Techno-economic analysis of options for the use of sugarcane bagasse as a source of chemicals and energy

About this project

Project description

This project will use techno-economic analysis to identify the most attractive products to produce from sugarcane bagasse and biorenewable compounds. Options considered will include high-value chemicals and energy and combinations of products.

The optimal biomass composition will be defined by analysis of the processing potential of diverse sugarcane genotypes being grown in trials in northern Queensland. This will inform the industry of the best type of sugarcane to grow. Field trials under rainfed (coastal) and irrigation ((Tablelands) conditions with diverse genotypes of sugarcane, including commercial varieties and experimental lines, are in progress to select sugarcane with optimal composition for use in producing new products at the Mossman sugar mill in north Queensland.

The processes requiring innovation to become commercially attractive will be identified. This will all research to target the improvement of the efficiency of processes that are not yet viable with clear knowledge of the efficiencies required.

Outcomes

This project will use techno-economic analysis to identify the most attractive products to produce from sugarcane bagasse/sugarcane bagasse derived molecules.

The optimal biomass composition will be defined by analysis of the processing potential of diverse sugarcane types being grown in trials in northern Queensland. This will inform the industry of the best type of sugarcane to grow.

The processes requiring innovation to become commercially attractive will be identified.

Information for applicants

Essential capabilities

Biomass Conversion, HPLC, materials synthesis

Desireable capabilities

Knowledge of ASPEN PLUS, Techno-economic analysis,

Expected qualifications (Course/Degrees etc.)

M. Tech in Chemical Engineering/M.Sc. in Biotechnology

Project supervisors

Principal supervisors

UQ Supervisor

Professor Robert Henry

Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI)
IITD Supervisor

Professor K.K. Pant

Department of Chemical Engineering