Wood2CHem: A computer aided platform to support the optimal implementation of wood-based biorefinery concepts

Source: SNF (National Resource Programme NRP 66)

Partner: EPFL, ETHZ

Duration: 2012 – 2016 (55 months)

External website:  http://www.nfp66.ch/en/projects/dialogue-field-2-novel-ways-in-bio-refining-wood/project-marechal


Bio-refineries offer the timber industry numerous ways to turn biomass into valuable products. Due to its composition and complex chemical structure, wood can be used to make a large number of value-added products. A great challenge is the design of each bio-refinery. The project aimed to holistically assess, integrate and optimise innovative processes and conversion technologies in different biorefinery system designs. The aim of the research project is to give a technological guidance to the decision makers in industry and politics, on the suitability of technology from market and environmental perspectives. Therefore, different biorefinery technologies were investigated with respect to their environmental, economic and safety perspective considering the process system engineering dimension and the possibilities of developing synergies between technologies used in an integrated biorefinery. The process integration and optimization of sugar and syngas platforms helped in improving economy of production and lowering the environmental burden of conversion of wood into fuels, chemicals and energy services. The framework developed includes a data base of bio-refinery processes supported by optimization based decision support algorithms.

Contact persons:
Shivom Sharma (shivom.sharma@epfl.ch), A.V. Ensinas (adriano.ensinas@deg.ufla.br)

Publication List:

F. Maréchal; S. Sharma : Robust multi-objective optimization of solid oxide fuel cell–gas turbine hybrid cycle and uncertainty analysis; Journal of Electrochemical Energy Conversion & Storage. 2018. DOI : 10.1115/1.4039944.
G. Léonard; A. Pfennig; A. D. Celebi; S. Sharma; F. Maréchal : Industrial integration of biotechnological processes from raw material to energy integration: Study by Modeling Approach; Microbial Fuels: Technologies and Applications; CRC Press, 2017.
S. Sharma; F. Maréchal; G. P. Rangaiah : Integrated multi-objective differential evolution and its application to amine absorption process for natural gas sweetening; Multi-Objective Optimization: Techniques and Applications in Chemical Engineering; G.P Rangaiah, second edition, 2017.
S. Sharma; G. P. Rangaiah; F. Maréchal : Multi-Objective Optimization Programs and their Application to Amine Absorption Process Design for Natural Gas Sweetening; Multi-objective Optimization: Techniques and Applications in Chemical Engineering; Singapore: Rangaiah G. P., 2017.
J. Q. Albarelli; S. Onorati; P. Caliandro; E. Peduzzi; M. A. A. Meireles et al. : Multi-objective optimization of a sugarcane biorefinery for integrated ethanol and methanol production; Energy. 2017. DOI : 10.1016/j.energy.2015.06.104.
S. Sharma; A. D. Celebi; F. Marechal : Robust multi-objective optimization of gasifier and solid oxide fuel cell plant for electricity production using wood; Energy. 2017. DOI : 10.1016/j.energy.2017.04.146.
J. Q. Albarelli; D. T. Santos; A. V. Ensinas; F. Marechal; M. J. Cocero et al. : Product diversification in the sugarcane biorefinery through algae growth and supercritical CO 2 extraction: Thermal and economic analysis; Renewable Energy. 2017. DOI : 10.1016/j.renene.2017.05.022.
A. D. Celebi; A. Ensinas; S. Sharma; F. Maréchal : Early-stage decision making approach for the selection of optimally integrated biorefinery processes; Energy. 2017. DOI : 10.1016/j.energy.2017.03.080.
J. Albarelli; R. Vardanega; N. Wilkins; D. T. Santos; F. Marechal et al. : Economical Analysis of a Pressurized Fluid-Based Process Applied for Phytochemicals Recovery in a Sustainable Biorefinery Concept for Brazilian Ginseng Roots. 2016. 2nd International Conference on Biomass (IConBM), Taormina, ITALY, JUN 19-22, 2016. p. 355-360. DOI : 10.3303/Cet1650060.
A. Mian; F. Maréchal; A. Viana Ensinas : Multi-objective optimization of SNG production from microalgae through hydrothermal gasification; Computers and Chemical Engineering. 2015. DOI : 10.1016/j.compchemeng.2015.01.013.
S. Maronese; A. V. Ensinas; A. Mian; A. Lazzaretto; F. Marechal : Optimum Biorefinery Pathways Selection Using the Integer-Cuts Constraint Method Applied to a MILP Problem; Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. 2015. DOI : 10.1021/acs.iecr.5b01439.
A. D. Celebi; A. Viana Ensinas; E. Peduzzi; F. Maréchal : Computational platform for optimal design of biorefineries using energy and mass integration ; 24th European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering (ESCAPE25), Denmark, June, 2015.
J. Q. Albarelli; A. Mian; D. T. Santos; A. V. Ensinas; F. Maréchal et al. : Valorization of sugarcane biorefinery residues using supercritical water gasification: A case study and perspectives; The Journal of Supercritical Fluids. 2015. DOI : 10.1016/j.supflu.2014.09.009.
J. Q. Albarelli; S. Onorati; P. Caliandro; E. Peduzzi; F. Marechal et al. : Thermo-Economic Optimisation of Integrated Ethanol and Methanol Production in the Sugarcane Industry. 2014. 17th Conference on Process Integration, Modelling and Optimisation for Energy Saving and Pollution Reduction (PRES 2014), 17th Conference on Process Integration, Modelling and Optimisation for Energy Saving and Pollution Reduction (PRES 2014). p. 1741-1746. DOI : 10.3303/Cet1439291.
A. Viana Ensinas; V. Codina Gironès; J. Queiroz Albarelli; F. Maréchal; M. A. Silva : Thermo-Economic Optimization of Integrated First and Second Generation Sugarcane Ethanol Plant; CHEMICAL ENGINEERING TRANSACTIONS. 2013. DOI : 10.3303/CET1335087.