Biotechnology Letters

, Volume 8, Issue 10, pp 749–752

SO2-catalysed prehydrolysis of coniferous wood for ethanol production

  • Morris Wayman
  • Sarad Parekh
  • Esteban Chornet
  • Ralph P. Overend
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF01032576

Cite this article as:
Wayman, M., Parekh, S., Chornet, E. et al. Biotechnol Lett (1986) 8: 749. doi:10.1007/BF01032576

Summary

This paper reports studies of large scale, 1500 kg/h, SO2-catalysed prehydrolysis of coniferous wood chips, samples then being hydrolyzed by a wood-saccharifying enzyme system followed by fermentation to ethanol in the laboratory. Hemicellulose hydrolysis using SO2 catalyst (prehydrolysis) was found to be more effective than steam alone (autohydrolysis). Prehydrolysis time was 2 min, with steam pressure at 1.2 to 1.7 MPa (175 to 250 psig), and SO2 catalyst 2.0 to 2.6% on dry wood. The amount of sugars recovered upon enzyme saccharification of the prehydrolysed wood was about 70% of the weight of the wood. When these combined hemicellulose and cellulose sugars were fermented by a pentose-fermenting strain of yeast,Pichia stipitis R, 372 L ethanol/tonne of (dry) wood was obtained.

Copyright information

© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Morris Wayman
    • 1
  • Sarad Parekh
    • 1
  • Esteban Chornet
    • 2
  • Ralph P. Overend
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.University of TorontoTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Département de génie chimiqueUniversité de SherbrookeSherbrookeCanada
  3. 3.Division of BiosciencesNational 1 Research Council of CanadaOttawaCanada