Downstream process options for the ABE fermentation

  • Posted on: 11 June 2018
  • By: mmiltner
TitleDownstream process options for the ABE fermentation
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsFriedl A
JournalFEMS Microbiology Letters
KeywordsABE fermentation, biobutanol, downstream process optimization, gas-stripping, liquid–liquid extraction, Pervaporation

Butanol is a very interesting substance both for the chemical industry and as a biofuel. The classical distillation process for the removal of butanol is far too energy demanding, at a factor of 220% of the energy content of butanol. Alternative separation processes studied are hybrid processes of gas-stripping, liquid–liquid extraction and pervaporation with distillation and a novel adsorption/drying/desorption hybrid process. Compared with the energy content of butanol, the resulting energy demand for butanol separation and concentration of optimized hybrid processes is 11%–22% for pervaporation/distillation and 11%–17% for liquid–liquid extraction/distillation. For a novel adsorption/drying/ desorption process, the energy demand is 9.4%. But all downstream process options need further proof of industrial applicability.