Anely Andrea Lara Flores was interviewed by national news – 2018.
“We already had it in small-scale laboratory conditions, 750 milliliters (ml); the turn now would be to scale up the process, bring it to industrial conditions or a step earlier ‘in a pilot plant’. In addition to this, which was central, also looking for an alternative to a traditional scaling process that involves time, money, effort, resources and quite large machines ”, explained Anely Andrea Lara Flores, collaborator of the project and the cluster.
In this project, the use of the severity factor was evaluated, an empirical equation (mathematical model) that helps to represent the behavior of biomass under operating conditions of time and process temperature, in various configurations as in the use of techniques such as heating with microwave and steam explosion. This would save time and resources to scale up the process.
With this, a scaling from 100 ml to 750 ml, then seven liters, to a 50 liter reactor was achieved. It should be noted that the escalation of the process was with the help of Dr. Mario Aguedo, from the University of Liège in Belgium, where Anely Lara carried out a research stay to study the scale-up of the process.
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