Impact of feedstocks and downstream processing technologies on the economics of caproic acid production in fermentation by Megasphaera elsdenii T81

Hyunjin Kim, Okkyoung Choi, Byoung Seung Jeon, Woo Seok Choe, Byoung In Sang

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Abstract

Caproic acid (CA) was produced by Megasphaera elsdenii T81 with Jerusalem artichoke tubers (JA) as a feedstock. More CA was produced under the medium with the acid hydrolysate of JA than the comparative medium with a carbon composition similar to that of JA. CA was produced up to 13.0 g/L and 0.52 g/L/h with extractive fermentation using a mixed solvent of alamine 336 in oleyl alcohol at 37 °C. The JA cost to produce 1 ton of CA is only 505 USD, which is much lower than that required for purchasing sucrose (860 USD) in CA production. As a result of the analysis performed using SuperPro Designer, including the cost of distillation to obtain pure CA, the estimated production cost for CA from dry JA is 1869 USD/ton CA at the production scale of 2000 ton/year, which is lower than the current market price for petroleum-derived CA (~2500 USD/ton).

Original languageEnglish
Article number122794
JournalBioresource Technology
Volume301
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020 Apr

Keywords

  • Caproic acid
  • Extractive fermentation
  • Jerusalem artichoke
  • Megasphaera elsdenii

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