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posted on 26.03.2021, 04:21 by Alejandra Rodríguez, Teresa Gea, Xavier Font

Biosurfactants are being proposed as a substitute for surfactants in the framework of a circular economy strategy. Sophorolipids (SL) are a type of biosurfactant produced by yeast that can be produced through submerged or solid-state fermentation (SSF) processes. Even though sophorolipids are being produced at full scale, through submerged fermentations, environmental and technoeconomic information regarding its production through SSF is unavailable. An inventory of data necessary to perform preliminary economic and environmental assessments is presented in this study. Data was obtained from three SSF processes at 22-L reactor volume and from two SSF processes at 100-L reactor volume, using winterization oil cake and molasses as substrates, wheat straw as support material, and Starmerella bombicola as SL producing yeast. The effect of increasing the operation scale was assessed. Besides presenting parameters such as inoculum production, initial mass of substrates, and airflow requirements; process emissions (NH3, Volatile Organic Compounds, N2O, SH2 and CH4) and the biogas potential of the spent fermentation solids were also presented.

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