Biotechnological Routes
to Biomass Conversion
James D. McMillan
National Bioenergy Center
National Renewable Energy Labora...
While the growing need for sustainable electric
power can be met by other renewables…
The Unique Role of Biomass
Biomass i...
Biomass Conversion Technology
“Platforms”
Fuels,
Chemicals,
& Materials
Thermochemical
Platform
(Gasification,
Pyrolysis)
...
• Biomass Basics
• Overview of Conversion Options
• Details of Enzyme-based Technology
• Biorefining Now and in the Future...
Biomass Feedstock Types
• “Starchy”: Grains (e.g., corn and wheat)
• “Oily”: Seeds (e.g., soya and rape)
• “Fibrous”: Lign...
http://maize.agron.iastate.edu/corngrows.html
Corn Grain vs. Corn Stover
GRAIN STOVER
http://www.bisonfarm.com/images/fsp-...
Biomass Basics
• Grain contains
– ≥80% carbohydrates, dry basis
– Major component is starch
• Lignocellulosic biomass cont...
Composition: Grain vs. Stover
Component
Corn Kernel
(Grain)
Corn Stover
(Lignocellulose)
72-73 Trace
63-77
Lignin Trace 10...
Sawdust
Wood waste
Pulp mill wastes
Corn stover
Rice hulls
Sugarcane bagasse
Animal waste
Switchgrass
Hybrid poplar
Willow...
Biomass Composition
38-50% 5-13%
23-32%
15-25%
Lignin
Other
Cellulose
(Glucose sugar)
Hemicellulose
(Pentose sugars)
(Phen...
Lignin: 10-25%
- Complex aromatic structure
- Resistant to biochemical conversion
- Different depolymerization chemistry
H...
0%
20%
40%
60%
80%
100%
poplar
sawdust
corn stover
(fresh)
bagasse
(fresh)
protein
chlorophyll
soil
acetyl
Uronic acids
as...
Biomass Structure
• Surface and structural property measurement
are key to developing a sound understanding
of recalcitran...
Biomass Surface Characterization Laboratory
TEM
Tecnai G2
Quanta 400 FEG
SEM
Quanta 400 FEG
AFM
MultiMode PicoForce
NSOM
A...
Heterogeneity Across a Single Corn Stem*
Light microscopy
Toluidine Blue O
200x
Epidermis
Bundle sheath
Parenchyma
Xylem v...
White light, 100x
Stem
Structural Complexity at Many Scales*
UV Fluorescence, 600x
Stem vascular bundle
Confocal, 1000x
St...
Test molecular models
Advanced imaging facilities (such as NREL’s BSCL)
provide new tools to study the fundamentals of
bio...
SEM of Corn Stems – How small are pits?
Photomicrographs courtesy
of NREL’s M. Himmel. Work
conducted in collaboration
wit...
Height Phase
Original parenchyma cell
0.1 M NaOH, 3 mg/ml/NaBH4, RT 1h
AFM
pith parenchyma
cell cell-wall
structure
Tappin...
• Biomass Basics
• Overview of Conversion Options
• Details of Enzyme-based Technology
• Biorefining Now and in the Future...
Biomass Energy Options
Biofuels
Electricity
Biobased
chemicals
Biobased
materials
Heat
Bio-Gas
Synthesis Gas
Sugars and
Li...
Biomass Conversion
(or Fractionation)
• Approaches
– Mechanical
• e.g., milling, comminution, decompression
– Thermal
• e....
Process Technology Options
• Major categories of biomass conversion
process technology
– Sugar Platform
• Dilute acid cell...
Two-Stage Dilute Acid Process
Gypsum
Size
Reduction
1st Stage
Dilute Acid
Pretreatment
2nd Stage
Dilute Acid
Hydrolysis
Li...
Dilute Acid Hydrolysis
• Driving Forces
– Adapt existing infrastructure, use recycled equip.
– Exploit recombinant ferment...
Concentrated Acid Process
Conc. H2SO4
Water
Gypsum
Water
Purified
Sugar Solution
Lignin
Utilization
Ethanol
Recovery
Ferme...
Concentrated Acid Process
• Driving Forces
– Cost effective acid/sugar separation and recovery
technologies
– Tipping fees...
Historical Enzymatic Process
Waste water
Size
Reduction
Dilute
Acid
Pretreat-
ment
Lignin
Utilization
Ethanol
Recovery
Sac...
Enzymatic
cellulose
saccharification
Pre-processing
Pretreatment
(hemicellulose
extraction)
Conditioning
Beer
Slurry to
Et...
Enzymatic Process
• Driving Forces
– Exploit lower cost cellulases under development
– Conceptually compatible with many d...
Syngas Fermentation Process
Size
Reduction
Gasifier
Biomass
Clean Up/
Conditioning
Fermentor
Ethanol
Recovery
Syngas Produ...
Syngas Fermentation
• Bacterial fermentation of CO, CO2 and H2 to ethanol
6 CO + 3 H2O C2H5OH + 4 CO2
6H2 + 2 CO2 C2H5OH +...
Syngas Fermentation Process
• Driving Forces
– While unproven, may enable higher yields through
conversion of non-carbohyd...
Status of Conversion Options
• Many options based on Sugar and Syngas Platform technology
routes exist and are being pursu...
Process Development Challenges
• Processing at high solids levels
• Understanding process chemistries
• Closing carbon, ma...
Commercialization Challenges
• Demonstrated market competitiveness
– Compelling economics with acceptable risk
• Establish...
Lessons Learned from Past Pioneer
Processing Plant Efforts
⇒Accurately estimating cost & performance
is the key to success...
• Biomass Basics
• Overview of Conversion Options
• Details of Enzyme-based Technology
• Biorefining Now and in the Future...
Lignocellulose
Feedstock
Collection and
Delivery
Pre-processing
Pretreatment
Conditioning
Enzymatic Process for Producing ...
100 g raw solids (dry)
Lignin
coproduct
27 g (dry)
Process
intermediate
60 g (dry)
Coarsely milled
corn stover
Pretreated
...
Technical Barriers
• Feedstock Valuation and Delivery
– Analytical methods/sensors
– Supply systems
– Soil sustainability
...
Understanding Integration Issues
Biomass
Sugar
Fermentation
Enzymatic
Cellulose
Saccharification
Biomass
Pretreatment
Amou...
Cellulose Conversion in SSF
Cellulose Cellobiose
Glucose
r1
r2 r3
r4
Ethanol
Enzymatic Hydrolysis Configurations Using
Simultaneous Saccharification&Fermentation
SSF with Combined C5 and C6 Sugar CoF...
Cellulose Conversion in SHF
Cellulose Cellobiose
Glucose
r1
r2 r3
Xylose
Xylose
Xylose
Process Configurations Based on
Sequential Hydrolysis and Fermentation
C5 Sugar
Fermentation
Pretreatment &
Hydrolyzate
Co...
Comparing the Attributes of SSF and SHF
Process Configurations
Simultaneous (SSF/SSCF)
• Minimize enzyme inhibition by
acc...
Probable Commercial Configuration
• Anticipate exploiting next generation thermostable cellulases using a
two stage hybrid...
Technical Barriers
• Feedstock Valuation and Delivery
– Analytical methods/sensors
– Supply systems
– Soil sustainability
...
Biomass Chemistry and Ultrastructure
• Our understanding of biomass chemistry and
structure and of conversion mechanisms c...
Tracking Composition and Mass
Pretreatment Example
Cellulose Xylan Lignin
Extractives
Other Hemi.
Uronic
Acid
Acetyl
Ash
P...
The Role of Technoeconomic Analysis
• Quantify relative impacts of process
improvements
• Identify research directions wit...
Rigorous Material &
Energy Balance
ASPEN +
Capital & Project
Cost Estimation
Discounted Cash Flow
Economic Model
Product M...
Developing Inclusive Cost Estimates
Feed
Handling
Utilities
Saccharification
Fermentation
Conditioning
Storage
Corn Stover...
Projected Economics – Example
Plant Size Basis: 2000 MT Dry Corn Stover/Day
Assumed Corn Stover Cost: $35/dry ton
Assumed ...
