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Alcohol production and recovery

  • B. Maiorella
  • Ch. R. Wilke
  • H. W. Blanch
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Biochemical Engineering book series (ABE, volume 20)


Alcohol production is receiving increasing attention as a potential transportation fuel. The main feedstocks for the fermentative production of ethanol by yeast are sugar, starch and cellulosic feedstocks. Conventional ethanol production technology by fermentation is reviewed, and the conventional distillation of ethanol from the broth is described. New advances in feedstock preparations including starch and cellulosic raw materials are reviewed and their impact on their fermentation is assessed. Continuous fermentation and continuous fermentation with cell recycle provide opportunities for more efficient alcohol production. Alternatives to energy intensive conventional distillation of alcohol include two-pressure distillation and various novel techniques such as dehydration and solvent extraction. A review of alcohol production economics is included.


Ethanol Production Alcohol Production Extractive Distillation Azeotropic Distillation Extractive Fermentation 
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  • B. Maiorella
    • 1
  • Ch. R. Wilke
    • 1
  • H. W. Blanch
    • 1
  1. 1.Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory and Department of Chemical EngineeringUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeley

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