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Fibers 2018, 6(4), 88;

In-Situ Vacuum Assisted Gas Stripping Recovery System for Ethanol Removal from a Column Bioreactor

Department of Biochemical Engineering, Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, University of Zagreb, Pierottijeva 6, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Department of Food Sciences and Technology, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, 1190 Vienna, Austria
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Received: 28 September 2018 / Revised: 1 November 2018 / Accepted: 6 November 2018 / Published: 9 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Enzymatic Cellulose Degradation)
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A three-step process consisting of biomass hydrolysis, fermentation and in-situ gas stripping by a vacuum assisted recovery system, was optimized to increase the ethanol production from sugar beet pulp. The process combines the advantages of stripping and vacuum separation and enhances the fermentation productivity through in-situ ethanol removal. Using the design of experiment and response surface methodology, the effect of major factors in the process, such as pressure, recycling ratio and solids concentration, was tested to efficiently remove ethanol after the combined hydrolysis and fermentation step. Statistical analysis indicates that a decreased pressure rate and an increased liquid phase recycling ratio enhance the productivity and the yield of the strip-vacuum fermentation process. The results also highlight further possibilities of this process to improve integrated bioethanol production processes. According to the statistical analysis, ethanol production is strongly influenced by recycling ratio and vacuum ratio. Mathematical models that were established for description of investigated processes can be used for the optimization of the ethanol production. View Full-Text
Keywords: ethanol removal; column bioreactor; in-situ gas stripping; vacuum ethanol removal; column bioreactor; in-situ gas stripping; vacuum

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Andlar, M.; Oros, D.; Rezić, T.; Ludwig, R.; Šantek, B. In-Situ Vacuum Assisted Gas Stripping Recovery System for Ethanol Removal from a Column Bioreactor. Fibers 2018, 6, 88.

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