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Sustainable Biofuels - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128202975, 9780128223925

Sustainable Biofuels

1st Edition

Opportunities and Challenges

Editor: Ramesh Ray
Paperback ISBN: 9780128202975
eBook ISBN: 9780128223925
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 7th April 2021
Page Count: 502
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Table of Contents

1. Sustainable biofuels: opportunities and challenges
Preshanthan Moodley
1.1 Introduction
1.2 Feedstocks for biofuels
1.3 Sustainable biofuels
1.4 Life cycle assessment and techno-economic analysis of
biofuel production
1.5 Current advances in sustainable biofuels
1.6 Current challenges in sustainable biofuels
1.7 Concluding remarks and future prospects
2. Lignocellulosic biorefineries: the path forward
Preshanthan Moodley and Cristina Trois
2.1 Introduction
2.2 Structure and composition of lignocellulose
2.3 Lignocellulosic feedstocks
2.4 Pretreatment
2.5 Cellulases and saccharification
2.6 Biofuels from lignocelluloses
2.7 Fermentation modes and consolidated bioprocesses
2.8 Synthetic biology and engineering for enhancing
biofuel production
2.9 Current status of lignocellulosic biorefineries
2.10 Economic outlook, global trends, and future prospects
3. Process consolidation approaches for cellulosic ethanol production
Abhishek Joshi, Bhanupriya Kanthaliya, Supriya Meena, Farhana Khan and Jaya Arora
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Consolidated bioprocessing for cellulosic ethanol production
3.3 Processing of lignocellulosic biomass to ethanol
3.4 Sustainability of the production of cellulosic ethanol
3.5 Concluding remarks and future perspectives
4. Recent advancements in biofuels production with a special
attention to fungi
Yehia A.-G. Mahmoud and Eman H.F. Abd El-Zaher
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Different types and generations of biofuels
4.3 Competence of fungi in organic wastes biodegradation
and biofuels production
4.4 Filamentous fungi and biofuels
4.5 Higher fungi and biofuel
4.6 The potential of fungi as consolidated bioprocessing agents
4.7 Genetic manipulation of fungi for biofuels production
4.8 Techno-economic aspects of biofuel production
4.9 Life cycle analysis
4.10 Key challenges in fungi-mediated biofuel production
4.11 Conclusion and future perspectives
5. Advances in biofuels and by-products from lignin
Jose´ Antonio Pe´rez-Pimienta, E. Emilia Rios-Del Toro,
H.J. Amezquita-Garcia and Carlos Escamilla-Alvarado
5.1 Introduction
5.2 Fundamentals of lignin structure and characterization
5.3 Biofuels and bioproducts from lignin
5.4 Integration of lignin technologies in biorefinery
5.5 Techno-economic feasibility and life cycle analysis
5.6 Future perspectives and conclusion
6. Advanced and sustainable biodiesel fuels: technologies and
Andrew C. Eloka-Eboka and Samuel Maroa
6.1 Introduction
6.2 Biodiesel processing technologies and applications
6.3 Biodiesel feedstocks
6.4 Biodiesel feedstock generations
6.5 Concept of advanced and sustainable biodiesel
6.6 Hybridization of biodiesel feedstocks
6.7 New technology of bioprocessing
6.8 Overview of future prospect and development
6.9 Summary
Further reading
7. Biobutanol from lignocellulosic biomass and microalgae:
scope, technology, and economics
C. Trilokesh and Kiran Babu Uppuluri
7.1 Introduction
7.2 Lignocellulosic feedstock: availability and usage
7.3 Microalgae-based butanol
7.4 Techno-economic analysis (TEA) and life cycle assessment
7.5 Conclusion
Further reading
8. A technological outlook of biokerosene production
Spyridon Achinas, Sebastian Margry and Gerrit Jan Willem Euverink
8.1 Introduction
8.2 Methodology
8.3 Literature review
8.4 Discussion
8.5 Conclusion
9. Production of renewable aviation fuel at industrial scale:
opportunities and challenges
Claudia Gutie´rrez-Antonio
9.1 Introduction
9.2 Raw materials for the production of aviation biofuel
9.3 Certified processes for the production of synthetic paraffinic
9.4 Current research and developments related to biokerosene
9.5 Advances in commercialization of renewable aviation fuel
9.6 Supply chain for the production of biojet fuel
9.7 Opportunities and challenges for the establishment of
biojet fuel supply chain
9.8 Conclusion
10. Techno-economic and life cycle assessment review of
sustainable aviation fuel produced via biomass gasification
Maria Fernanda Rojas Michaga, Stavros Michailos,
Kevin J. Hughes, Derek Ingham and Mohamed Pourkashanian
10.1 Introduction: overview of the aviation sector
10.2 Sustainable aviation fuel
10.3 Biogenic feedstocks
10.4 Conversion and upgrading processes
10.5 Chemical properties of synthetic jet fuel
10.6 Review of techno-economic studies (techno-economic analysis)
10.7 Review of life cycle assessment studies
10.8 Complementary methodologies for the techno-economic
analysis and life cycle assessment studies
10.9 Future prospects and concluding remarks
11. Biogas, biohydrogen, and polyhydroxyalkanoates production from
organic waste in the circular economy context
Kaoutar Aboudi, Luis A. Ferna´ndez-Gu¨elfo, Carlos J. A´lvarez-Gallego and Luis I. Romero-Garcı´a
11.1 Introduction
11.2 Characteristics of anaerobic digestion process
11.3 Methane production
11.4 Biohydrogen production
11.5 Polyhydroxyalkanoates
11.6 Techno-economic feasibility of the anaerobic digestion
11.7 Cases studies
11.8 Life cycle analysis
11.9 Future perspectives and conclusions
Further reading
12. Effects of public policies on the sustainability of the
biofuels value chain
Noe´ Aguilar-Rivera, Christian Michel-Cuello, Jose´ Juan Cervantes-Nin˜o, Fernando C. Go´mez-Merino and Luis Alberto Olvera-Vargas
12.1 Introduction
12.2 Worldwide inductive factors for the production of biofuels from biomass
12.3 Technologies, pathways, and developments of the sustainable
and competitive production of biofuels
12.4 Socioeconomic, political, spatial, technological, and environmental impacts of the transition to a
biofuel economy
12.5 The role of global policies of sustainability, bioeconomy, and green products in the production of biofuels and the
diversified use of their by-products
12.6 Life cycle analysis and global policies of sustainability,
bioeconomy, and green products
12.7 Development of domestic public policies, success stories,
and constraints for the transition
12.8 Mexico: hegemony of fossil fuels and minimal advances in
12.9 Conclusions: environmental sustainability as a basis for the development of biofuels
13. A relook on the biofuels: how can industrial processes
underpin the drive for sustainable development?
Spyridon Achinas, Vasileios Achinas and Gerrit Jan Willem Euverink
13.1 Introduction
13.2 Methodology
13.3 Biofuel production processes
13.4 Biofuels and sustainable development
13.5 Biofuel prospects and key challenges
13.6 Conclusion
14. Advances, challenges, and opportunities in genetic engineering for
biofuels production
Francisco Javier Rı´os-Fra´nquez, Carlos Antonio Alba-Fierro and Carlos Escamilla-Alvarado
14.1 Introduction
14.2 Microbial metabolic engineering for biofuels production
14.3 Genome edition approaches
14.4 Genetic modification of substrates
14.5 Emergent biofuels
14.6 Economic aspects
14.7 Conclusion and perspectives
15. Potential uses of halophytes for biofuel production:
Opportunities and challenges
Sudhanshu S. Behera and S. Ramachandran
15.1 Introduction
15.2 Selected halophytic plants for renewable source of biofuels
15.3 Cell constituents for biofuel
15.4 World scenario of biofuels from halophytes
15.5 Conversion of lignocellulosic biomass (halophytes)
15.6 Halophytes for biofuel
15.7 Socioeconomic and policy issues
15.8 Conclusion and future aspects
16. Algal biofuels—technologies, scope, opportunities, challenges,
and applications
Andrew C. Eloka-Eboka, Samuel Maroa and Shuvashish Behera
16.1 Introduction
16.2 Algal cultivation
16.3 Factors affecting algal biomass production
16.4 Algal biofuels production and applications
16.5 Economic assessment and future prospects
16.6 Conclusion
Further reading


