Methods and systems for biomass conversion to carboxylic acids and alcohols
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The disclosure includes a method, process and apparatus for the conversion of biomass to carboxylic acids and/or primary alcohols. The system may include a pretreatment/fermentation subsystem operable to produce a fermentation broth containing carboxylic acid salts from biomass, such as lignocellulosic biomass. The system may also include a dewatering subsystem operable to remove excess water from the fermentation broth to produce a concentrated product. The system may also includes an acid springing subsystem operable to produce a mixed carboxylic acid product. The system may also include a hydrogenation subsystem operable to produce an alcohol mixture, such as a mixture containing primary alcohols. Methods of operating this system or other systems to obtain a carboxylic acid or alcohol mixture are also provided.
Holtzapple, Mark Thomas; Davison, Richard (2012). Methods and systems for biomass conversion to carboxylic acids and alcohols. United States. Patent and Trademark Office; Texas A&M University. Libraries. Available electronically from