Corn Stover Case - % Costs by Area
Corn Stover
Feedstock
Handling
Pretreatment
and Conditioning
Saccharification
and Ferme...
Highlight Economic Findings
• Enzymatic ethanol production costs dominated by
– Feedstock
– Enzymes - cellulases
– Capital...
Economic Modeling Highlights, cont’d
• Estimated operating costs are becoming
competitive, although capital costs remain h...
Potential to Reduce Capital Costs
through Co-location – An Example
Economic Parameter
(Units, $1999)
Process
Case
Dry-mill...
Towards a Low Cost Feedstock
Infrastructure
• Reducing feedstock cost is a significant opportunity
– Apply innovative harv...
Impact of Reducing Feedstock Cost
$0.13/gal change for every $10/BDT change
$0.85
$0.80
$0.90
$1.00
$1.10
$1.20
$1.30
$1.4...
R2
= 0.028
14
16
18
20
22
24
26
28 30 32 34 36 38 40
Structural Glucan (% dry weight)
Xylan(%dryweight)
Substantial Feedst...
Corn Stover Variability
Reducing Cellulase Cost
Objective: Reduce cost of cellulases for biomass conversion
applications to enable large volume su...
Multi-enzyme Cellulase System
Crystalline
Cellulose
Amorphous
Cellulose
Cellobiose Glucose
endo- β-1,4-glucanase
(EC
3.2.1...
NREL’s Enzymatic Hydrolysis
Partnerships
• 4-year Partnerships with Genencor & Novozymes
– Enzyme biochemistry and specifi...
Metrifying Enzyme Cost Reduction
Where:
– CE = Enzyme cost ($/gal ethanol)
– EP = Enzyme price ($/L product) (subcontracto...
Approach
1. Measure enzyme concentration, BN
• Use accepted protein measurement method (Pierce BCA)
2. Measure required en...
0
10
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60
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100
110
0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70
Soluble Protein Loading (mg protein/g cellulose)
%CelluloseCon...
0
10
20
30
40
50
60
70
80
90
100
110
0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70
Soluble Protein Loading (mg protein/g cellulose)
%CelluloseCon...
Overall Improvement Matrix
Enzyme Preparation
Benchmark Improved
Lot 1
P010129
A mg/g A’ mg/g W
Feedstock
PCSLot
Lot 2
P02...
Industry-led Cellulase Cost Reduction
• Similar Subcontracts set up with Genencor and Novozymes to
reduce cost of commodit...
0.00
0.50
1.00
1.50
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2.50
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3.50
4.00
4.50
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5.50
1/2/2000 1/1/2001 1/1/2002 1/1/2003 1/1/2004 1/1/2005
Date
Cel...
Reducing Performance Risk:
Demonstrating High-solids Processing
Cost Impact of Pretreatment Reactor Solids Loading
$1.48
$...
Reducing Deployment Risk: Showing
Base-line Engineering Feasibility
• Dilute-acid pretreatment showstoppers overcome
– Som...
Dilute Sulfuric Acid Pretreatment of
Corn Stover
Stover
harvested from
northeastern
Colorado in
the fall of 2002
Dilute Sulfuric Acid Pretreatment of
Corn Stover
Pretreatment
at solids
loadings from
25% to 35%
High Solids Pretreatment Performance
Pilot-scale dilute acid pretreatment of corn stover at 25%-35% w/w solids
Xylan Solub...
Examples of Corn Stover Dilute-acid
Hemicellulose Hydrolyzate Liquors
Component
Concentration (g/L)
(20% solids)
Concentra...
Sugar Concentration = f(Solids Loading)
Ranges in Monomeric Sugar Concentrations
70
80
90
100
110
120
130
140
150
17.5 20....
Sugar Concentration = f(Solids Loading)
Ranges in Total Sugar Concentrations
70
80
90
100
110
120
130
140
150
160
170
17.5...
Sugar Concentration = f(Solids Loading)
Comparison of Monomeric versus Total Sugar Concentrations
70
80
90
100
110
120
130...
Impact of Saccharification Solids Loading
Results of Preliminary Techno-Economic Modeling
$0.95
$0.98
$1.01
$1.04
$1.07
$1...
Cellulose Saccharification
Assessing Potential Scale-up Issues
Pretreated corn stover, 10% solids loading, 20 mg cellulase...
Cellulose Saccharification
Impact of Solids Loading – Preliminary Results
Pretreated corn stover, 20 mg cellulase† protein...
Combining Enzymatic Saccharification
and Mixed Biomass Sugar Fermentation
• Complex process integration issue influenced b...
0
10
20
30
40
50
0 24 48 72 96 120 144 168 192
Glucose
Xylose
Cellobiose
Ethanol
Total CO2
Total solids = 20% (70% v/v liq...
40
50
60
70
80
90
100
0 5 10 15 20 25 30
Enzyme Loading (FPU/g cellulose)
CelluloseConversion(%oftheoretical)
SSCF
SSCF es...
Pilot vs. Bench SSCF
Amoco CRADA Phase 3 Bench Scale Report 1.8*
* Figure from: Toon et al.. 1997. Appl. Biochem. Biotechn...
Biomass Sugar Fermentation Needs
• High Yield Requires Fermenting all Biomass Sugars
– Glucose, Xylose, Arabinose, Mannose...
Pentose Metabolism
Achieving Robust Pentose Fermentation
Ethanol
D-Glucose
Pyruvate
Fructose-6-P
Fructose 1,6-P
Glyceralde...
Integrated
Informatics
Directed
Evolution
Proteomics
Metabolite
Profiling
Transcriptional
Profiling
Flux Analysis
Genome
S...
• Biomass Basics
• Overview of Conversion Options
• Details of Enzyme-based Technology
• Biorefining Now and in the Future...
Todays Sugar Platform Biorefineries
Examples
• Domestic
– Corn mills (wet and dry)
– Paper mills (virgin and recycle)
• In...
Today’s Corn Grain Biorefineries
Processed to
• Oil
• Gluten
• Foods
• Starch
• Industrial Products
Starch to Sugar Produc...
Biomass Conversion Technology
“Platforms”
Thermochemical
Platform
(Gasification,
Pyrolysis)
Sugar Platform
(Hydrolysis)
Fu...
Cellulosic Biorefinery Vision
An integrated biorefinery
will make use of:
– Thermochemical conversion
technology
– Biochem...
Challenges to Deploying Future
Lignocellulosic Biorefineries
• Demonstrating economic competitiveness in the
marketplace
–...
Probable Commercial Configuration
Higher
temperature
enzymatic
cellulose
saccharification
Beer product
slurry to
distillat...
Feedstock
Collection and
Delivery
Pre-processing
Conversion Process Steps
Ethanol and
Solids Recovery,
Water Recycle
Grain...
Comparative Economics
Where We Were: Estimated Process Economics as of Late 1990s
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7.0
Gra...
Key Findings
• Costs driven by
– Feedstock (grain or stover)
– Enzymes (stover)
– Utilities prices (gas and electricity; g...
Target Economics
Future Goal
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1.00
1.25
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1.75
Grain Dry Mill Stover Enzymatic Process
M...
Opportunities and Challenges
• Lower operating cost
– Operating cost less enzymes potentially 20-40% lower
processing stov...
Current Situation
• Technology becoming market competitive
– Cost of enzymes falling dramatically
– Process chemistry gaps...
Potential for Novel Coproducts from
Enzymatic Sugar Platform Process
Soluble Lignin
(Low/Medium
MW Phenolics)
Hemicellulos...
Potential Opportunities for D-Xylose
(as an alternative to existing sugar products, esp. glucose)
• Chiral molecule for sp...
Concentration &
Purification of
Sugar Product(s)
Multiproduct Lignocellulose Biorefinery
Sugar (and Lignin) Platform Examp...
Outlook
• Sustainability benefits must be validated
• Great progress being made….
– Compelling operating costs within reac...
Challenges Ahead – Conversion Tech.
Scientific
Fundamentals
Engineering
Fundamentals
Demonstration and
Commercialization
•...
Alternative Fuels User Facility (AFUF)
• Unique modern user facility developed to support
biomass and bioprocess R&D
– Com...
