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Biomass conversion program of West Germany

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Part of the Advances in Biochemical Engineering book series (ABE, volume 20)


Due to concern about the cost and availability of petroleum and natural gas, which are the main sources of energy (about 70%) and chemical feedstocks in West Germany, a great interest is increasing in research projects to discover new sources of energy and raw materials. Apart from nuclear and solar energy, hopes have also been placed in some biotechnological processes which utilize the so-called renewable resources. Several research and development projects are, therefore, supported by the Ministry of Research and Technology (BMFT) for the study of those microbial processes in more detail which are involved in the conversion of biomass — either freshly harvested or disposed of as waste — into fuels which are similar to those currently in use, such as methane or ethanol1). Studies on these topics are carried out in several universities as well as in private and governmental institutes.


Sewage Sludge Ethanol Production Anaerobic Digestion Methane Production Volatile Solid 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Sahm
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Biotechnologie der Kernforschungsanlage JülichJülichWest Germany

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