Consolidated briefing of biochemical ethanol production from lignocellulosic biomass

Spyridon Achinas*, Gerrit Jan Willem Euverink

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Bioethanol production is one pathway for crude oil reduction and environmental compliance. Bioethanol can be used as fuel with significant characteristics like high octane number, low cetane number and high heat of vaporization. Its main drawbacks are the corrosiveness, low flame luminosity, lower vapor pressure, miscibility with water, and toxicity to ecosystems. One crucial problem with bioethanol fuel is the availability of raw materials. The supply of feedstocks for bioethanol production can vary season to season and depends on geographic locations. Lignocellulosic biomass, such as forest-based woody materials, agricultural residues and municipal waste, is prominent feedstock for bioethanol cause of its high availability and low cost, even though the commercial production has still not been established. In addition, the supply and the attentive use of microbes render the bioethanol production process highly peculiar. Many conversion technologies and techniques for biomass-based ethanol production are under development and expected to be demonstrated. In this work a technological analysis of the biochemical method that can be used to produce bioethanol is carried out and a review of current trends and issues is conducted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-53
JournalElectronic journal of biotechnology
Publication statusPublished - 1-Sept-2016


  • Bioconversion
  • Bioethanol
  • Fermentation
  • Hydrolysis
  • Renewable fuels

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