6,000 ft2
bench scale
process development
& support laboratories
10,000 ft2
Integrated
Process Development
Unit (PDU)
Alternative Fuels User Facility (AFUF)
Process Development Unit
A fully integrated biomass to ethanol plant
• Processes on...
Testing Capabilities at the AFUF
• Integrated Process Development Unit (PDU)
– Designed to process one (1) ton dry biomass...
AFUF Testing Capabilities, cont’d
• Minipilot systems for biomass pretreatment and integrated
bioprocess testing
smallest ...
Microbial Fermentation Examples
• Microorganisms:
– Bacteria, yeast and fungi
• Zymomonas mobilis, Escherichia coli
• Sacc...
• Biomass Basics
• Overview of Conversion Options
• Details of Enzyme-based Technology
• Biorefining Now and in the Future...
Additional Information
• EERE Biomass Program
– http://www.eere.energy.gov/biomass/
Multi-year Technical Plan (MYTP)
Bioma...
Thank You
“…fossil fuels are a one-time gift that lifted us
up from subsistence agriculture and
eventually should lead us ...
• Data from NREL’s Sugar Platform R&D
– Sugar Platform Integration team (Dan Schell et al.)
– Enzyme Subcontract Liaison (...
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Biotechnological Routes to Biomass Conversion

  1. 1. Biotechnological Routes to Biomass Conversion James D. McMillan National Bioenergy Center National Renewable Energy Laboratory DOE/NASULGC Biomass & Solar Energy Workshops August 3-4, 2004
  2. 2. While the growing need for sustainable electric power can be met by other renewables… The Unique Role of Biomass Biomass is our only renewable source of carbon-based fuels and chemicals
  3. 3. Biomass Conversion Technology “Platforms” Fuels, Chemicals, & Materials Thermochemical Platform (Gasification, Pyrolysis) Sugar Platform (Hydrolysis) Biomass Combined Heat & Power Residues By-products CO, H2, Bio-oil Sugars, Lignins (Aromatics)
  4. 4. • Biomass Basics • Overview of Conversion Options • Details of Enzyme-based Technology • Biorefining Now and in the Future Outline
  5. 5. Biomass Feedstock Types • “Starchy”: Grains (e.g., corn and wheat) • “Oily”: Seeds (e.g., soya and rape) • “Fibrous”: Lignocellulose (e.g., ag and forestry residues, grasses, trees, etc. Emphasis of today’s presentation will be conversion of lignocellulosic biomass – Comparison to illustrate the differences between starchy and fibrous feedstocks: corn grain versus corn stover
  6. 6. http://maize.agron.iastate.edu/corngrows.html Corn Grain vs. Corn Stover GRAIN STOVER http://www.bisonfarm.com/images/fsp-corn.jpg http://arnica.csustan.edu/key/corn.jpg
  7. 7. Biomass Basics • Grain contains – ≥80% carbohydrates, dry basis – Major component is starch • Lignocellulosic biomass contains – 60-70% carbohydrates, dry basis – Major components are cellulose, hemicellulose, and lignin • Biomass types exhibit differences in – Macro structure and cell wall architecture – Types and levels of lignins and hemicelluloses – Types and levels of minor constituents
  8. 8. Composition: Grain vs. Stover Component Corn Kernel (Grain) Corn Stover (Lignocellulose) 72-73 Trace 63-77 Lignin Trace 10-16 Other Sugars 1-2 3-6 Protein 8-10 1-3 Oil/Other Extractives 4-5 3-6 Ash 1-2 5-7 34-39 Xylan/Arabinan 22-26 Galactan/Mannan 1-2 Acetate & Uronics 6-10 Total 96-104 85-115 10-12 Starch Cellulose/Hemicellulose Cellulose
  9. 9. Sawdust Wood waste Pulp mill wastes Corn stover Rice hulls Sugarcane bagasse Animal waste Switchgrass Hybrid poplar Willow Wood Residues Agricultural Residues Energy Crops Biomass Resources and Key Issues • Quality – Composition – Ease of Conversion • Cost – Production – Collection and Transportation – Quantity Available • Sustainability – Land, Air and Water Resources
  10. 10. Biomass Composition 38-50% 5-13% 23-32% 15-25% Lignin Other Cellulose (Glucose sugar) Hemicellulose (Pentose sugars) (Phenylpropyl-based) Softwoods Grasses Hardwoods Crop residues MSW (Extractives, ash, etc.)
  11. 11. Lignin: 10-25% - Complex aromatic structure - Resistant to biochemical conversion - Different depolymerization chemistry Hemicellulose: 15-30% - Heteropolymer of pentoses and hexoses - Variably substituted (acetyl, uronics) - More easily depolymerized Cellulose: 30-50% - Crystalline polymer of glucose (cellobiose) - Difficult to chemically hydrolyze - Susceptible to enzymatic attack by cellulases Major PlantMajor Plant Cell WallCell Wall ComponentsComponents
  12. 12. 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% poplar sawdust corn stover (fresh) bagasse (fresh) protein chlorophyll soil acetyl Uronic acids ash extractives lignin galactan arabinan mannan xylan glucan Not All Biomass is Created Equal! Important Compositional and Structural Differences Exist
  13. 13. Biomass Structure • Surface and structural property measurement are key to developing a sound understanding of recalcitrance and conversion mechanisms – Very difficult system to study • Extremely heterogeneous at both macro- and micro-scales (ultrastructure complexity) – Tools and techniques emerging • E.g., NREL’s Biomass Surface Characterization Laboratory, NMR Laboratory, etc.
  14. 14. Biomass Surface Characterization Laboratory TEM Tecnai G2 Quanta 400 FEG SEM Quanta 400 FEG AFM MultiMode PicoForce NSOM AURORA-3
  15. 15. Heterogeneity Across a Single Corn Stem* Light microscopy Toluidine Blue O 200x Epidermis Bundle sheath Parenchyma Xylem vessels Tracheids Schlerenchyma PhloemCompanion cell Sieve tube Xylem Vascular bundle *Photomicrograph courtesy of Stephanie Porter (NREL)
  16. 16. White light, 100x Stem Structural Complexity at Many Scales* UV Fluorescence, 600x Stem vascular bundle Confocal, 1000x Stem pith SEM, 100x Leaf cross section *Images courtesy of S. Porter (NREL)
  17. 17. Test molecular models Advanced imaging facilities (such as NREL’s BSCL) provide new tools to study the fundamentals of biomass conversion processes Monitor cellulose surfaces during pretreatment and enzymatic hydrolysis Cellulose surface Visualize changes to biomass surfaces caused by various pretreatment processes
  18. 18. SEM of Corn Stems – How small are pits? Photomicrographs courtesy of NREL’s M. Himmel. Work conducted in collaboration with the CSM EM Facility. 1 mm Pretreatment chemicals and enzymes penetrate corn tissue through vessels and pits
  19. 19. Height Phase Original parenchyma cell 0.1 M NaOH, 3 mg/ml/NaBH4, RT 1h AFM pith parenchyma cell cell-wall structure Tapping mode Scan size: 5x5µm
  20. 20. • Biomass Basics • Overview of Conversion Options • Details of Enzyme-based Technology • Biorefining Now and in the Future Outline
  21. 21. Biomass Energy Options Biofuels Electricity Biobased chemicals Biobased materials Heat Bio-Gas Synthesis Gas Sugars and Lignin Bio-Oil Carbon-Rich Chains Plant Products Hydrolysis Acids, enzymes Gasification High heat, low oxygen Digestion Bacteria Pyrolysis Catalysis, heat, pressure Extraction Mechanical, chemical Separation Mechanical, chemical Feedstock production, collection, handling & preparation
