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Bioenergy by Anju Dahiya

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Chapter 12

Cellulosic Ethanol—Biofuel Beyond Corn

Nathan S. Mosier     Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA

Abstract

This chapter introduces cellulose as an ethanol feedstock, and describes the challenges in the production of cellulosic ethanol, related plant biotechnology, and the processes involved (pretreatment, hydrolysis, fermentation).

Keywords

Cellulosic; Challenges,; Ethanol; Feedstock; Processes

Introduction

Fuel ethanol production in the U.S. is expected to exceed 7.5 billion gallons before 2012. This represents a doubling of ethanol production from 2004, which consumed approximately 10% of the corn produced in the U.S. in that year. Increased demands for domestically produced liquid ...

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