New Zealand Lignocellulosic Biofuel Initiative
The pretreatment process focusses on overcoming the economic barriers associated with biofuel production from lignocellulosic (woody) biomass. The programme addresses thre key technical needs:
- Minimising energy and chemical inputs for thermomechanical pretreatment.
- Maximising the yields and purity of fermentable wood sugars.
- Maintaining the functional value of "native" lignin cor coproduct and energy production opportunity.