  22. 22. Biomass Conversion (or Fractionation) • Approaches – Mechanical • e.g., milling, comminution, decompression – Thermal • e.g., hot water, steam, heat – Chemical • e.g., acids, alkalis, solvents – Biological • e.g., cellulases, hemicellulases, ligninases Most processing schemes employ a combination of methods
  23. 23. Process Technology Options • Major categories of biomass conversion process technology – Sugar Platform • Dilute acid cellulose conversion • Concentrated acid cellulose conversion • Enzymatic cellulose conversion (jump directly to this ?) – Using any of a variety of different primary fractionation or “pretreatment” methods – Syngas Platform • Gasification followed by synthesis gas fermentation
  24. 24. Two-Stage Dilute Acid Process Gypsum Size Reduction 1st Stage Dilute Acid Pretreatment 2nd Stage Dilute Acid Hydrolysis Lignin Utilization Ethanol Recovery Neutralization/ Detoxification Fermentor L S L S S L Biomass
  25. 25. Dilute Acid Hydrolysis • Driving Forces – Adapt existing infrastructure, use recycled equip. – Exploit recombinant fermentation technology for hexose and pentose sugar conversion • Strengths – Proven: oldest, most extensive history of all wood sugar processes, with the first commercial process dating back to 1898. • Active Companies/Institutions include – BC International – Swedish government
  26. 26. Concentrated Acid Process Conc. H2SO4 Water Gypsum Water Purified Sugar Solution Lignin Utilization Ethanol Recovery Fermentor Neutralization Tank Acid Reconcentration Acid/Sugar Separation Decrystallization Primary Hydrolysis Secondary Hydrolysis L S L S L S Biomass
  27. 27. Concentrated Acid Process • Driving Forces – Cost effective acid/sugar separation and recovery technologies – Tipping fees for biomass • Strengths – Proven: large scale experience dates back to Germany in the 1930s; plants still may be operating in Russia today. – Robust: able to handle diverse feedstocks • Active Companies include – Arkenol – Masada Resources Group
  28. 28. Historical Enzymatic Process Waste water Size Reduction Dilute Acid Pretreat- ment Lignin Utilization Ethanol Recovery Saccharification/ Fermentor Neutralization/ Conditioning Cellulase enzymes L S Biomass Gypsum L S S L
  29. 29. Enzymatic cellulose saccharification Pre-processing Pretreatment (hemicellulose extraction) Conditioning Beer Slurry to Ethanol and Solids Recovery Biomass sugar fermentation Many options exist for each of these steps…. ….and there are many interactions to consider Evolving Enzymatic Process Feedstock collection and delivery
  30. 30. Enzymatic Process • Driving Forces – Exploit lower cost cellulases under development – Conceptually compatible with many different fractionation/pretreatment approaches • Strengths – Potential for higher yields due to less severe processing conditions – Focus of USDOE’s core R&D • Active companies include – Iogen/PetroCanada, BC International, SWAN Biomass, and many others, including some of the recent Bioenergy Initiative solicitation awardees
  31. 31. Syngas Fermentation Process Size Reduction Gasifier Biomass Clean Up/ Conditioning Fermentor Ethanol Recovery Syngas Production Syngas Fermentation
  32. 32. Syngas Fermentation • Bacterial fermentation of CO, CO2 and H2 to ethanol 6 CO + 3 H2O C2H5OH + 4 CO2 6H2 + 2 CO2 C2H5OH + 3 H2O • Syngas fermentation strains and processes remain relatively poorly characterized compared to other routes; many issues need to be resolved – Overall process economics – Required performance targets for • Gasification, e.g., yield = f(gas mixture) • Syngas fermentation, e.g., ethanol prod. yield, titer, and rate
  33. 33. Syngas Fermentation Process • Driving Forces – While unproven, may enable higher yields through conversion of non-carbohydrate fractions (e.g., lignin) to syngas components • Strengths – Build off previous gasification/clean up knowledge – Ability to process a diverse range of feedstocks to a common syngas intermediate • Active groups include – Bioresource Engineering Inc. – Oklahoma State – Mississippi State
  34. 34. Status of Conversion Options • Many options based on Sugar and Syngas Platform technology routes exist and are being pursued • Sugar Platform technologies are at a more advanced development stage because of their longer history • Recent programmatic emphasis has been on Enzymatic Hydrolysis route • Further information on process options is available at: – http://www.eere.energy.gov/biomass/sugar_platform.html • USDOE EERE Biomass Program web site • Also see: – http://www.nrel.gov/biomass/publications.html • Biomass research publications (several searchable databases) – http://www.bioproducts-bioenergy.gov/ • Joint USDOE-USDA Biomass R&D Initiative
  35. 35. Process Development Challenges • Processing at high solids levels • Understanding process chemistries • Closing carbon, mass & energy balances – Requires accurate measurement/analysis methods • Identifying critical process interactions – Integration efforts must focus on key issues • Producing realistic intermediates and residues – Essential to evaluate potential coproduct values
  36. 36. Commercialization Challenges • Demonstrated market competitiveness – Compelling economics with acceptable risk • Established feedstock infrastructure – Collection, storage, delivery & valuation methods • Proven societal & environmental benefits – Sustainable – Supportive policies
  37. 37. Lessons Learned from Past Pioneer Processing Plant Efforts ⇒Accurately estimating cost & performance is the key to success!* • Plant cost growth strongly correlated with: – Process understanding (integration issues) – Project definition (estimate inclusiveness) • Plant performance strongly correlated with: – Number of new steps – % of heat and mass balance equations based on data – Waste handling difficulties – Plant processes primarily solid feedstock * “Understanding Cost Growth and Performance Shortfalls in Pioneer Process Plants”, a 1981 Rand Corp. study for the USDOE
  38. 38. • Biomass Basics • Overview of Conversion Options • Details of Enzyme-based Technology • Biorefining Now and in the Future Outline
  39. 39. Lignocellulose Feedstock Collection and Delivery Pre-processing Pretreatment Conditioning Enzymatic Process for Producing Ethanol Many options exist for each of these steps…. ….and there are many interactions to consider Enzymatic Hydrolysis Cellulase Beer Slurry to Ethanol and Solids Recovery Biomass sugar fermentation
  40. 40. 100 g raw solids (dry) Lignin coproduct 27 g (dry) Process intermediate 60 g (dry) Coarsely milled corn stover Pretreated solids Residue solids Conversion is Technically Feasible… …the Challenge is Making it Economical!
