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Handbook of Biofuels Production, 2nd Edition by James Clark, Karen Wilson, Carol Ki Lin, Rafael Luque

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Production of bioalcohols via gasification

J.M.N. van Kasteren     CAH Vilentum University of Applied Sciences, Dronten, The Netherlands

Abstract

This chapter enlightens and discusses the developments and possibilities in the field of alcohol production via synthesis gas based on biomass feedstocks. The most promising alcohol production technologies based on biomass gasification are believed to be the catalytic and biocatalytic routes. Alcohol production via synthesis gas is common practice for methanol, but not for higher alcohols. A bio-based synthesis gas to methanol process is being performed in the Netherlands in which (waste) glycerin from biodiesel plants is gasified into syngas. An alternative route to produce methanol would be to use ...

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