Refining Biomass Residues for Sustainable Energy and Bioproducts

Refining Biomass Residues for Sustainable Energy and Bioproducts

Technology, Advances, Life Cycle Assessment, and Economics

1st Edition - November 8, 2019

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  • Editors: R. Praveen Kumar, Edgard Gnansounou, Jegannathan Kenthorai Raman, Gurunathan Baskar
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128189979
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128189962

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The utilization of various types of biomass residue to produce products such as biofuels and biochemicals means biorefinery technology using biomass residues may become a one-stop solution to the increasing need for sustainable, non-fossil sources of energy and chemicals.Refining Biomass Residues for Sustainable Energy and Bioproducts: Technology, Advances, Life Cycle Assessment and Economics focuses on the various biorefineries currently available and discusses their uses, challenges, and future developments. This book introduces the concept of integrated biorefinery systems, as well as their operation and feedstock sourcing. It explores the specificities, current developments, and potential end products of various types of residue, from industrial and municipal to agricultural and marine, as well as residue from food industries. Sustainability issues are discussed at length, including life cycle assessment, economics, and cost analysis of different biorefinery models. In addition, a number of global case studies examine successful experiences in different regions.This book is an ideal resource for researchers and practitioners in the field of bioenergy and waste management who are looking to learn about technologies involved in residue biorefinery systems, how to reduce their environmental impacts, and how to ensure their commercial viability.

Key Features

  • Explores a range of different biorefinery categories, such as industrial, agricultural, and marine biomass residues
  • Includes a Life Cycle Assessment of biorefinery models, in addition to costs and market analysis.
  • Features case studies from around the world and is written by an international team of authors


Researchers in the field of bioenergy and waste management research. Students of Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Biochemical Engineering and fields related to renewable energy. Professionals working in bioenergy sector and environmental sector. Policy makers who wish to implement sustainable technologies

Table of Contents

  • Part I: Concept of integrated biorefinery systems for waste management
    1. Solid waste biorefinerie

    Part II: Sources and operation of waste biorefineries
    2. Bacterial production of fatty acid and biodiesel: opportunity and challenge
    3. Microbial-derived natural bioproducts for a sustainable environment: a bioprospective for waste to wealth
    4. Application of heterogeneous acid catalyst derived from biomass for biodiesel process intensification: a comprehensive review
    5. Sources and operation of waste biorefineries
    6. A Biorefinery approach towards development of renewable platform chemicals from sustainable biomass
    7. Biorefinery of microalgae biomass cultivated in wastewaters

    Part III: Industrial waste biorefineries
    8. Generation of bioenergy from industrial waste using microbial fuel cell technology for the sustainable future
    9. Assessment of crude glycerol utilization for sustainable development of biorefineries

    Part IV: Agroindustry waste biorefineries
    10. Sweet sorghum: a potential resource for bioenergy production
    11. Agroresidue-based biorefineries
    12. Effective utilization of sugarcane trash for energy production
    13. Potentials of postharvest rice crop residues as a source of biofuel
    14. Pretreatment of agroindustry waste by ozonolysis for synthesis of biorefinery products
    15. Bioenergy generation from agricultural wastes and enrichment of end products
    16. Agroindustry wastes: biofuels and biomaterials feedstocks for sustainable rural development

    Part V: Food Industry waste biorefineries

    17. Food industry waste biorefineries: future energy, valuable recovery, and waste treatment
    18. Food industry waste biorefineries
    19. Processing food waste for the production of platform chemicals

    Part VI: Marine waste biorefineries
    20. Marine biomass toward biofuel production
    21. Blue biotechnology: a vision for future marine biorefineries
    22. Bioconversion of marine waste biomass for biofuel and value-added products recovery

    Part VII: Life Cycle Assessment of waste biorefinery models
    23. Comparative life-cycle analysis of synthetic detergents and biosurfactants—an overview
    24. Life cycle assessment, technical and economical analyses of jatropha biodiesel for electricity generation in remote areas of cˆote d’Ivoire

    Part VIII: Economics and cost analysis of waste biorefineries
    25. Economics and cost analysis of waste biorefineries
    26. Process design, techno-economic, and life-cycle assessments of selected sugarcane-based biorefineries: a case study in the south african context

