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Scientists at University of La Rochelle Discuss Research in Bioenergy
August 26th, 2011
"Wheat straw was pretreated with a thermomechanical process developed in our laboratory to improve the enzymatic hydrolysis extent of potentially fermentable sugars. This process involves subjecting the lignocellulosic biomass for a short time to saturated steam pressure, followed by an instantaneous decompression to vacuum at 5 kPa," investigators in La Rochelle, France report.
"Increasing of the heat induced by saturated steam result in intensive vapour formation in the capillary porous structure of the plant material and the subsequent release of the pressure to vacuum allows fixing the expanded structure. Response surface methodology (RSM) based on central composite...
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Source: Energy and Ecology Business (2011-08-26)