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Abridged Production and Revitalization of Bioethanol from Biomass

Author Affiliations

  • 1Chemical Engineering, Priyadarshini Institute of Engineering and Technology, Maharashtra, INDIA

Res.J.chem.sci., Volume 4, Issue (5), Pages 72-79, May,18 (2014)

Abstract

The environmental concern is growing day by day. The emission of the harmful gasses in the environment can be solemnly reduced by the reduction in the usage of the fossil fuels. The alternative is to use a renewable source of energy which could fulfil the growing demands of the fossil fuels. One of the alternatives is the bioethanol but the major concern is availability of raw materials and a very cost efficient production of bioethanol. Here we present a study of production which would fulfil the above two major concerns. We used arum root as the raw material and treated it only with acid to produce bioethanol by the fermentation process. The results have shown the feasibility of producing bioethanol from arum root only using the dilute acid pretreatment. The separation of the ethanol water mixture generated as the fermentation product was done using the pervaporation setup followed by the distillation process to obtain 99.9 % pure bioethanol.

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