Sustainable Biofuels: Opportunities and challenges, a volume in the “Applied Biotechnology Reviews” series, explores the state-of-the-art in research and applied technology for the conversion of all types of biofuels. Its chapters span a broad spectrum of knowledge, from fundamentals and technical aspects to optimization, combinations, economics, and environmental aspects. They cover various facets of research, production, and commercialization of bioethanol, biodiesel, biomethane, biohydrogen, biobutanol, and biojet fuel. This book discusses biochemical, thermochemical, and hydrothermal conversion of unconventional feedstocks, including the role of biotechnology applications to achieve efficiency and competitiveness. Through case studies, techno-economic analysis and sustainability assessment, including life cycle assessment, it goes beyond technical aspects to provides actual resources for better decision-making during the development of commercially viable technology by researchers, PhD students, and practitioners in the field of bioenergy. It is also a useful resource for those in adjacent areas, such as biotechnology, industrial microbiology, chemical engineering, environmental engineering, and sustainability science, who are working on solutions for the bioeconomy. The ability to compare different technologies and their outcome that this book provides is also beneficial for energy analysts, consultants, planners, and policy-makers.

The “Applied Biotechnology Reviews” series highlights current development and research in biotechnology-related fields, combining in single-volume works the theoretical aspects and real-world applications for better decision-making.

Key Features

    • Covers current technologies and advancements in biochemical, thermochemical, and hydrothermal conversion methods for production of various types of biofuels from conventional and nonconventional feedstock
    • Examines biotechnology processes, including genetic engineering of microorganisms and substrates, applied to biofuel production
    • Bridges the gap between technology development and prospects of commercialization of bioprocesses, including policy and economics of biofuel production, biofuel value chains, and how to accomplish cost-competitive results and sustainable development


    Researchers, graduate students and engineering professionals in the field of bioenergy, biotechnology, industrial microbiology, chemical engineering, environmental engineering, and sustainability science


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    About the Editor

    Ramesh Ray

    Dr. Ramesh C. Ray is a former Principal Scientist (Microbiology) and Head of the ICAR- Central Tuber Crops Research Institute (Regional Centre), Bhubaneswar, India. He has 35 years of research experiences in agriculture and food microbiology, published 140 research and review papers in international journals, 63 books chapters, edited 14 books and authored 3 books and received more than 4400 citations. He has more than 40 research papers, book chapters and review articles concerning lactic fermentation of roots and tuber crops (please see the CV). He is a distinguished fellow of the prestigious National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi, India and 10 other scientific societies. Currently, he is Director of Centre for Food Biology & Environmental Studies, a non-government organization at Bhubaneswar, India.

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Director, Centre for Food Biology & Environment Studies, 1071/17, Jagamohan Nagar, Bhubaneswar 751 019, INDIA