Techno-economic analysis of corn stover fungal fermentation to ethanol
Meyer PA, IJ Tews, JK Magnuson, SA Karagiosis, and SB Jones. 2013. "Techno-economic analysis of corn stover fungal fermentation to ethanol." Applied Energy 111:657-668. doi:10.1016/j.apenergy.2013.04.085
This techno-economic analysis assesses the process economics of ethanol production from lignocellulosic feedstock by fungi to identify promising opportunities, and the research needed to achieve them. Based on literature derived data, four different ethanologen strains are considered in this study: native and recombinant Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the natural pentose-fermenting yeast, Pichia stipitis and the filamentous fungus Fusarium oxysporum. In addition, filamentous fungi are applied in multi-organism and consolidated process configurations. Organism performance and technology readiness are categorized as near-term (<5 years), mid-term (5-10 years), and long-term (>10 years) process deployment. The results of the analysis suggest that the opportunity for fungal fermentation exists for lignocellulosic ethanol production.