Literature review of physical and chemical pretreatment processes for lignocellulosic biomass

P.F.H. Harmsen, W. Huijgen, L. Bermudez, R. Bakker

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    Abstract

    Different pretreatment technologies published in public literature are described in terms of the mechanisms involved, advantages and disadvantages, and economic assessment. Pretreatment technologies for lignocellulosic biomass include biological, mechanical, chemical methods and various combinations thereof. The choice of the optimum pretreatment process depends very much on the objective of the biomass pretreatment, its economic assessment and environmental impact. Only a small number of pretreatment methods has been reported as being potentially cost-effective thus far. These include steam explosion, liquid hot water, concentrated acid hydrolysis and dilute acid pretreatments.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationWageningen
    PublisherWageningen UR - Food & Biobased Research
    Number of pages54
    ISBN (Print)9789085857570
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

    Publication series

    NameReport / Wageningen UR, Food & Biobased Research
    PublisherWageningen UR Food & Biobased Research
    No.1184

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    Keywords

    • literature reviews
    • lignocellulose
    • biomass
    • pretreatment
    • bioenergy
    • biomass conversion
    • biobased economy

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    Harmsen, P. F. H., Huijgen, W., Bermudez, L., & Bakker, R. (2010). Literature review of physical and chemical pretreatment processes for lignocellulosic biomass. (Report / Wageningen UR, Food & Biobased Research; No. 1184). Wageningen: Wageningen UR - Food & Biobased Research.