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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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Research Project: Xylo-Oligosaccharides and Ethanol from Miscanthus: Sustainable Production of Biofuels

Location: Bioenergy Research Unit

Project Number: 5010-41000-161-02
Project Type: Specific Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Aug 31, 2010
End Date: Aug 31, 2015

Objective:
To demonstrate that fractionation of biomass to produce an enriched xylan stream is compatible with cellulose conversion into ethanol and, furthermore, with high conversion efficiencies.

Approach:
1. The generated material will be enzymatically hydrolyzed using commercial cellulases and fermented into ethanol using Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast. 2. A carbohydrate and ethanol mass balance will be set up around the incoming biomass and outgoing ethanol; this balance will be used to solve the process efficiency for conversion of biomass into ethanol.

Last Modified: 10/21/2014
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