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Methods for producing and using densified biomass products containing pretreated biomass fibers

United States Patent

9,039,792
May 26, 2015
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A process is provided comprising subjecting a quantity of plant biomass fibers to a pretreatment to cause at least a portion of lignin contained within each fiber to move to an outer surface of said fiber, wherein a quantity of pretreated tacky plant biomass fibers is produced; and densifying the quantity of pretreated tacky plant biomass fibers to produce one or more densified biomass particulates, wherein said biomass fibers are densified without using added binder.
Dale; Bruce E. (Mason, MI), Ritchie; Bryan (Okemos, MI), Marshall; Derek (East Lansing, MI)
BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY (East Lansing, MI)
13/ 835,766
20130280762
March 15, 2013
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT RIGHTS This invention was made with government support under DE-FG36-08-G088073 and DE-FC02-07ER64494 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.