Biorefineries pp 125-136 | Cite as


  • Sílvio VazJr.Email author
Part of the Advances in Biochemical Engineering/Biotechnology book series (ABE, volume 166)


Concepts such as biorefinery and green chemistry focus on the usage of biomass, as with the oil value chain. However, it can cause less negative impact on the environment. A biorefinery based on sugarcane (Saccharum spp.) as feedstock is an example, because it can integrate into the same physical space, of processes for obtaining biofuels (ethanol), chemicals (from sugars or ethanol), electricity, and heat.

The use of sugarcane as feedstock for biorefineries is dictated by its potential to supply sugars, ethanol, natural polymers or macromolecules, organic matter, and other compounds and materials. By means of conversion processes (chemical, biochemical, and thermochemical), sugarcane biomass can be transformed into high-value bioproducts to replace petrochemicals, as a bioeconomy model.


Bioeconomy Biomass Green chemistry Sugarcane Sustainable chemistry 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation – National Research Center for Agroenergy (Embrapa Agroenergy) – Parque Estação BiológicaBrasília/DFBrazil

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