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Enzymatic hydrolysis at high lignocellulosic content: Optimization of the mixing system geometry and of a fed-batch strategy to increase glucose concentration

Authors
  • Battista, Federico
  • Gomez Almendros, Mélanie
  • Rousset, Romain
  • Bouillon, Pierre-Antoine
Publication Date
Feb 01, 2019
Source
HAL-INRIA
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English
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Abstract

Working at high values of lignocellulosic Dry Matter (DM), as wheat straw, increases the reaction medium viscosity, making the mixing inefficient with the traditional agitators. Batch and fed-batch tests were conducted using different impellers: i) inclined blades, ii) marine impeller, iii) anchor, iv) paravisc and v) double helical impeller. Inclined blades appeared an inadequate device for batch and fed-batch tests. On contrary, double helical impellers and anchor gave optimal performances. An alternative to improve the reactor’s rheology is the modification of the feeding strategy. A particular fed-batch strategy allowed keeping low the reaction medium viscosity by a gradual increasing of the DM content in the reactor. In this way, three main benefits were achieved: i) a very good performances in terms of glucose concentration (85 g/L), ii) a strong reduction of the energetic consumption compared to batch test and iii) the adoption of a simple mixing devise.

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