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Investigation of uncertainties associated with the production of n-butanol through ethanol catalysis in sugarcane biorefineries

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Pereira, Lucas G. [1] ; Dias, Marina O. S. [2] ; MacLean, Heather L. [3, 4, 5] ; Bonomi, Antonio [1, 6]
Total Authors: 4
[1] Brazilian Bioethanol Sci & Technol Lab CTBE CNPEM, Campinas, SP - Brazil
[2] Fed Univ Sao Paulo ICT UNIFESP, Inst Sci & Technol, Sao Jose Dos Campos, SP - Brazil
[3] Univ Toronto, Dept Civil Engn, Toronto, ON - Canada
[4] Univ Toronto, Dept Chem Engn & Appl Chem, Toronto, ON - Canada
[5] Univ Toronto, Sch Publ Policy & Governance, Toronto, ON - Canada
[6] Univ Campinas FEQ UNICAMP, Sch Chem Engn, Campinas, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 6
Document type: Journal article
Source: Bioresource Technology; v. 190, p. 242-250, AUG 2015.
Web of Science Citations: 8

This study evaluated the viability of n-butanol production integrated within a first and second generation sugarcane biorefinery. The evaluation included a deterministic analysis as well as a stochastic approach, the latter using Monte Carlo simulation. Results were promising for n-butanol production in terms of revenues per tonne of processed sugarcane, but discouraging with respect to internal rate of return (IRR). The uncertainty analysis determined there was high risk involved in producing n-butanol and co-products from ethanol catalysis. It is unlikely that these products and associated production route will be financially attractive in the short term without lower investment costs, supportive public policies and tax incentives coupled with biofuels' production strategies. (C) 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 13/20308-0 - Investigation of uncertainties associated with the production of butanol in sugarcane biorefineries: techno-economic and marketing challenges
Grantee:Lucas Gonçalves Pereira
Support type: Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Post-doctor
FAPESP's process: 12/15192-0 - Economic and environmental multi-criteria approach to assess the viability of the biobutanol production in a Brazilian sugarcane biorefinery
Grantee:Lucas Gonçalves Pereira
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate