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Investigators from King Abdul-Aziz University Report New Data on Chemical Engineering

May 14, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Biotech Week -- Researchers detail new data in Chemical Engineering. According to news originating from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "The Mexican economy is highly dependent on the tequila industry, where there are associated several residues of agave (i.e., the plant used to make tequila), which is lignocellulosic matter that can be used as feedstock for bioethanol production. The residues of agave are obtained in the harvesting sites located in several states of Mexico and from the tequila factories that are mainly located in two places in Mexico."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from King Abdul-Aziz University, "This paper presents an optimization framework for designing a supply chain for the bioethanol production from residues of agave bagasse obtained in the tequila processing in Mexico, where central and distributed bioethanol processing plants are considered. The bioethanol production process in the central and distributed plants is modeled according to conversion factors for the different processing steps obtained from experimental data. The proposed optimization formulation also considers the total available agave and the bioethanol demand in Mexico."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Several scenarios are analyzed for the bioethanol production from agave bagasse in Mexico, where positive results are obtained from the reuse of residues of agave bagasse for bioethanol production, obtaining considerable profits and satisfying a significant demand of the gasoline required in the area."

For more information on this research see: Optimization of the Supply Chain Associated to the Production of Bioethanol from Residues of Agave from the Tequila Process in Mexico. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 2014;53(13):5524-5538. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research can be contacted at: Amer Chemical Soc, 1155 16TH St, NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA. (American Chemical Society -; Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research -

The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from P.E. Murillo-Alvarado, King Abdulaziz Univ, Adjunct Fac, Chem & Mat Engn Department, Jeddah 21413, Saudi Arabia. Additional authors for this research include J.E. Santibanez-Aguilar, J.M. Ponce-Ortega, A.J. Castro-Montoya, M. Serna-Gonzalez and M.M. El-Halwagi (see also Chemical Engineering).

Keywords for this news article include: Asia, Biotechnology, Jeddah, Energy, Bio Ethanol, Oil and Gas, Saudi Arabia, Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering

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