  41. 41. Technical Barriers • Feedstock Valuation and Delivery – Analytical methods/sensors – Supply systems – Soil sustainability • Biomass Recalcitrance to Conversion – Pretreatment – Enzymatic hydrolysis – Pentose fermentation • Process Integration – Solids handling Interactions – Process chemistry
  42. 42. Understanding Integration Issues Biomass Sugar Fermentation Enzymatic Cellulose Saccharification Biomass Pretreatment Amount of cellulose Cellulose crystallinity Available surface area Amount and nature of lignin Type/amount of hemicellulose Sugar concentrations pH and conditioning req. A m ount and types of acids, H M F and furfural, phenolics, and cations Tem peratureoptim a pH optim a Sugarconcentrations Ethanolconcentration Hydrolysisrate Biomass Feedstock
  43. 43. Cellulose Conversion in SSF Cellulose Cellobiose Glucose r1 r2 r3 r4 Ethanol
  44. 44. Enzymatic Hydrolysis Configurations Using Simultaneous Saccharification&Fermentation SSF with Combined C5 and C6 Sugar CoFermentation (SSCF) Pretreatment & Hydrolyzate Conditioning Enzymatic Saccharification & CoFermentation Ethanol Recovery Biomass Feedstock C5 Sugar Fermentation Pretreatment & Hydrolyzate Conditioning Enzymatic Saccharification & C6 Fermentation Ethanol Recovery Biomass Feedstock Separate C5 and C6 Sugar Fermentation (SSF or SSCF)
  45. 45. Cellulose Conversion in SHF Cellulose Cellobiose Glucose r1 r2 r3 Xylose Xylose Xylose
  46. 46. Process Configurations Based on Sequential Hydrolysis and Fermentation C5 Sugar Fermentation Pretreatment & Hydrolyzate Conditioning Enzymatic Cellulose Saccharification Ethanol Recovery C6 Sugar Fermentation Biomass Feedstock SHF with Separate C5 and C6 Sugar Fermentation Biomass Feedstock Pretreatment & Hydrolyzate Conditioning Enzymatic Cellulose Saccharification Ethanol Recovery C5 & C6 Sugar CoFermentation SHF with Combined C5 and C6 Sugar Fermentation
  47. 47. Comparing the Attributes of SSF and SHF Process Configurations Simultaneous (SSF/SSCF) • Minimize enzyme inhibition by accumulating sugars • Achieve high cellulose conversion yields • Reduce process complexity via “one step” approach • Increase pentose utilization and fermentative strain robustness through sustained production and co-utilization of glucose • Minimize the potential for contaminant outgrowth by maintaining a low free sugar concentration Sequential (SHF) • Run enzymatic hydrolysis and fermentation at their respective temperature and pH optima – large benefits possible when optima are significantly different • Generate intermediate sugar product(s) – Upgrade for sale or use as substrates to manufacture other value-added products…enable multi-product biorefineries • Easier mixing in fermentation – Lower levels of solids in fermentation (or absence of solids if S/L separation used prior to fermentation)
  48. 48. Probable Commercial Configuration • Anticipate exploiting next generation thermostable cellulases using a two stage hybrid hydrolysis and fermentation process that leverages the strengths of both SSF and SHF • Stage 1: Operate at high temperature to exploit enzymes’ thermostability • Stage 2: Operate as SSF/SSCF to achieve high cellulose conversion yield Beer product slurry to distillation and solids recovery Pretreated and conditioned biomass slurry 1st Stage 2nd Stage Hybrid Hydrolysis and Fermentation (HHF) Higher Temperature Enzymatic Cellulose Saccharification Higher Temperature Enzymatic Cellulose Saccharification Mesophilic Enzymatic Hydrolysis & Biomass Sugar Fermentation Mesophilic Enzymatic Hydrolysis & Biomass Sugar Fermentation
  49. 49. Technical Barriers • Feedstock Valuation and Delivery – Analytical methods/sensors – Supply systems – Soil sustainability • Biomass Recalcitrance to Conversion – Pretreatment – Enzymatic hydrolysis – Pentose fermentation • Process Integration – Solids handling – Interactions Process chemistry
  50. 50. Biomass Chemistry and Ultrastructure • Our understanding of biomass chemistry and structure and of conversion mechanisms continues to grow, but many issues remain unknown – Further work needed to advance analysis tools and fundamental understanding of biomass ultrastructure and process chemistry during conversion processes
  51. 51. Tracking Composition and Mass Pretreatment Example Cellulose Xylan Lignin Extractives Other Hemi. Uronic Acid Acetyl Ash Protein Sucrose Corn Stover 6.6% 60.3% 30.7% 3.6% 1.9% 2.4% Pretreated Corn Stover Solids Liquor Furfural Other Xylose Glucose Pretreatment
  52. 52. The Role of Technoeconomic Analysis • Quantify relative impacts of process improvements • Identify research directions with largest cost reduction potential, or highest perceived benefit/investment ratio
  53. 53. Rigorous Material & Energy Balance ASPEN + Capital & Project Cost Estimation Discounted Cash Flow Economic Model Product Minimum Selling Price Process Flow Diagrams Process Design and Economic Modeling Methodology DOE/NREL Sponsored Research Results Outside Engineering Studies, e.g., WWT, Burner, EtOH Recovery Estimates of Other Commercial Technology ICARUS - Cost Estimation Software Vendor Cost Quotations Engineering Company Cost Estimations Engineering Co. Consulting on Process Configuration
  54. 54. Developing Inclusive Cost Estimates Feed Handling Utilities Saccharification Fermentation Conditioning Storage Corn Stover Hydrolyzate Broth Recycle & Condensate Waste Water Ethanol Cake Biogas & Sludge Waste Water Cellulase Enzyme Recycle Water Steam Electricity Steam Steam & Acid S/L Sep Solids Liquor Waste Water S/L Sep Syrup Pretreatment Waste Water Treatment Burner/Boiler Turbogenerator Distillation and Stillage Treatment
  55. 55. Projected Economics – Example Plant Size Basis: 2000 MT Dry Corn Stover/Day Assumed Corn Stover Cost: $35/dry ton Assumed Enzyme Cost: $0.11/gallon of produced ethanol Economic Parameter (Units, $1999) Value Min. Ethanol Selling Price ($/gal) $1.28 Ethanol Production (MM gal/yr) 59.9 Ethanol Yield (gal/dry ton) 77.5 Total Project Investment ($ MM) $198 TPI per annual gallon ($/gal) $3.31
  56. 56. Corn Stover Case - % Costs by Area Corn Stover Feedstock Handling Pretreatment and Conditioning Saccharification and Fermentation Cellulase Distillation and Solids Recovery Waste Water Treatment Boiler/Turbogenerator Utilities Storage -20% -10% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% Capital Recovery Charge Raw Materials Process Electricity Grid Electricity Total Plant Electricity Fixed Costs 34% 5% 19% 9% 8% 11% 2% 7% 4% 1% (after ~4-10x cost reduction!)
  57. 57. Highlight Economic Findings • Enzymatic ethanol production costs dominated by – Feedstock – Enzymes - cellulases – Capital equipment throughout the plant • Syngas production costs dominated by – Feedstock – Capital equipment ⇒ Current USDOE and NBC (ANL, INEEL, NREL, ORNL, and PNNL) Biomass Program efforts focused on decreasing these key cost centers
  58. 58. Economic Modeling Highlights, cont’d • Estimated operating costs are becoming competitive, although capital costs remain high – Process intensification and the ability to produce additional value-added coproducts are both approaches being pursued to reduce the capitalization/financing burden ⇒There has been significant progress in reducing projected sugar platform costs through a variety of approaches, including co-location, feedstock valuation, enzyme cost reduction, high solids processing, etc. – Selected highlights follow….
