Biofuel from straw
To avoid competition with food production, residual materials such as straw have come to the attention of several biofuel manufacturers. Straw is largely composed of lignocellulose fibres, which have a high potential for energy conversion. A process in which waste biomass, such as wheat straw, is used as a raw material to produce microbial oils for advanced biofuels has been developed. Through a fermentation process with special oleaginous yeasts, straw is being converted into these microbial oils, with a defined chemical composition. The process consists of two steps: an initial saccharification, which transforms the cellulosic component of the raw materials into simple sugars (glucose), and a subsequent fermentation in which yeasts metabolise the sugars and accumulate up to 70% of microbial oils into their cells. Such oils are then extracted and sent to biorefineries for the production of advanced biofuels, such as Eni’s Greendiesel.
The BioArt Gallery presents promising feedstock and its related bioeconomy applications in everyday life with 60 stunning pictures. It offers an innovative approach of showcasing to the public some examples of bio-based products and applications currently available in the market through several examples: cosmetics, nutraceuticals, tissues, toys and sport, disposable tableware, cleaning products, gadgets, and much more.
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