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Processes 2017, 5(3), 48; doi:10.3390/pr5030048

Perspectives on Resource Recovery from Bio-Based Production Processes: From Concept to Implementation

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Process and Systems Engineering Center (PROSYS), Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Søltofts Plads, Building 229, DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark
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Bioscavenge ApS, Universitetsparken 7, DK-4000 Roskilde, Denmark
The authors have contributed equally.
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Received: 13 June 2017 / Revised: 2 August 2017 / Accepted: 14 August 2017 / Published: 21 August 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Biofilm Processes)
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Abstract

Recovering valuable compounds from waste streams of bio-based production processes is in line with the circular economy paradigm, and is achievable by implementing “simple-to-use” and well-established process separation technologies. Such solutions are acceptable from industrial, economic and environmental points of view, implying relatively easy future implementation on pilot- and full-scale levels in the bio-based industry. Reviewing such technologies is therefore the focus here. Considerations about technology readiness level (TRL) and Net Present Value (NPV) are included in the review, since TRL and NPV contribute significantly to the techno-economic evaluation of future and promising process solutions. Based on the present review, a qualitative guideline for resource recovery from bio-based production processes is proposed. Finally, future approaches and perspectives toward identification and implementation of suitable resource recovery units for bio-based production processes are discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: resource recovery; bio-based production; separation processes; economics resource recovery; bio-based production; separation processes; economics
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Udugama, I.A.; Mansouri, S.S.; Mitic, A.; Flores-Alsina, X.; Gernaey, K.V. Perspectives on Resource Recovery from Bio-Based Production Processes: From Concept to Implementation. Processes 2017, 5, 48.

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