Membrane Filtration and Separation for Water Reuse in Fuel Production From Biomass

Innovations of Green Process Engineering for Sustainable Energy and Environment
2010 AIChE Annual Meeting
AIChE Annual Meeting
November 7, 2010 - 7:00pm
Water conservation is one of important sustainability issues in production and/or conversion of biomass to fuels. In this presentation, the author will use micro-algae growth and fermentation production of ethanol fuel as two examples to elaborate application of respective microfiltration and molecular separation membranes to water sustainability. Growth of micro-algae requires a large water resource, innovations of membrane materials and processes will be discussed for efficient harvesting of micro-algae from dilute culture solution and complete recycling of the water and nutrients. The fermentation process requires a lot of water injection and produces a dilute ethanol mixture. Studies on impacts of novel zeolite membranes on water reuses and minimization of waste water discharge will be presented.
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