  59. 59. Potential to Reduce Capital Costs through Co-location – An Example Economic Parameter (Units, $1999) Process Case Dry-mill Co-location Coal-fired Power Plant Co-location MESP ($/gal) $1.30 $1.23 $1.18 EtOH Production (MM gal/yr) 60 30 / 30 60 EtOH Yield (gal/dry ton stover) (gal/bushel corn) 77.5 77.5 2.85 77.5 TPI ($ MM) $200 $109 / $70 $130 TPI per Annual Gallon ($/gal) $3.34 $1.83 / $1.16 $2.17 Net Operating Costs ($/gal) $0.73 $0.72 $0.82
  60. 60. Towards a Low Cost Feedstock Infrastructure • Reducing feedstock cost is a significant opportunity – Apply innovative harvesting & storage methods • Whole stalk harvest? • Dry or wet densification? – Value the feedstock based on its composition • In-field or point-of-delivery rapid compositional analysis, e.g., using calibrated Near InfraRed Spectroscopy (NIRS) ⇒Application of NIRS shows that significant knowledge gaps remain about the magnitude and sources of feedstock compositional variability
  61. 61. Impact of Reducing Feedstock Cost $0.13/gal change for every $10/BDT change $0.85 $0.80 $0.90 $1.00 $1.10 $1.20 $1.30 $1.40 $1.50 $1.60 $0 $5 $10 $15 $20 $25 $30 $35 $40 $45 $50 Delivered Feedstock Cost ($/dry ton) MESP($/galEtOH) $35 / dry ton Market Target at $20/dry ton Corn Stover Case Example
  62. 62. R2 = 0.028 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 28 30 32 34 36 38 40 Structural Glucan (% dry weight) Xylan(%dryweight) Substantial Feedstock Variability NIR Composition of 731 corn stover samples from the 2001 harvest
  63. 63. Corn Stover Variability
  64. 64. Reducing Cellulase Cost Objective: Reduce cost of cellulases for biomass conversion applications to enable large volume sugar platform technology • The program’s enzyme cost target is $0.10/gallon ethanol or less NREL’s role: • Issue subcontracts to industry and facilitate their success • Supply “standard” pretreated feedstock • Develop cost metric to translate enzyme performance into economic terms, i.e., enzyme cost ($/gallon EtOH) • Experimentally validate key results • Review/Audit key results that can’t be independently validated • Provide supporting information, consultation, and guidance as requested or needed to facilitate subcontractor success
  65. 65. Multi-enzyme Cellulase System Crystalline Cellulose Amorphous Cellulose Cellobiose Glucose endo- β-1,4-glucanase (EC 3.2.1.4) EC 3.2.1.4 Exo β-1.4-glucan glucohydrolase (EC 3.2.1.74) EC 3.2.1.91 exo β-1,4-cellobiohydrolase (CBH) (EC 3.2.1.91) β-glucosidase (“cellobiase”) (EC 3.2.1.21) Bold Main Hydrolysis Reactions Proceed via “Endo” “Exo” “β-G”
  66. 66. NREL’s Enzymatic Hydrolysis Partnerships • 4-year Partnerships with Genencor & Novozymes – Enzyme biochemistry and specific activity – Cellulase - cellulose surface interaction – Lower the cost of enzyme CBH1 from T. reesei E1 from A. cellulotiticus
  67. 67. Metrifying Enzyme Cost Reduction Where: – CE = Enzyme cost ($/gal ethanol) – EP = Enzyme price ($/L product) (subcontractor supplied) – EL = Enzyme loading (g protein/g cellulose entering hydrolysis) (measured) – BN = Enzyme concentration in product (g protein/L product) (measured) – Y = Ethanol Process Yield (gal EtOH/g cellulose entering hydrolysis) (calculated from process model; a constant) see Andy Aden and Mark Ruth’s tech memo #4988 for further details YB EE C N LP E =
  68. 68. Approach 1. Measure enzyme concentration, BN • Use accepted protein measurement method (Pierce BCA) 2. Measure required enzyme loading on “standard” pretreated corn stover (PCS) substrate, EL • Use variation of traditional shakeflask SSF digestibility test 3. Calculate CE using subcontractor supplied EP and metric Y 4. Compare CE of improved preparations against subcontract benchmark 5. Repeat YB EE C N LP E =
  69. 69. 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 110 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 Soluble Protein Loading (mg protein/g cellulose) %CelluloseConversion benchmark prep Example SSF Performance Assay Results -- Benchmark Preparation Benchmarking Performance
  70. 70. 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 110 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 Soluble Protein Loading (mg protein/g cellulose) %CelluloseConversion Improved prep Example SSF Performance Assay Results -- Improved Preparation Measuring Improvement
  71. 71. Overall Improvement Matrix Enzyme Preparation Benchmark Improved Lot 1 P010129 A mg/g A’ mg/g W Feedstock PCSLot Lot 2 P020502 B mg/g B’ mg/g X Y Z Substrate-related Improvements (NREL) Enzyme- related Improvements (Subcontractor)
  72. 72. Industry-led Cellulase Cost Reduction • Similar Subcontracts set up with Genencor and Novozymes to reduce cost of commodity cellulases by tenfold or greater – 3 year periods of performance + 1 year extensions – 20% cost share by industry – Annual performance milestones with ultimate 3 yr 10X goal relative to benchmark established at start of subcontracts; in extensions, goal adjusted to reaching an enzyme cost of $0.10/gallon of ethanol or less • Status – Details proprietary. Both companies presented updates at a May ‘03 project review and have since issued press releases. See internet. • http://www.ott.doe.gov/biofuels/enzyme_sugar_platform.html • http://www.genencor.com • http://www.novozymes.com – Go to the companies press web site archives and search on “biomass” • Highlights/Summary of Reported Accomplishments – Both companies exceeded 3 yr 10X cost reduction goal, decreasing estimated enzyme costs from ~$5.00 to $0.30-0.40 per gal EtOH – Cost reduction efforts continuing • One year extensions finished in 11/04 (Genencor) or 1/05 (Novozymes)
  73. 73. 0.00 0.50 1.00 1.50 2.00 2.50 3.00 3.50 4.00 4.50 5.00 5.50 1/2/2000 1/1/2001 1/1/2002 1/1/2003 1/1/2004 1/1/2005 Date CellulaseCost($/gallonEtOH) Cellulase Costs Falling Rapidly Excellent progress being made by industry through DOE subcontracts
  74. 74. Reducing Performance Risk: Demonstrating High-solids Processing Cost Impact of Pretreatment Reactor Solids Loading $1.48 $1.34 $1.28 $1.30 $1.25 $1.30 $1.35 $1.40 $1.45 $1.50 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% Reactor Feed Solids Concentration MESP($/galEtOH) Process Minimum Target Parr Reactor Limit <10% Achieved in 2000, Standard Condition in 2001 Standard Condition in 2002 Achieved in spring 2002 Recently completed modifications to the Sunds reactor system permit reliable, continuous operation at high solids levels (≥ 30%) Achieved in summer 2002 Achieved in spring 2003
  75. 75. Reducing Deployment Risk: Showing Base-line Engineering Feasibility • Dilute-acid pretreatment showstoppers overcome – Some performance levels remain below targets Parameter Achieved Target Catalyst Type Dilute Acid 30-35 % 0.75-1.25 min 1.5 % 190 °C 80% ----- Dilute Acid Reactor Solids Conc. 30 % Residence Time 2 min Acid Concentration 1.1 % Temperature 190 °C Xylose Yield 85% Reactor Metallurgy Incoloy 825-clad Minimum Pretreatment Performance Targets • Process samples produced for evaluation – Pretreated solids and hemicellulose hydrolyzate liquors – Lignin-rich process residues
  76. 76. Dilute Sulfuric Acid Pretreatment of Corn Stover Stover harvested from northeastern Colorado in the fall of 2002
  77. 77. Dilute Sulfuric Acid Pretreatment of Corn Stover Pretreatment at solids loadings from 25% to 35%
  78. 78. High Solids Pretreatment Performance Pilot-scale dilute acid pretreatment of corn stover at 25%-35% w/w solids Xylan Solubilization as a Measure of Hemicellulose Extraction/Hydrolysis Efficiency Enzymatic Digestibility of Pretreated Solids Monomeric Xylose Yield Total Xylose Yield Cellulose Digestibility
  79. 79. Examples of Corn Stover Dilute-acid Hemicellulose Hydrolyzate Liquors Component Concentration (g/L) (20% solids) Concentration (g/L) (30% solids) 9.24 17.7 93.6 13.5 7.1 4.1 9.4 2.4 0.5 11.5 59.7 8.8 4.6 2.7 10.9 1.5 0.3 7.1 Glucose Xylose Arabinose Galactose Mannose Oligomers Furfural Hydroxymethyl Furfural Acetic Acid
  80. 80. Sugar Concentration = f(Solids Loading) Ranges in Monomeric Sugar Concentrations 70 80 90 100 110 120 130 140 150 17.5 20.0 22.5 25.0 27.5 30.0 32.5 35.0 Pretreatment Solids Loading (% w/w) HydrolysateMonomericSugarConc.(g/L) Iowa Stover Colorado Stover
  81. 81. Sugar Concentration = f(Solids Loading) Ranges in Total Sugar Concentrations 70 80 90 100 110 120 130 140 150 160 170 17.5 20.0 22.5 25.0 27.5 30.0 32.5 35.0 Pretreatment Solids Loading (% w/w) HydrolysateTotalSugarConcentration(g/L) Iowa Stover Colorado Stover
  82. 82. Sugar Concentration = f(Solids Loading) Comparison of Monomeric versus Total Sugar Concentrations 70 80 90 100 110 120 130 140 150 160 170 17.5 20.0 22.5 25.0 27.5 30.0 32.5 35.0 Pretreatment Solids Loading (% w/w) HydrolysateSugarConcentration(g/L) Total Monomers
  83. 83. Impact of Saccharification Solids Loading Results of Preliminary Techno-Economic Modeling $0.95 $0.98 $1.01 $1.04 $1.07 $1.10 20% 21% 22% 23% 24% 25% 26% 27% 28% 29% 30% Solids to Saccharification (wt%) EthanolSellingPrice($/gal)
  84. 84. Cellulose Saccharification Assessing Potential Scale-up Issues Pretreated corn stover, 10% solids loading, 20 mg cellulase† protein/g cellulose, 45°C † Genencor Spezyme 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 140 160 180 Time (h) CelluloseConversion(%) 100 mLWorking Volume (WV)-Flask 3.5 LWV-Vessel 13.5 LWV-Vessel
  85. 85. Cellulose Saccharification Impact of Solids Loading – Preliminary Results Pretreated corn stover, 20 mg cellulase† protein/g cellulose, 45°C 3.5 L working vol, insulated 7-L Bioflo 3000 fermentors fitted with two oversized marine impellers and using modified temperature control † Genencor Spezyme Initial PCS Loading 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 0 24 48 72 96 120 144 168 192 Time (h) CelluloseConversion(%) 5.0% 10.0% (A) 10.0% (B) 13.5% 15.0%
  86. 86. Combining Enzymatic Saccharification and Mixed Biomass Sugar Fermentation • Complex process integration issue influenced by – Characteristics of substrate, enzyme(s), and microbe • Substrate: What ranges of sugars and toxins are present after pretreatment, what enzyme activities are required to complete saccharification, and how reactive/susceptible is the substrate? • Microbe: What sugars can be fermented, and what temperatures and inhibitors tolerated? • What Enzyme: How effectively are pretreated solids hydrolyzed, how thermostable are enzymes, and how resistant is the enzyme system to end product inhibition? – Many potential substrates, enzyme preparations, and fermentation strain combinations are possible Robust pentose fermentation remains the most critical bottleneck!
