Sugar loss in pipeline transportation of agricultural biomass

Authors: Vaezi, M, A Kumar, D Bressler
Description: Biomass based refineries have unique economics compared to the petrochemical refineries. The cost of production of fuels and chemicals from a biorefinery is a trade-off between transportation cost of biomass and the capital cost of the plant per unit output. This trade-off leads to an economic optimum size of a biorefinery at which the cost of production of fuels and chemicals are lowest. These large scale biorefineries would need significant quantities of biomass to be transported to a central facility. Cost of transportation of biomass by truck is high and do not have economy of scale benefits and hence would be prohibitive. Pipeline transport of biomass in the form of a slurry helps in reducing the cost of transportation due to economy of scale benefits in the capital cost of the pipeline. It helps in aggregation of biomass and reduction of road congestion. The concept of pipeline transport of biomass involves chopping of the biomass, classification to appropriate sizes, mixing with water to form slurry, and pumping through pipeline. This study aims at assessment of sugar loss from the biomass during pipeline transportation and is based on a 2
Keywords: biomass and bioenergy, pipeline transport of biomass, biorefinery, sugar loss
Technical field: technical_fields_app4
Session name: Food and bioprocess engineering
Date: 2012
Identifier: CSBE12107
Coverage: Canada

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