Steam explosion rig

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    IBERS Aberystwyth University Plas Gogerddan Aberystwyth Ceredigion SY23 3EE

    United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Equipments Details


Built specifically for the BEACON project.
Uses steam to rapidly heat biomass to high pressure and temperature. Under high pressure the superheated steam penetrates the fibers as a liquid. The reactor is then rapidly decompressed into a flash tank, resulting in the hot liquid water reverting to steam. This rapid expansion explodes the fibre into small particles, which enables better access for enzymes to release fermentable sugars.
Volume of 30 L (0.2 to 2 kg of biomass), operating pressure of 30 barG, and is capable of performing up to 25 runs a day.
Hydrothermal pre-treatment of lignocellulosic biomass for enzyme hydrolysis to sugars.
Physico-chemical pre-treatment of lignocellulosic biomass for enzyme hydrolysis to sugars.
Integrated processing of biomass to products by fermentation.
Improving biogas yield during anaerobic digestion.


NameSteam explosion rig
Acquisition date01 Jun 2010
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