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ECN publication
BIOCORE Final publishable summary report
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ECN Biomass & Energy Efficiency 16-7-2018
ECN report number: Document type:
ECN-E--14-029 ECN publication
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The deconstruction of non-food lignocellulosic biomass into its major component parts (i.e. biorefining) is a major challenge that has mobilized considerable R&D resources worldwide for several decades. Many processes have focused on the aim of extracting cellulose, since this biomass component is a source of glucose, which can then be used as a feedstock for industrial biotechnology. Nevertheless, biomass is rarely composed of more than 50% w/w cellulose, thus biorefinery technologies also need to extract the other components in a manner that will facilitate their further valorization. This specific challenge is central to the BIOCORE concept that uses organosolv technology to optimize the extraction of the three major components of biomass (i.e. cellulose, hemicelluloses and lignins), and thus add significant value to at least 90% of the biomass feedstock.

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