Feedstocks, logistics and pre-treatment processes for sustainable lignocellulosic biorefineries: A comprehensive review

Jiby Kudakasseril Kurian, Gopu Raveendran Nair, Abid Hussain, G. S. Vijaya Raghavan

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Abstract

More than a century long research and development on utilization of lignocellulosic biomass for biofuels and biomaterials are still in its formative years and the main reason for this is the over-dependence on the fossil fuel reserves. Active research works in the last decades has resulted in a few industrial units to start, stumble and become the forerunners of future biorefineries. But the current system of feedstock logistics and biomass valorization has many drawbacks that make the biorefinery operations unsuccessful throughout the world. This paper discusses the important lignocellulosic feedstocks used, existing and alternate logistical practices, and the pretreatment of biomass for the biorefinery operations. It also emphasises on the importance of decentralized pretreatment of lignocellulosic biomass for the centralized biorefinery operations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)205-219
Number of pages15
JournalRenewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
Volume25
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Biorefinery
  • Decentralized pretreatment
  • Lignocellulosic feedstocks
  • Logistics
  • On-site fractionation
  • Sustainability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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