Alcohol Fuels

The Biochemical Route

Authored by: Elia Tomás-Pejó , Antonio D. Moreno , M.R. Riazi , David Chiaramonti

Biofuels Production and Processing Technology

Print publication date:  October  2017
Online publication date:  October  2017

Print ISBN: 9781498778930
eBook ISBN: 9781315155067
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/9781315155067-13

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Abstract

The extensive use of fossil fuels contributes to climate change and exhaustion of petroleum reserves. In this context, biologically produced alcohols (methanol, ethanol, propanol, and butanol) are considered an attractive renewable energy source that can lead the transition toward a post-petroleum era. Despite the considerable progress recently made on developing new microbes for the production of renewable biofuels, some challenges have still to be addressed for the efficient implementation of commercial production of bioalcohols. In this chapter, different biochemical alcohol production processes are described and reviewed. Furthermore, the use of new developed fermenting microorganisms has also been discussed.

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