Wood2CHem: A computer aided platform to support the optimal implementation of wood-based biorefinery concepts

Source: SNF (National Resource Programme NRP 66)

Partner: EPFL, ETHZ

Duration: 2012 – 2016 (55 months)

External website:  http://www.nfp66.ch/en/projects/dialogue-field-2-novel-ways-in-bio-refining-wood/project-marechal


Bio-refineries offer the timber industry numerous ways to turn biomass into valuable products. Due to its composition and complex chemical structure, wood can be used to make a large number of value-added products. A great challenge is the design of each bio-refinery. The project aimed to holistically assess, integrate and optimise innovative processes and conversion technologies in different biorefinery system designs. The aim of the research project is to give a technological guidance to the decision makers in industry and politics, on the suitability of technology from market and environmental perspectives. Therefore, different biorefinery technologies were investigated with respect to their environmental, economic and safety perspective considering the process system engineering dimension and the possibilities of developing synergies between technologies used in an integrated biorefinery. The process integration and optimization of sugar and syngas platforms helped in improving economy of production and lowering the environmental burden of conversion of wood into fuels, chemicals and energy services. The framework developed includes a data base of bio-refinery processes supported by optimization based decision support algorithms.

Contact persons:
Shivom Sharma ([email protected]), A.V. Ensinas ([email protected])

Publication List:

Robust multi-objective optimization of solid oxide fuel cell–gas turbine hybrid cycle and uncertainty analysis

F. Maréchal; S. Sharma 

Journal of Electrochemical Energy Conversion & Storage. 2018. Vol. 15, num. 4, p. 041007. DOI : 10.1115/1.4039944.

Industrial integration of biotechnological processes from raw material to energy integration: Study by Modeling Approach

G. Léonard; A. Pfennig; A. D. Celebi; S. Sharma; F. Maréchal 

Microbial Fuels: Technologies and Applications; CRC Press, 2017.

Integrated multi-objective differential evolution and its application to amine absorption process for natural gas sweetening

S. Sharma; F. Maréchal; G. P. Rangaiah 

Multi-Objective Optimization: Techniques and Applications in Chemical Engineering; G.P Rangaiah, second edition, 2017.

Multi-Objective Optimization Programs and their Application to Amine Absorption Process Design for Natural Gas Sweetening

S. Sharma; G. P. Rangaiah; F. Maréchal 

Multi-objective Optimization: Techniques and Applications in Chemical Engineering; Singapore: Rangaiah G. P., 2017.

Multi-objective optimization of a sugarcane biorefinery for integrated ethanol and methanol production

J. Q. Albarelli; S. Onorati; P. Caliandro; E. Peduzzi; M. A. A. Meireles et al. 

Energy. 2017. Vol. 138, p. 1281-1290. DOI : 10.1016/j.energy.2015.06.104.

Robust multi-objective optimization of gasifier and solid oxide fuel cell plant for electricity production using wood

S. Sharma; A. D. Celebi; F. Marechal 

Energy. 2017. Vol. 137, p. 811-822. DOI : 10.1016/j.energy.2017.04.146.

Product diversification in the sugarcane biorefinery through algae growth and supercritical CO 2 extraction: Thermal and economic analysis

J. Q. Albarelli; D. T. Santos; A. V. Ensinas; F. Marechal; M. J. Cocero et al. 

Renewable Energy. 2017. Vol. 129, num. B, p. 776-785. DOI : 10.1016/j.renene.2017.05.022.

Early-stage decision making approach for the selection of optimally integrated biorefinery processes

A. D. Celebi; A. Ensinas; S. Sharma; F. Maréchal 

Energy. 2017. Vol. 137, p. 908-916. DOI : 10.1016/j.energy.2017.03.080.

Economical Analysis of a Pressurized Fluid-Based Process Applied for Phytochemicals Recovery in a Sustainable Biorefinery Concept for Brazilian Ginseng Roots

J. Albarelli; R. Vardanega; N. Wilkins; D. T. Santos; F. Marechal et al. 

2016. 2nd International Conference on Biomass (IConBM), Taormina, ITALY, JUN 19-22, 2016. p. 355-360. DOI : 10.3303/Cet1650060.

Multi-objective optimization of SNG production from microalgae through hydrothermal gasification

A. Mian; F. Maréchal; A. Viana Ensinas 

Computers and Chemical Engineering. 2015. Vol. 76, p. 170-183. DOI : 10.1016/j.compchemeng.2015.01.013.

Optimum Biorefinery Pathways Selection Using the Integer-Cuts Constraint Method Applied to a MILP Problem

S. Maronese; A. V. Ensinas; A. Mian; A. Lazzaretto; F. Marechal 

Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. 2015. Vol. 54, num. 28, p. 7038-7046. DOI : 10.1021/acs.iecr.5b01439.

Computational platform for optimal design of biorefineries using energy and mass integration

A. D. Celebi; A. Viana Ensinas; E. Peduzzi; F. Maréchal 

24th European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering (ESCAPE25), Denmark, June, 2015.

Valorization of sugarcane biorefinery residues using supercritical water gasification: A case study and perspectives

J. Q. Albarelli; A. Mian; D. T. Santos; A. V. Ensinas; F. Maréchal et al. 

The Journal of Supercritical Fluids. 2015. Vol. 96, p. 133-143. DOI : 10.1016/j.supflu.2014.09.009.

Thermo-Economic Optimisation of Integrated Ethanol and Methanol Production in the Sugarcane Industry

J. Q. Albarelli; S. Onorati; P. Caliandro; E. Peduzzi; F. Marechal et al. 

2014. 17th Conference on Process Integration, Modelling and Optimisation for Energy Saving and Pollution Reduction (PRES 2014), 17th Conference on Process Integration, Modelling and Optimisation for Energy Saving and Pollution Reduction (PRES 2014). p. 1741-1746. DOI : 10.3303/Cet1439291.

Thermo-Economic Optimization of Integrated First and Second Generation Sugarcane Ethanol Plant

A. Viana Ensinas; V. Codina Gironès; J. Queiroz Albarelli; F. Maréchal; M. A. Silva 

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING TRANSACTIONS. 2013. Vol. 35, p. 523-528. DOI : 10.3303/CET1335087.