Energies (Basel) 2018 Jul 9;11(7):1797. Epub 2018 Jul 9.
Department of Microbiology, Universität Innsbruck, Technikerstraße 25d, A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria.
With regard to social and environmental sustainability, second-generation biofuel and biogas production from lignocellulosic material provides considerable potential, since lignocellulose represents an inexhaustible, ubiquitous natural resource, and is therefore one important step towards independence from fossil fuel combustion. However, the highly heterogeneous structure and recalcitrant nature of lignocellulose restricts its commercial utilization in biogas plants. Improvements therefore rely on effective pretreatment methods to overcome structural impediments, thus facilitating the accessibility and digestibility of (ligno)cellulosic substrates during anaerobic digestion. Read More