Alternative Feedstocks and Conversion Processes

Edited by

  • Ashok Pandey, CSIR, National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, Trivandrum, India
  • Christian Larroche, Blaise Pascal University, Aubiére Cedex, France
  • Steven Ricke, Food Science Department, Division of Agriculture, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, USA
  • Claude-Gilles Dussap, Polytech Clermont-Ferrand, Blaise Pascal University, Aubiére Cedex, France
  • Edgard Gnansounou, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Global concern for energy security and environmental protection has put great emphasis on the search for alternative energy sources, particularly for the transport sector. Biofuels have emerged as a highly promising source of alternative energy, and have drawn global R&D for their production using biomass.

With the increasing worldwide demand of energy along with the depletion of conventional fossil fuel reserves, there has been growing global interest in developing alternative sources of energy. There has also been concern in growing economies regarding energy security. Biofuels offer much promise on these frontiers. In addition to the above, they also have a reduced environmental impact in comparison to fossil fuels. Biofuels provides state-of-the-art information on the status of biofuel production and related aspects.

View full description


Chemical Engineers, Biotechnologists, microbiologists/biologists, Agricultural Chemists, Environmental Engineers, Petroleum Engineers and graduate and postgraduate students in these areas: The main interest of this group is research and development of new processes and they are located in research labs in A&G and industry


Book information

  • Published: July 2011
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-385099-7


"Intended for post-graduate students and researchers in applied biology, biotechnology and chemical engineering, this guide to state of the art of biofuel processes and techniques showcases current scholarship and real world implementations of this important and emerging alternative energy technology. The volume is divided into sections covering general principles of biorefining, production of bioethanol from feedstocks, production of biodiesel from vegetable oils, production of biofuels from algae, biohydrogen and biobutanol and other green fuels and individual chapters address specific aspects of the production process, raw materials, and assessments of the efficiency and practicality of each technology."--SciTech Book News

Table of Contents

Section I: General
1. Principles of biorefining (F. Cherubini and A.H. Stromman)
2. Life-cycle assessment of biofuels (E. Gnansounou and A. Dauriat)
3. Thermochemical conversion of biomass to biofuels (T. Bhaskar, B. Balagurumurthy, R. Singh, D.V. Naik, A. Kumar, H.B. Goyal)
4. Biomass-derived syngas fermentation into biofuels (P.C. Munasinghe and S.K. Khanal)
Section II: Production of bioethanol from lignocellulosic feedstocks
5. Lignocellulosic bioethanol: current status and future perspectives (C.R. Soccol, V. Faraco, S. Karp, L.P.S. Vandenberghe,V. Thomaz-Soccol, A. Woiciechowski and A. Pandey)
6. Technoeconomic analysis of lignocellulosic ethanol (E. Gnansounou and A. Dauriat)
7. Pretreatment technologies for lignocellulose-to-bioethanol conversion (E. Tomas-Pejo, P. Alvira, M. Ballesteros and M.J. Negro)
8. Production of celluloytic enzymes for the hydrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass (R.R. Singhania)
9. Production of hemicellulolytic enzymes for hydrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass (S. Manju and B. Singh Chadha)
10. Hydrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass for bioethanol production (P. Binod, K. Janu, R. Sindhu and A. Pandey)
11. Production of bioethanol from agroindustrial residues as feedstocks (J.A. Quintero, L.E. Rincon and C.A. Cardona)
12. Fermentation inhibitors in ethanol processes and different strategies to reduce their effects (M.J. Taherzadeh and K. Karimi)
Section IIIA: Production of biodiesel from vegetable oils
13. Biotechnological methods to produce biodiesel (D.M. Guimaraes Freire, J.S. de Sousa  and  E. d’Avila Cavalcanti-Oliveira)
14. Biodiesel production in supercritical fluids (Kok Tat Tan and Keat Teong Lee)
15. Production of biodiesel using palm oil (Man Kee Lam and Keat Teong Lee)
16. Biodiesel production from waste oils (Lien-Huong Huynh, Novy S. Kasim and Yi-Hsu Ju)
Section IIIB: Production of biofuels from algae
17. Production of biodiesel from algal biomass: current perspectives and future (Yi-Feng Chen and Qingyu Wu) 
18. Overview and assessment of algal biofuels production technologies (G.S. Murthy)
19. Cultivation of algae in photobioreactors for biodiesel production (J. Pruvost) 
Section IV: Production of biohydrogen
20. Production of biohydrogen: current perspectives and future prospects (Kuan-Yeow Show, Duu-Jong Lee and Zhen-Peng Zhang)
21. Biohydrogen production from bio-oil (A. Kumar and S. Sarkar)
22. Biohydrogen production from industrial effluents (S. Venkata Mohan, G. Mohanakrishna and S. Srikanth)
23. Thermophilic biohydrogen production (D. Karakashev and I. Angelidaki)
24. Biohydrogen production with high-rate bioreactors (Wen-Wei Li and Han-Qing Yu)
Section V: Production of biobuutanol and other green fuels
25. Butanol fuel from Biomass: Revisiting ABE fermentation (R.K. Sukumaran, L.D. Gottumukkala, K. Rajasree, D. Alex and A. Pandey)
26. Production of green liquid hydrocarbon fuels (A. Ray and A. Anumakonda)