Low Cost Conversion of Industrial Sludges to Ethanol - N.C. State University
Funding recipient: North Carolina State University, Raleigh
Award amount: $183,802
North Carolina State University and Advanced Residuals Management are partnering on this project to identify and develop a new cost-effective feedstock for biofuels production compared to conventional agricultural practices. This project utilizes sludge from papermaking processes in North Carolina as a feedstock for ethanol production, avoiding landfill costs of the sludge. Researchers are characterizing a variety of industrial sludges for ethanol production potential, and will evaluate the fractionation of the sludge into two valuable streams, a carbohydrate rich stream for ethanol and a carbonate rich stream for crop land applications. Researchers will evaluate the conversion of sludge to ethanol for an extended continuous pilot plant evaluation and will conduct a rigorous economic evaluation to justify an industrial processing plant.
North Carolina counties benefiting from this project: Wake
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