Chapter 12. Biofuels: Production and Applications

  1. Prof. Wim Soetaert and
  2. Prof. Erick J. Vandamme
  1. Alexandre Rojey and
  2. Frédéric Monot

Published Online: 29 APR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9783527630233.ch12

Industrial Biotechnology: Sustainable Growth and Economic Success

Industrial Biotechnology: Sustainable Growth and Economic Success

How to Cite

Rojey, A. and Monot, F. (2010) Biofuels: Production and Applications, in Industrial Biotechnology: Sustainable Growth and Economic Success (eds W. Soetaert and E. J. Vandamme), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany. doi: 10.1002/9783527630233.ch12

Editor Information

  1. Ghent University, Department of Biochemical and Microbial Technology, Centre of Expertise – Industrial Biotechnology and Biocatalysis, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Coupure links 653, 9000 Gent, Belgium

Author Information

  1. Institut Français du Pétrole, Biotechnology and Biomass Chemistry Department, 1 et 4, avenue de Bois - Préau, 92852 Rueil - Malmaison Cedex, France

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 29 APR 2010
  2. Published Print: 21 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527314423

Online ISBN: 9783527630233



  • biodiesel production;
  • esterification;
  • hydrogenation;
  • ethanol production;
  • lignocellulosic biomass;
  • pyrolysis and torrefaction;
  • sustainability;
  • biorefineries


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • A Renewed Interest in Biofuels

  • Present Conversion Pathways

  • Biodiesel Production from Vegetable Oils and Fats

  • Ethanol and ETBE Production

  • The Need for New Developments

  • Lignocellulosic Biomass Resources

  • Production of Ethanol from Lignocellulosic Biomass

  • Production of Biofuels Through the Thermochemical Pathway

  • Biorefineries

  • Biofuels and Sustainability

  • Conclusion

  • References