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Residual Mexican biomasses for bioenergy and fine chemical production: correlation between composition and specific applications

Abstract

The conversion of renewable biomasses into biofuels and chemicals represents a strategic way to reduce the use of fossil feedstock, by contributing in switching to a more sustainable society. The use of agro-industrial wastes does not subtract resources destined for food consumption. In addition, waste utilization would result in a reduction of its accumulation, with a consequent decrease of environmental impact and financial losses due to the relevant disposal. In this context, a wide variety of exploitable agricultural resources can be used to support this sustainable growth. However, the characterization represents the first step towards a targeted and proficient exploitation of the chemical and energetic potential of a residual biomass. In this work, some representative residual (Mexican) biomasses were investigated: pepper residues (Hungarian yellow and red variety), coconut shells (Cocos nucifera), flamboyant pods (Delonix regia), seeds of avocado (Persea Americana), palm (Palma de Coroco) and nance (Byrsonima crassifolia) were chemically characterized and the relevant potential applications for the synthesis of biofuels and fine chemicals were specifically evaluated. Lipids, structural carbohydrates, and lignin were specifically valorized in a proficient cascade of technologies, which aim to exploit the correspondent potential, according to the principles of biorefinery and circular economy.

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di Bitonto, L., Reynel-Ávila, H.E., Mendoza-Castillo, D.I. et al. Residual Mexican biomasses for bioenergy and fine chemical production: correlation between composition and specific applications. Biomass Conv. Bioref. 11, 619–631 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13399-020-00616-1

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Keywords

  • Bioenergy
  • Biorefinery
  • Valorization
  • Waste biomass
  • Biodiesel
  • Circular economy