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Biological Pretreatment Strategies for Second-Generation Lignocellulosic Resources to Enhance Biogas Production

Department of Microbiology, Universität Innsbruck, Technikerstraße 25d, A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria
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Energies 2018, 11(7), 1797;
Received: 8 June 2018 / Revised: 2 July 2018 / Accepted: 3 July 2018 / Published: 9 July 2018
With regard to social and environmental sustainability, second-generation biofuel and biogas production from lignocellulosic material provides considerable potential, since lignocellulose represents an inexhaustible, ubiquitous natural resource, and is therefore one important step towards independence from fossil fuel combustion. However, the highly heterogeneous structure and recalcitrant nature of lignocellulose restricts its commercial utilization in biogas plants. Improvements therefore rely on effective pretreatment methods to overcome structural impediments, thus facilitating the accessibility and digestibility of (ligno)cellulosic substrates during anaerobic digestion. While chemical and physical pretreatment strategies exhibit inherent drawbacks including the formation of inhibitory products, biological pretreatment is increasingly being advocated as an environmentally friendly process with low energy input, low disposal costs, and milder operating conditions. Nevertheless, the promising potential of biological pretreatment techniques is not yet fully exploited. Hence, we intended to provide a detailed insight into currently applied pretreatment techniques, with a special focus on biological ones for downstream processing of lignocellulosic biomass in anaerobic digestion. View Full-Text
Keywords: pretreatment; biological pretreatment; anaerobic digestion; biogas; methane pretreatment; biological pretreatment; anaerobic digestion; biogas; methane
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Wagner, A.O.; Lackner, N.; Mutschlechner, M.; Prem, E.M.; Markt, R.; Illmer, P. Biological Pretreatment Strategies for Second-Generation Lignocellulosic Resources to Enhance Biogas Production. Energies 2018, 11, 1797.

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