CAN LIGNOCELLULOSIC HYDROCARBON LIQUIDS RIVAL LIGNOCELLULOSE-DERIVED ETHANOL AS A FUTURE TRANSPORT FUEL?

Yao Ding, Shengdong Zhu, Pei Yu, Shuiming Cheng, Yuanxin Wu

Abstract


Although transport fuels are currently obtained mainly from petroleum, alternative fuels derived from lignocellulosic biomass (LB) have drawn much attention in recent years in light of the limited reserves of crude oil and the associated environmental issues. Lignocellulosic ethanol (LE) and lignocellulosic hydrocarbons (LH) are two typical representatives of the LB-derived transport fuels. This editorial systematically compares LE and LB from production to their application in transport fuels. It can be demonstrated that LH has many advantages over LE relative to such uses. However, most recent studies on the production of the LB-derived transport fuels have focused on LE production. Hence, it is strongly recommended that more research should be aimed at developing an efficient and economically viable process for industrial LH production.

Keywords


Lignocellulosic hydrocarbon; Lignocellulosic ethanol; Lignocellulosic biomass; Transport fuel

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