Reviews in Environmental Science and Bio/Technology

, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp 553–570 | Cite as

Evaluation of the potential of cassava-based residues for biofuels production

  • Selvaraju SivamaniEmail author
  • Arun Pandian Chandrasekaran
  • Muthusamy Balajii
  • Muthusamy Shanmugaprakash
  • Ahmad Hosseini-Bandegharaei
  • Rajoo Baskar
review paper


Cassava is the third significant source of calories after rice and maize in tropical countries. The annual production of cassava crop is approximately 550 million metric tons (MMT) which generates about 350 MMT of cassava solid residues, including peel, bagasse, stem, rhizome, and leaves. Cassava peel, bagasse, stem, and rhizome can be exploited for solid, liquid and gaseous biofuels production. Biofuels production from cassava starch started in the 1970s and researchers are now extensively studying cassava residues like peel, bagasse, stem, rhizome, and leaves to unravel their applications in biofuels production. However, there are technical and economic challenges to overcome the problems existing in the production of biofuels from cassava-based residues. This review provides a comprehensive summary of the techniques used for biofuels production from various cassava-based residues.


Cassava residues Biochar Bioethanol Bio-oil Biogas 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of BiotechnologyKumaraguru College of TechnologyCoimbatoreIndia
  2. 2.Graduate School of Biomedical Science and EngineeringHanyang UniversitySeoulRepublic of Korea
  3. 3.Department of BiotechnologyPSG College of TechnologyCoimbatoreIndia
  4. 4.Wastewater Division, Faculty of HealthSabzevar University of Medical SciencesSabzevarIran
  5. 5.Department of Engineering, Kashmar BranchIslamic Azad UniversityKashmarIran
  6. 6.Department of Food TechnologyKongu Engineering CollegePerunduraiIndia

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