The future of membranes in biorefineries

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Title The future of membranes in biorefineries
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Description Both membranes and biorefineries are the past and future. Natural membranes and biological processes are the fundaments of life on our planet Earth. Our most advanced artificial membranes are still simple compared to the biological membranes created by nature. The biological processes which are nowadays the backbone of the biorefineries have been developed in due of the evolution and fermentation processes have been adopted by humans since the first cereal were farmed and beer could be produced approx. 10.000 BCE. After the industrialization pushed by the fossil fuels, human kind had to realize that these resources are limited and their utilization has a negative impact on the world climate.
The initial industrial biorefinery processes were based around agricultural raw materials which created a potential competition with human food supply but nowadays the focus is on cellulosic material – e.g. agricultural residuals or wood biomass – and algae as biorefinery raw materials with all their challenges. The general development of using membrane processes in industry in general and in biorefineries in particular is further stimulated by trend towards electrification. Membrane processes consuming mainly electricity and the operating temperatures are moderate, which make them easier to fit with electrification strategies compared to heat based separation technologies.
Key to the sustainable success of membranes in biorefineries will be application and membrane/module development combined with solving integration challenges and cleaning and fouling.
It is thus hoped that the contents of this summer school will support the development of membranes in biorefineries by stimulating the exchanges of idea between different participating groups of researchers.
Date/period

2017 Jun 262017 Jun 30

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Chemical Engineering

Keywords

  • Membrane applications, Membrane processes, Biorefineries
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Both membranes and biorefineries are the past and future. Natural membranes and biological processes are the fundaments of life on our planet Earth. Our most advanced artificial membranes are still simple compared to the biological membranes created by nature. The biological processes which are nowadays the backbone of the biorefineries have been developed in due of the evolution and fermentation processes have been adopted by humans since the first cereal were farmed and beer could be produced approx. 10.000 BCE. After the industrialization pushed by the fossil fuels, human kind had to realize that these resources are limited and their utilization has a negative impact on the world climate.
The initial industrial biorefinery processes were based around agricultural raw materials which created a potential competition with human food supply but nowadays the focus is on cellulosic material – e.g. agricultural residuals or wood biomass – and algae as biorefinery raw materials with all their challenges. The general development of using membrane processes in industry in general and in biorefineries in particular is further stimulated by trend towards electrification. Membrane processes consuming mainly electricity and the operating temperatures are moderate, which make them easier to fit with electrification strategies compared to heat based separation technologies.
Key to the sustainable success of membranes in biorefineries will be application and membrane/module development combined with solving integration challenges and cleaning and fouling.
It is thus hoped that the contents of this summer school will support the development of membranes in biorefineries by stimulating the exchanges of idea between different participating groups of researchers.
2017 Jun 262017 Jun 30

Event (Conference)

Title34th EMS Summer School
Period2017/06/262017/06/30
LocationPalaestra and Bäckaskog Castle
CityLund/Fjälkinge
CountrySweden