Global status of lignocellulosic biorefinery: Challenges and perspectives

Nisha Singh, Reeta Rani Singhania, Poonam S. Nigam, Cheng Di Dong, Anil Kumar Patel, Munish Puri

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The bioprocessing of lignocellulosic biomass to produce bio-based products under biorefinery setup is gaining global attention. The economic viability of this biorefinery would be inclined by the efficient bioconversion of all three major constituents of lignocellulosic biomass i.e. cellulose, hemicellulose, and lignin for value-added biochemicals and biofuels production. Although the lignocellulosic biorefinery setup has a clear value proposition, the commercial success at the industrial scale is still inadequate. This can be attributed mainly to irregular biomass supply chain, market uncertainties, and scale-up challenges. Global research efforts are underway by public and private sectors to get deeper market penetration. A comprehensive account of important factors, limitations, and propositions are worth consideration for the commercial success of lignocellulosic biorefineries. In this article, the importance of integration of lignocellulosic biorefineries with existing petrochemical refineries, the technical challenges of industrialization, SWOT analysis, and future directions have been reviewed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number126415
Number of pages13
JournalBioresource Technology
Issue numberPt B
Early online date25 Nov 2021
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 31 Jan 2022

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Funding Information:
NS is thankful to the Department of Life Science, J. C. Bose University of Science & Technology Faridabad, India for providing the resources. MP acknowledges the support from Flinders University, Australia to pursue collaborative research. AKP and RRS would like to acknowledge the Taiwan MOST for funding support (Ref. No. 109-2222-E-992-002 ).

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  • Biobased-chemicals
  • Bioenergy
  • Biofuels
  • Biomass
  • Biorefinery
  • Lignocellulosics


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