobic Digestion of Brewer's Spent Grains toward a More Sustainable Brewery: Operational Performance, Kinetic Analysis, and Bioenergy Potential. FERMENTATION-BASEL, v. 9, n. 1, p. 15-pg., . (19/26925-7, 21/03950-6, 18/14938-4, 20/10323-5)
BULLER, LUZ SELENE; AMPESE, LARISSA CASTRO; COSTA, JOSIEL MARTINS; FORSTER-CARNEIRO, TANIA. Revalorization of industrial by-products from frozen concentrated orange juice for a circular economy. BIOMASS CONVERSION AND BIOREFINERY, v. N/A, p. 10-pg., . (20/10323-5, 18/14938-4, 21/03950-6)

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