Description of technology
Bioethanol is one of the energy alternative sources which can replace fossil fuel as biofuel. The utilization of bioethanol in the biofuel is mixing a number of gasoline to the bioethanol with the certain ratio. This process is known as biogasoline / gasohol. Bioethanol is produced from biomass raw material with enzymatic and fermentation reaction. Bioethanol production from the first generation biomass (molasses, starch, corn etc.) was became commercial scale in the few years ago. But, the utilization of the first generation biomass caused competition between food and feed industries. Because of this problem, the bioethanol production from the second generation biomass not competing with food and feed sectors biomass was introduced by many research and development institution in many countries. Research center for chemistry-LIPI is conducting research and development of lignocellulosic bioethanol pilot plant with 10 L/day capacity. The raw material in this pilot plant is Oil Palm Empty Fruit Bunches (OPEFB) obtained from plantation waste. OPEFB is more abundant in Indonesia as bioethanol material feedstocks. There are three processes to the lignocellulosic bioethanol production, i.e. : Alkali pretreatment, saccharification and fermentation processes, distillation and dehydration process.
Specific Features
Bioethanol can replace gasoline in certain composition.
Keywords (maximum 5)
Lignocellulose, bioethanol, biomass, biofuel
Status of Technology
Pilot Plant
Sustainable source of energy. More labour involved to produce lignocellulosic bioethanol. The bioethanol production is environmentally friendly.
Areas of application/Business opportunities
Tropical plantation with high biomass waste, The low pressure geothermal utilization as for bioethanol purification.
List of components used
Pretreatment (lignocelluloses biomass, explosion reactor, cyclone, belt press, washing tank, screw conveyor) Hydrolysis and Fermentation (bioreactor, cellulase enzyme, saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast) Distillation and Dehydration (Mash & Stripper column, Rectifying column, pressure swing adsorption (PSA) reactor, zeolite
Name of the component
TOTAL of Pilot Plant System ;Explosion Reactor Bioreactor Distillation Dehydration
Capacity/Wattage (W)
200 kW
Voltage input (V)
220 /380 V
Current consumed (A)
909 / 526
Type of protection
Anti corrosion/chemical
Heat output delivered
Explosion Reactor - Oil heater Bioreactor - Steam Distillation - Steam Dehydration - Stea
Total area required (sqM)
About 6000 sqM
Cooling system
Explosion Reactor - Cooling water Bioreactor - Cooling/Chiller water Distillation - Cooling water Dehydration - Cooling/Chiller water
Materials required for construction
Pipe, stainless steel, pump, valve, metal, rubber.
Maintenance requirements
Oil maintaining and regularly cleaning for each equipment.
Technology transfer terms
Name of the organization
Research Center for Chemistry – LIPI
Address/Zip code
Kawasan PUSPIPTEK Serpong 15314
Serpong / Indonesia
+62-21-7560929 /+62-21-7560524