Technical and economic feasibility of an integrated ethanol and anthocyanin coproduction process using purple corn stover

Chinmay Kurambhatti, Deepak Kumar, Vijay Singh

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Abstract

The coproduction of high-value anthocyanin extract in the cellulosic ethanol process would diversify the co-product market, increase revenue, and potentially improve the economics of the process. The high anthocyanin concentration in the cob and structural carbohydrates in residual stover make purple corn stover an attractive source for anthocyanin and ethanol coproduction. This study aimed to develop simulation models for processes integrating ethanol production and anthocyanin extraction using purple corn stover, to evaluate their techno-economic feasibility, and to compare their performance with the conventional ethanol production process using corn stover. The annual ethanol production for plants processing 2000 MT dry feedstock / day was 148.6 million L/year for the integrated processes compared with 222.6 million L/year for the conventional process. Anthocyanin production in the modified processes using dilute acid-based and water-based anthocyanin extraction processes was 1779 and 1099 MT/year, respectively. Capital investments for the integrated processes ($448.1 to $443.8 million) were higher than the conventional process ($371.9 million). Due to high revenue from anthocyanin extract, the ethanol production cost for the integrated process using acid-based anthocyanin extraction ($0.36/L) was 34.5% lower than conventional ethanol production ($0.55/L). The ethanol production cost for the integrated process using water-based anthocyanin extraction ($0.68/L) was higher than conventional ethanol production due to low ethanol and anthocyanin yields. The minimum ethanol selling price for the integrated process using acid-based anthocyanin extraction ($0.65/L) was also lower than the conventional process ($0.72/L), indicating an improvement in economic performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)719-735
Number of pages17
JournalBiofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2021

Keywords

  • anthocyanin
  • cellulosic ethanol
  • corn stover
  • ethanol
  • purple corn
  • techno-economic analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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