Consolidated Bioprocessing at High Temperature

Nisha Singh, Anshu S. Mathur, Ravi P. Gupta, Suresh K. Puri, Munish Puri

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Replacing fossil fuels by biomass-derived ethanol (also known as second-generation ethanol or bioethanol) can provide the dual benefits of renewability and mitigation of the effects of global warming caused by the overexploitation of petroleum-derived transportation fuels. However, the effective use of lignocellulosic biomass as a feedstock for the production of bioethanol is historically proven to be problematic and faces several technical challenges. A process configuration known as consolidated bioprocessing (CBP) has generated considerable research interests as the most cost-effective means of bioethanol production. However, insufficient production level of ethanol is the major roadblock, limiting their commercial importance. In this chapter, the research opportunities for developing thermoanaerobes for a high-temperature-based CBP and the associated technological challenges are discussed. The current industrial status of CBP is highlighted along with a detailed description of most promising candidate thermoanaerobes. Advanced technologies for improving the ethanol production level from these candidates are also discussed. A high-temperature-based biomass processing seems challenging; however, it could be the most rewarding approach for bioethanol production in the near future.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWaste to Wealth
EditorsReeta Rani Singhania, Rashmi Avinash Agarwal, R. Praveen Kumar, Rajeev K Sukumaran
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-10-7431-8
ISBN (Print)978-981-10-7430-1
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameEnergy, Environment, and Sustainability
ISSN (Print)2522-8366
ISSN (Electronic)2522-8374


  • Anaerobic bacteria
  • Bioethanol
  • Consolidated bioprocessing
  • Thermophiles


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