Fuel Ethanol Production from Sweet Sorghum Bagasse Using Microwave Irradiation

S. Marx, I. Chiyanzu, B. Ndaba & C.J. Schabort
Sweet sorghum is a hardy crop that can be grown on marginal land and can provide both food and energy in an integrated food and energy system. Lignocellulose rich sweet sorghum bagasse (solid left over after starch and juice extraction) can be converted to bioethanol using a variety of technologies. The largest barrier to commercial production of fuel ethanol from lignocellulosic material remains the high processing costs associated with enzymatic hydrolysis and the use of...