387658 Life Cycle Analysis on the Combined Separation and Dehydration Steps of Bio-Ethanol Production

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Galleria Exhibit Hall (Hilton Atlanta)
Fernando Daniel Mele1, Michel Kahwaji Janho2, Jorge E. Gatica3, Mauricio Colombo1 and María Rosa Hernández4, (1)Ingenieria de Procesos y Gestion Industrial, Universidad Nacional de Tucuman, Tucuman, Argentina, (2)Chemical And Biomedical Engineering, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH, (3)Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH, (4)Ingeniería de Procesos y Gestión Industrial, Universidad Nacional de Tucuman, Tucuman, Argentina

Bio-ethanol production is a rapidly growing market due to the possible uses of the anhydrous product in energy generation. This production however, is weighed down by energetic demands and environmental effects.

In this paper, a life cycle analysis is performed on the distillation and dehydration steps of a bio-ethanol production plant complementing a sugar mill. The two parts of the process are first studied and optimized independently, heat integration is performed on both steps, the two are then combined and a life cycle analysis is performed on the resulting process.


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