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A Biorefinery Concept Incorporating Advanced Pretreatment and Consolidated Processing of Cellulose to Ethanol

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The strategies discussed in this roadmap are based on first developing technologies to allow more energy efficient and chemically benign enzymatic pretreatment. Saccharification and fermentation would be consolidated into a simple step and ultimately into a single organism or stable mixed culture (consolidated bioprocessing), thus removing multiple whole steps in converting biomass to ethanol (see next figure in set).

Credit or Source: Adapted from M. Himmel and J. Sheehan, National Renewable Energy Laboratory.


U.S. DOE. 2006. Breaking the Biological Barriers to Cellulosic Ethanol: A Joint Research Agenda, DOE/SC/EE-0095, U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science and Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. (p. 15) (website)

Prepared by the Biological and Environmental Research Information System, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, genomicscience.energy.gov/ and genomics.energy.gov/.