  87. 87. 0 10 20 30 40 50 0 24 48 72 96 120 144 168 192 Glucose Xylose Cellobiose Ethanol Total CO2 Total solids = 20% (70% v/v liquor) Purchased enzyme at 25 FPU/g cellulose Carbon balance closure = 99% Mini-pilot Scale Integrated SSCF ConcentrationorTotalCO2(g/L) Pretreated Yellow Poplar (PYP) CPN cellulase Adapted rDNA Z. mobilis Time (h)
  88. 88. 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 Enzyme Loading (FPU/g cellulose) CelluloseConversion(%oftheoretical) SSCF SSCF est. SSF Shakeflask SSF as a Predictor of Integrated SSCF (pretreated yellow poplar, ~6% cellulose, CPN, 32o C) SSFs with D5A SSCFs with rZ
  89. 89. Pilot vs. Bench SSCF Amoco CRADA Phase 3 Bench Scale Report 1.8* * Figure from: Toon et al.. 1997. Appl. Biochem. Biotechnol. 63-65: 243-255. Xylose Ethanol Glucose 10 FPU CPN (+ 2 IU GA)/g cellulose, LNH-ST, APR Corn Fiber, 20% total solids, 30oC, pH 5
  90. 90. Biomass Sugar Fermentation Needs • High Yield Requires Fermenting all Biomass Sugars – Glucose, Xylose, Arabinose, Mannose, Galactose • Resistant to toxic materials/chemicals in hydrolysates – Acids, phenolics, salts, sugar oligomers, … • Robust, able to out-compete contaminating microbes – Temperature, pH – High fermentation rates • Minimum metabolic byproducts Metabolic engineering holds the key!
  91. 91. Pentose Metabolism Achieving Robust Pentose Fermentation Ethanol D-Glucose Pyruvate Fructose-6-P Fructose 1,6-P Glyceraldehyde-3-P Phosphoenolpyruvate Acetaldehyde + CO2 ATP ADP D-Xylulose-5-P Ribulose-5-P Ribose-5-P Sedoheptulose-7-P Glyceraldehyde-3-P Erythrose-4-P Fructose-6-P Glyceraldehyde-3-P Fructose-6-P Transketolase Transaldolase Transketolase L-Arabinose L-Ribulose L-arabinose isomerase L-ribulokinase L-Ribulose-5-P L-ribulose-5-P 4-epimerase ATP ADP Glycolysis D-Xylose ATP Xylulokinase D-Xylulose ADP ATP ADP Dihydroxyacetone-P 1,3-P-Glycerate 3-P-Glycerate 2-P-Glycerate ADP ATP Xylose Reductase Xylitol Xylitol Dehydrogenase ATP ADP Cell Wall CO2
  92. 92. Integrated Informatics Directed Evolution Proteomics Metabolite Profiling Transcriptional Profiling Flux Analysis Genome Sequence Functional Genomics Metabolic Eng “Omics” Tool Kit
  93. 93. • Biomass Basics • Overview of Conversion Options • Details of Enzyme-based Technology • Biorefining Now and in the Future Outline
  94. 94. Todays Sugar Platform Biorefineries Examples • Domestic – Corn mills (wet and dry) – Paper mills (virgin and recycle) • International – Sugar Mills (cane and beet) • Especially Brazil’s sugar-ethanol mills
  95. 95. Today’s Corn Grain Biorefineries Processed to • Oil • Gluten • Foods • Starch • Industrial Products Starch to Sugar Products • Syrups • Ethanol • Industrial Fermentation Products (many) Directly Consumed • Sweet corn • Popcorn Processed to • Flours • Grits • Bran • Tortillas • Chips Processed to • Ethanol • Feed Emerging products • polymers & chemicals 4%4% Seed 2% 3% 75% 15%
  96. 96. Biomass Conversion Technology “Platforms” Thermochemical Platform (Gasification, Pyrolysis) Sugar Platform (Hydrolysis) Fuels, Chemicals & Materials Biomass Combined Heat & Power Residues By-products CO, H2, Bio-oil Sugars, Lignin Enable Biorefineries Oils
  97. 97. Cellulosic Biorefinery Vision An integrated biorefinery will make use of: – Thermochemical conversion technology – Biochemical conversion technology – Existing technology • Available today
  98. 98. Challenges to Deploying Future Lignocellulosic Biorefineries • Demonstrating economic competitiveness in the marketplace – Must be able to show compelling economics with acceptable risk relative to the competition, i.e., provide a value proposition that can compete with the current industrial sugar platform Example: Compare process economics of an existing corn dry mill versus a hypothetical enzymatic process using corn stover. Both producing ethanol and one coproduct.
  99. 99. Probable Commercial Configuration Higher temperature enzymatic cellulose saccharification Beer product slurry to distillation and solids recovery Mesophilic enzymatic hydrolysis & biomass sugar fermentation Pretreated and conditioned biomass slurry 1st Stage 2nd Stage • Anticipate exploiting cost effective cellulase preparations in a two stage saccharification/fermentation process • 1st stage: Operate at enzymes’ Topt to exploit thermostability and produce an intermediate sugar stream (consistent with “sugar platform” concept) • 2nd stage: Inoculate, run in SSF/SSCF mode to achieve high cellulose conversion yield
  100. 100. Feedstock Collection and Delivery Pre-processing Conversion Process Steps Ethanol and Solids Recovery, Water Recycle Grain Mashing Using Acid, Jet Cooking, and Enzymes Glucose Sugar Fermentation Amylases STARCH PROCESS Hexose Utilizing Microbe Themochemical Pretreatment Using Acid or Alkali Conditioning Cellulose Hydrolysis Using Enzymes Cellulases Mixed Biomass Sugar Fermentation STOVER PROCESS Hexose and Pentose Utilizing Microbe
  101. 101. Comparative Economics Where We Were: Estimated Process Economics as of Late 1990s -1.0 0.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 5.0 6.0 7.0 Grain Dry Mill Stover Enzymatic Process ManufacturingCost($/gallon) Feedstock Nutrients & Raw Matls Enzymes Fixed (incl. Waste Disp) Capital Depreciation Coproduct (DDGS or Elec.) Total Greenfield, non-niche, single co-product scenarios
  102. 102. Key Findings • Costs driven by – Feedstock (grain or stover) – Enzymes (stover) – Utilities prices (gas and electricity; grain) – Capital equipment (stover) Observation of enzyme cost hurdle led USDOE to emphasize cellulase cost reduction RFP that ultimately led to contracts with Genencor and Novozymes. What will comparative economics look like when cost targets achieved?
