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EFFICIENT PROCESS FOR PRODUCING SACCHARIDES AND ETHANOL FROM A BIOMASS FEEDSTOCK

United States Patent Application

20170175153
A1
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Described herein is a process for producing saccharides and ethanol from biomass feedstock that includes (a) producing an enzyme composition by culturing a fungal strain(s) in the presence of a lignocellulosic medium, (b) using the enzyme composition to saccharify the biomass feedstock, and (c) fermenting the saccharified biomass feedstock to produce ethanol. The process is scalable and, in certain aspects, is capable of being deployed on farms, thereby allowing local production of saccharides and ethanol and resulting in a reduction of energy and other costs for farm operators. Optional steps to improve the biomass-to-fuel conversion efficiency are also contemplated, as are uses for byproducts of the process described herein.
OKEKE, Benedict C. (Montgomery, AL), Nanjundaswamy, Ananda K. (Vicksburg, MS)
AUBURN UNIVERSITY (Auburn AL)
15/ 444,780
February 28, 2017
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0002] The subject matter described herein was developed with funding provided by the United States Department of Energy (U.S. DOE, DE-EE0003132/000). The U.S. Government has rights in the invention.