Product details

  • No. of pages: 642
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2019
  • Published: November 8, 2019
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128189979
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128189962

About the Editors

R. Praveen Kumar

Prof. Praveen Kumar Ramanujam is Head of the Biotechnology Department, Arunai Engineering College, Tamilnadu, India. He is also Director, Institute of Innovations, Tiruvannamalai. His area of research includes biorefineries, renewable energy from biomass and municipal waste. He has published a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals and registered for 4 patents, edited 4 books. Professor Praveen has chaired 4 International conferences and organized various national level symposiums and conferences. He is also lifetime member of several professional societies including Biotech Research Society of India (BRSI), Indian Institute of Chemical Engineering (IICHE), International Forum on Industrial Bioprocesses (IFIBiop), Biogas Forum of India (BigFin), Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE), Engineers Without Borders, India (EWB-India). He is serving as Management council member in BRSI and served as Vice-President in EWB-India, Chennai chapter.

Affiliations and Expertise

Head, Department of Biotechnology, Arunai Engineering College, Tamilnadu, India

Edgard Gnansounou

Edgard Gnansounou is Professor of modelling and planning of Energy Systems at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) where he is Director of the Bioenergy and Energy Planning Research Group. His current research works comprise techno-economic and environmental assessment of bio-refinery schemes based on conversion of agricultural residues. He is leading research projects in that field in several countries including Brazil, Colombia and South Africa. Edgard Gnansounou is credited with numerous papers in high impact scientific journals. He is member of the editorial board of Bioresource Technology. He graduated with a M.S. in Civil Engineering and Ph.D. in Energy Systems at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne. He was a visiting researcher at the Thayer College, Dartmouth School of Engineering with Professor Charles Wyman (USA), at Polytech of Clermont-Ferrand, University Blaise Pascal (France) and at the Center of Biofuels, the National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, Trivandrum (India). He was also a visiting Professor of the African University of Science of Technology (Abuja, Nigeria). He is a citizen of Benin (Africa) and Switzerland. Professor Ashok Pandey is Deputy Director at CSIR’s National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology at Trivandrum and heading the Centre for Biofuels and Biotechnology Division there. Professor Pandey’s research interests are on bio-based economy development (biomass-based biorefinery) for the production of fuels and chemicals. He has >1000 publications/communications, which include 14 patents & design copyright, 34 books, 100 book chapters, 380 original and review papers, etc with h index of 62 and >16,800 citation (Goggle scholar).

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Energy Systems Modeling, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland; Professor, Energy Supply Chain, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, Ben Guerir, Morocco

Jegannathan Kenthorai Raman

Dr. Jegannathan Kenthorai Raman is an expert in white biotechnology and environmental assessment field. He is a scientist at the Bioenergy and Energy Planning Research Group (BPE), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. He has versatile and varied experience of research, industry and teaching over 14 years. Dr. Raman’s research interests include biofuel, wealth from waste, catalysts, bioprocess engineering and the related life cycle assessment. His research work has culminated in over 45 research publications including chapters in books, critical reviews and presentations to his credit. He is an editorial board member and reviewer of many peer-reviewed journals.

Affiliations and Expertise

Scientist, Bioenergy and Energy Planning Research Group, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, Switzerland

Gurunathan Baskar

Dr Baskar Gurunathan is Professor of Biotechnology in St. Joseph’s College of Engineering, Chennai, India. He has published more than 150 research and review articles in National and International Journals, 15 book chapters, and 3 books. He has delivered invited lectures and chaired technical sessions in national and international conferences. His current research areas are biofuels and bioenergy, nanocatalysis, therapeutic proteins, industrial enzymes and nanomedicine. He is the editorial board member of several journals, recipient of Outstanding Reviewer Awards from various Elsevier Journals. He has received Outstanding Researcher in Renewable Energy Award from the Indian Society for Technical Education, New Delhi in 2016 and Young Scientist Award 2015 from the International Bioprocessing Association, France in 2017. Recently he received the ‘Prof S B Chincholkar Memorial Award 2019’ of the Biotech Research Society, India for his outstanding work in the area of Biofuels and Food Biotechnology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Department of Biotechnology, St. Joseph's College of Engineering, Chennai, India

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