(488c) Biomass-Based Production of Benzene, Toluene, and Xylenes Via Methanol: Process Synthesis and Deterministic Global Optimization
In this work, we present a comprehensive process synthesis superstructure consisting of several novel, commercial, and/or competing technologies that produce aromatics from biomass via methanol.  The optimal processes will be determined using our novel branch-and-bound global optimization framework. [2,9] We quantify the effect that biomass type has on the overall profit of the refinery by investigating forest residues, agricultural residues, and perennial crops as potential feedstocks.  Multiple case studies that investigate the effect of biomass moisture content, refinery capacity, and product distribution are discussed. The major topological decisions, as well as the overall profit of the biomass-based aromatics refinery, are presented.
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