  103. 103. Target Economics Future Goal -0.50 -0.25 0.00 0.25 0.50 0.75 1.00 1.25 1.50 1.75 Grain Dry Mill Stover Enzymatic Process ManufacturingCost($/gallon) Feedstock Nutrients & Raw Matls Enzymes Fixed (incl. Waste Disp) Capital Depreciation Coproduct (DDGS or Elec.) Total Greenfield, non-niche, single co-product scenarios
  104. 104. Opportunities and Challenges • Lower operating cost – Operating cost less enzymes potentially 20-40% lower processing stover – Diversifying feedstock options provide hedge against rising grain prices • Higher capital cost – $2.5-4.0/annual gal for stover vs. $1.0-1.5 for grain – Co-location and co-products can reduce capital burden
  105. 105. Current Situation • Technology becoming market competitive – Cost of enzymes falling dramatically – Process chemistry gaps being elucidated – Capital cost decreasing through process intensification • Deployment risk being reduced – Many commercial projects underway – Iogen operating demonstration plant in Ottawa, ON (Canada) – Engineering of hardier ethanologens progressing • Societal and environmental benefits being proved – First “crade to grave” Life Cycle Analysis completed
  106. 106. Potential for Novel Coproducts from Enzymatic Sugar Platform Process Soluble Lignin (Low/Medium MW Phenolics) Hemicellulose Hydrolyzate (Xylose) Cellulose Hydrolyzate (Glucose or Mixed Sugars) Insoluble Lignin (High MW Phenolics) 1o Enzymatic Cellulose Hydrolysis Pretreatment Hemicellulose Hydrolysis 2o Enzymatic Hydrolysis & Fermentation Ethanol Recovery & Purification Cell Mass, Enzymes (Protein, etc.) Process Residue Solids Process Residue Liquids Biomass EtOH
  107. 107. Potential Opportunities for D-Xylose (as an alternative to existing sugar products, esp. glucose) • Chiral molecule for specialty products – Build off unique structure and properties of xylose, e.g. xylitol – Exploit chirality for new product synthesis • Novel monomer for biomaterials and biopolymers • Carbon source for fermentation processes – Avoid glucose catabolite repression – Reduce operational constraints, e.g., ↓ µmax, ↓ OURmax α-D-Xyloseα-D-Glucose
  108. 108. Concentration & Purification of Sugar Product(s) Multiproduct Lignocellulose Biorefinery Sugar (and Lignin) Platform Example Sugar-rich HydrolyzateFeedstock Handling Biomass Fractionation Waste Water Treatment Renewable Biomass Feedstock Waste Water Residual Solids & Syrup Biogas & Sludge Sugar Product(s) Recycle Water Steam Steam Catalyst Steam, Acid, Enzyme, etc.) Steam Generation Power Production (Turbogenerator) Ethanol Production & Recovery Hydrolyzate & Residual Solids Fuel Ethanol Make-up Water Waste Water Unrecovered Sugars Electricity Steam Water Recovered Lignin Purification & Drying of Lignin Product(s) Lignin Product(s) Steam Water Residual Lignin Residual Lignin Residual lignin also can be used to feed gasification or pyrolysis units yielding different or additional products. WWT includes anaerobic and aerobic digestion These streams can feed additional process steps
  109. 109. Outlook • Sustainability benefits must be validated • Great progress being made…. – Compelling operating costs within reach – Commercialization risks diminishing • …But more needed to achieve market competitiveness – Process(es) must be proved at scale – Feedstock supply systems must be developed/validated • Breakthroughs will spur deployment – Robust ethanologens (>10% EtOH on pentoses) – Supportive legislation/policies
  110. 110. Challenges Ahead – Conversion Tech. Scientific Fundamentals Engineering Fundamentals Demonstration and Commercialization •Biomass chemistry and physical properties •Fractionation •Catalysis • Chemical • Biological (enzymes and microorganisms) •Genetic and protein engineering •Process integration •Material and energy balances •Solids handling and feeding •Reactor design •Catalyst production •Reaction kinetics •Separation technology •Materials of construction •Control systems and automation •Decrease financial risk (in the context of energy price fluctuations) •Process knowledge at large scale •Lower capital and operating costs •Reduce environmental risk (minimize waste) •Integrate systems for fuels, chemicals, materials, and power for optimum product slate Increasing costs and industry involvement
  111. 111. Alternative Fuels User Facility (AFUF) • Unique modern user facility developed to support biomass and bioprocess R&D – Completed in 1994 – 10,000 ft2 Process Demonstration Unit – 6,000 ft2 supporting bench scale laboratories • Mission: – Enable commercial development partners – Facilitate rapid identification of economically attractive biomass/bioprocessing opportunities – Develop, test and validate bioconversion processes at bench, minipilot and pilot scales
  112. 112. 6,000 ft2 bench scale process development & support laboratories 10,000 ft2 Integrated Process Development Unit (PDU)
  113. 113. Alternative Fuels User Facility (AFUF) Process Development Unit A fully integrated biomass to ethanol plant • Processes one ton biomass per day • Extensive pre-treatment equipment options • Batch & continuous fermentation • State-of-art process control and data handling
  114. 114. Testing Capabilities at the AFUF • Integrated Process Development Unit (PDU) – Designed to process one (1) ton dry biomass per day This is the smallest scale at which continuous high solids pretreatment and liquor conditioning can be performed – Major components include: • Sunds Hydrolyzer vertical pretreatment reactor • AST continuous column system for liquor conditioning • Four (4) 9000 L fermentors • Supporting equipment – Feedstock handling – Seed production – Distillation (ethanol stripping) – Various S/L separations devices – Etc.
  115. 115. AFUF Testing Capabilities, cont’d • Minipilot systems for biomass pretreatment and integrated bioprocess testing smallest scale for performing batch high solids pretreatment and continuous high solids bioprocessing – Major components include several smaller pretreatment systems (3-4 L scales) and a variety of highly configurable bioprocessing systems (10- 100 L scales) • Extensive small scale bench systems for batch screening of prospective conversion processes Together, these capabililities enable high quality validation of batch, fed-batch and continuous bioprocesses prior to scaling up to more costly pilot scale – Assess performance of continuous processes at high solids (biomass) concentrations (>20% total solids, >15% insoluble solids) – Produce accurate performance data supported by reliable carbon mass balance closures (100% ±5%)
  116. 116. Microbial Fermentation Examples • Microorganisms: – Bacteria, yeast and fungi • Zymomonas mobilis, Escherichia coli • Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Pichia stipitis • Trichoderma reesei, Aspergillus niger • Processes: – EtOH fermentation (± enzymatic hydrolysis) – Protein (e.g., hydrolase production) – Valued-added products from xylose • Experimental systems: – Test tube through 9000-L fermentors – With or without solids (slurries) – Batch, fed-batch, or continuous – Anaerobic, microaerophilic, or aerobic
  117. 117. • Biomass Basics • Overview of Conversion Options • Details of Enzyme-based Technology • Biorefining Now and in the Future Wrap Up Outline
  118. 118. Additional Information • EERE Biomass Program – http://www.eere.energy.gov/biomass/ Multi-year Technical Plan (MYTP) Biomass feedstocks, sugars platform, and products R&D Process engineering and life cycle analysis (LCA) Capabilities, facilities and expertise • NREL Biomass Research – http://www.nrel.gov/biomass/ Capabilities, staff, projects Energy analysis and LCA tools Publications database • Joint USDOE-USDA Biomass R&D Initiative – www.bioproducts-bioenergy.gov Status/archives detailing initiative strategies and recent high-level progress, including RFPs issued and funds/projects awarded Biomass “Fact Sheets” for each state in the US (see publications)
  119. 119. Thank You “…fossil fuels are a one-time gift that lifted us up from subsistence agriculture and eventually should lead us to a future based on renewable resources” Kenneth Deffeyes, Hubbert’s Peak, 2001 Final Thought…
  120. 120. • Data from NREL’s Sugar Platform R&D – Sugar Platform Integration team (Dan Schell et al.) – Enzyme Subcontract Liaison (Jim McMillan et a.) • Comparative economics from NREL-USDA joint study – USDOE/NREL: Kelly Ibsen, Robert Wallace – USDA ARS: Andrew McAloon, Frank Taylor, Winnie Yee • Funding – USDOE’s EERE’s Office of the Biomass Program Acknowledgments
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