Agro Food Wastes and Innovative Pretreatments to Meet Biofuel Demand in Europe

Alessandra Procentese*, Francesca Raganati, Giuseppe Olivieri, Maria Elena Russo, Marco De La Feld, Antonio Marzocchella

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The use of agricultural residues (AR) and agro-food waste (AFW) as potential feedstocks for the production of second-generation ethanol and butanol is reviewed. The maximum biofuel production rate from AR and AFW was estimated on the basis of the feedstock availability rate, the average composition, and the biofuel yields reported in the literature. According to the estimations, the contribution of ethanol and butanol to current European biofuel accounts could be 32 and 23 % if traditional pretreatments are applied, and 40 and 19 % if they are produced by innovative pretreatments, respectively. Finally, the analysis was applied to a local scenario (Campania, Italy), with a view to potential decentralized exploitation of AR and AFW.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)954-961
JournalChemical Engineering and Technology
Issue number5
Early online date15 Feb 2019
Publication statusPublished - May 2019


  • Agro-food wastes
  • Biofuels
  • Biorefineries
  • Lignocellulose
  • Pretreatment


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