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Boosting bioethanol production from Eucalyptus wood by whey incorporation

The mixture of Eucalyptus globulus wood (EGW) and cheese whey powder (CWP) was proposed for intensification of simultaneous saccharification and fermentation (SSF) at high temperature and solid loadings using the industrial Saccharomyces cerevisiae Ethanol Red® strain. High ethanol concentration (93?g/L), corresponding to 94% ethanol yield, was obtained at 35?°C from 37% of solid mixture using cellulase and ?-galactosidase enzymes (24.2?FPU/g and 20.0?U/g, respectively). The use of CWP mixed with pretreated EGW increased the ethanol concentration in 1.5-fold, in comparison with SSF experiments without CWP for both Ethanol Red® and CEN.PK113-7D strains. Moreover, 1.4-fold higher ethanol concentration was obtained with Ethanol Red®, in comparison with CEN.PK113-7D strain. Ethanol Red® strain was genetically engineered for ?-galactosidase production in order to advance towards a fully integrated process. This work shows the feasibility of attaining high ethanol concentrations in second generation bioprocesses by a multi-waste valorization approach.

» Author: Manuel Cunha, Aloia Romaní, Margarida Carvalho, Lucília Domingues

» Reference: Bioresource Technology, Volume 250

» Publication Date: 01/02/2018

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement N° 690103