Aphios Presents Cellulosic Biomass Pretreatment Process at 10th Annual NSTI Nanotech 2007 Conference
May 20, 2007
Woburn, MA — Aphios has developed an improved biomass pretreatment process [CBP] that has the capability to defibrate biomass at low operating temperatures with several advantages over conventional steam explosion pretreatment. These conclusions are based on: (1) high enzymatic conversion efficiencies to ethanol (CBP was 60% more effective than steam explosion in pretreating white pine, 300% better in pretreating newsprint and just as effective in pretreating red oak): (2) biomass recovery yields were much higher with CBP (between 95% and 99%) than steam explosion (often less than 80%); (3) operating conditions of temperature and time were lower for CBP than for steam explosion.