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Investigators at McMaster University Report Findings in Chemical Engineering (Design and Economic Analysis of a Thermochemical Lignocellulosic...

August 20, 2014



Investigators at McMaster University Report Findings in Chemical Engineering (Design and Economic Analysis of a Thermochemical Lignocellulosic Biomass-to-Butanol Process)

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Journal of Engineering -- A new study on Chemical Engineering is now available. According to news originating from Hamilton, Canada, by VerticalNews correspondents, research stated, "A novel continuous lignocellulosic biomass-to-butanol process using a thermochemical route and a mixed-alcohol synthesis catalyst has been developed. The process was designed and modeled using Aspen Plus and consists of major process steps such as biomass drying; indirect steam gasification; syngas cleanup and conditioning; mixed-alcohol synthesis over a modified methanol catalyst; alcohol separation; and utilities including cooling water, steam, and power generation."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from McMaster University, "A heat integration analysis was also carried out, resulting in an energy-sufficient process with no requirement for external hot utilities and net power production. A technoeconomic analysis was carried out using results of the Aspen Plus model, equipment cost estimates, and discounted cash flow analysis, with an assumption of nth-plant costs and financing resulting in a minimum butanol selling price (MBSP) of $0.83/L."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Different plant and cost parameter scenarios were rigorously explored using a sensitivity analysis."

For more information on this research see: Design and Economic Analysis of a Thermochemical Lignocellulosic Biomass-to-Butanol Process. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 2014;53(28):11427-11441. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research can be contacted at: Amer Chemical Soc, 1155 16TH St, NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA. (American Chemical Society - www.acs.org; Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research - www.pubs.acs.org/journal/iecred)

The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from C. Okoli, McMaster University, Dept. of Chem Engn, Hamilton, ON L8S 4L7, Canada.

Keywords for this news article include: Canada, Ontario, Hamilton, Chemical Engineering, North and Central America

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