Feasibility of co-producing arabinoxylans and ethanol in a wheat biorefinery


Cereals & Oilseeds
Project code:
01 February 2006 - 31 January 2007
AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds.
AHDB sector cost:
£71,894 from HGCA
Project leader:
MA Mustafa1,2, N Misailidis2 , F Mateos-Salvador1, 2, C Du2 , J Sadhukhan1 and GM Campbell2 1 Centre for Process Integration, 2 Satake Centre for Grain Process Engineering, School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, The University of Manchester, PO Box 88, Manchester, M60 1QD


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About this project


The feasibility of extracting arabinoxylans from wheat bran within a wheat biorefinery principally producing ethanol was investigated. Based on this test case, a framework for evaluating opportunities for co-product production and process integration in wheat biorefineries has been established.

Production of bioethanol is increasing rapidly around the world, in order to alleviate pressure on oil supplies and the environmental burden of burning fossil fuels, as well as to increase national energy security and to rejuvenate rural economies. Bioethanol production in the UK, however, has not yet started. It is recognised that in order to make UK bioethanol production economically competitive and commercially feasible, the ethanol must be produced as one of several co-products within a biorefinery. This would allow scope for more integrated, and hence more economical, processes.