, Volume 160, Issue 2, pp 360-369
Date: 15 Jul 2008

Influence of High Solid Concentration on Enzymatic Hydrolysis and Fermentation of Steam-Exploded Corn Stover Biomass

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Steam-exploded corn stover biomass was used as the substrate for fed-batch separate enzymatic hydrolysis and fermentation (SHF) to investigate the solid concentration ranging from 10% to 30% (w/w) on the lignocellulose enzymatic hydrolysis and fermentation. The treatment of washing the steam-exploded material was also evaluated by experiments. The results showed that cellulose conversion changed little with increasing solid concentration, and fermentation by Saccharomyces cerevisiae revealed a nearly same ethanol yield with the water-washed steam-exploded corn stover. For the washed material at 30% substrate concentration, i.e., 30% water insoluble solids (WIS), enzymatic hydrolysis yielded 103.3 g/l glucose solution and a cellulose conversion of 72.5%, thus a high ethanol level up to 49.5 g/l. With the unwashed steam-exploded corn stover, though a cellulose conversion of 70.9% was obtained in hydrolysis at 30% solid concentration (27.9% WIS), its hydrolysate did not ferment at all, and the hydrolysate of 20% solid loading containing 3.3 g/l acetic acid and 145 mg/l furfural already exerted a strong inhibition on the fermentation and ethanol production.