Wednesday, May 2, 2007 - 4:30 PM

Lignocellulose-based Bio-ethanol Production: Research Progress and Programmes in China

Guanyi Chen1, Zhenghong Yuan2, Jie Feng1, and Keya Li1. (1) Faculty of Environmental Science and Engineering, Tianjin University, Weijin Road 92, Tianjin, 300072, China, (2) Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou, China

Rapid economic growth in China leads to the challenges of energy supply particularly oil demand and supply unbalance. Chinese government therefore prioritise the development of oil substitutes such as bio-ethanol, biodiesel, and biomass-derived liquid fuels.  Bio-ethanol can be produced from starch, sugar and lignocellulose. Considering lignocellulose is quite abundant and also cheap in China, significant attention is therefore being paid to its conversion into ethanol thorough intensive research and policy initiatives. 
This paper presents the research and demonstration/commercialization progress of  lignocellulose-to-ethanol up to now, and meanwhile illustrates next 5-years National Research & Development Programme in China. Finally, uncertainties with regard to political and economic concerns of lignocellulose-to-ethanol are discussed. The results of this paper may be very valuable for the world getting known Chinese efforts and ambition in promoting bio-ethanol industry particularly from lignocellulose.