Perspectives on the SERI Alcohol Fuels Program

    Research output: NRELTechnical Report


    The production of alcohols from lignocellulosic biomass has moved from a long-range technology a few years ago to one with a real near-term potential for commercial development. SERI's 1 ton/day gasifier produces a medium-Btu gas used to make methanol with only a small water shift. Recent catalyst research has produced materials that make methanol and mixtures of higher alcohols that will enhancethe value of methanol as a fuel extender. Three processes have emerged as candidates for early development. They are (1) a high-temperature, dilute-acid, plug-flow approach similar to the Dartmouth reactor; (2) steam explosion pretreatment followed by hydrolysis using the RUT-C30 fungal organism; and (3) direct microbial conversion of cellulose to ethanol using bacteria in single or mixedcultures.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages8
    StatePublished - 1984

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/TP-231-2326


    • alcohol fuels
    • SERI


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