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1. US20180282683 - METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR SEPARATING ETHANOL FROM FERMENTED BIOMASS

Office United States of America
Application Number 15898744
Application Date 19.02.2018
Publication Number 20180282683
Publication Date 04.10.2018
Grant Number 10087411
Grant Date 02.10.2018
Publication Kind B1
IPC
C12M 1/00
CCHEMISTRY; METALLURGY
12BIOCHEMISTRY; BEER; SPIRITS; WINE; VINEGAR; MICROBIOLOGY; ENZYMOLOGY; MUTATION OR GENETIC ENGINEERING
MAPPARATUS FOR ENZYMOLOGY OR MICROBIOLOGY
1Apparatus for enzymology or microbiology
C12P 7/06
CCHEMISTRY; METALLURGY
12BIOCHEMISTRY; BEER; SPIRITS; WINE; VINEGAR; MICROBIOLOGY; ENZYMOLOGY; MUTATION OR GENETIC ENGINEERING
PFERMENTATION OR ENZYME-USING PROCESSES TO SYNTHESISE A DESIRED CHEMICAL COMPOUND OR COMPOSITION OR TO SEPARATE OPTICAL ISOMERS FROM A RACEMIC MIXTURE
7Preparation of oxygen-containing organic compounds
02containing a hydroxy group
04acyclic
06Ethanol, i.e. non-beverage
C07C 29/80
CCHEMISTRY; METALLURGY
07ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
CACYCLIC OR CARBOCYCLIC COMPOUNDS
29Preparation of compounds having hydroxy or O-metal groups bound to a carbon atom not belonging to a six-membered aromatic ring
74Separation; Purification; Stabilisation; Use of additives
76by physical treatment
80by distillation
C07C 31/08
CCHEMISTRY; METALLURGY
07ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
CACYCLIC OR CARBOCYCLIC COMPOUNDS
31Saturated compounds having hydroxy or O-metal groups bound to acyclic carbon atoms
02Monohydroxylic acyclic alcohols
08Ethanol
B01D 3/00
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
01PHYSICAL OR CHEMICAL PROCESSES OR APPARATUS IN GENERAL
DSEPARATION
3Distillation or related exchange processes in which liquids are contacted with gaseous media, e.g. stripping
B01D 3/14
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
01PHYSICAL OR CHEMICAL PROCESSES OR APPARATUS IN GENERAL
DSEPARATION
3Distillation or related exchange processes in which liquids are contacted with gaseous media, e.g. stripping
14Fractional distillation
CPC
B01D 3/002
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
01PHYSICAL OR CHEMICAL PROCESSES OR APPARATUS IN GENERAL
DSEPARATION
3Distillation or related exchange processes in which liquids are contacted with gaseous media, e.g. stripping
001Processes specially adapted for distillation or rectification of fermented solutions
002by continuous methods
B01D 3/146
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
01PHYSICAL OR CHEMICAL PROCESSES OR APPARATUS IN GENERAL
DSEPARATION
3Distillation or related exchange processes in which liquids are contacted with gaseous media, e.g. stripping
14Fractional distillation ; or use of a fractionation or rectification column
143by two or more of a fractionation, separation or rectification step
146Multiple effect distillation
B01D 3/32
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
01PHYSICAL OR CHEMICAL PROCESSES OR APPARATUS IN GENERAL
DSEPARATION
3Distillation or related exchange processes in which liquids are contacted with gaseous media, e.g. stripping
14Fractional distillation ; or use of a fractionation or rectification column
32Other features of fractionating columns ; ; Constructional details of fractionating columns not provided for in groups B01D3/16 - B01D3/30
B01D 3/38
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
01PHYSICAL OR CHEMICAL PROCESSES OR APPARATUS IN GENERAL
DSEPARATION
3Distillation or related exchange processes in which liquids are contacted with gaseous media, e.g. stripping
34with one or more auxiliary substances
38Steam distillation
B01D 5/006
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
01PHYSICAL OR CHEMICAL PROCESSES OR APPARATUS IN GENERAL
DSEPARATION
5Condensation of vapours; Recovering volatile solvents by condensation
0057in combination with other processes
006with evaporation or distillation
B01D 5/0087
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
01PHYSICAL OR CHEMICAL PROCESSES OR APPARATUS IN GENERAL
DSEPARATION
5Condensation of vapours; Recovering volatile solvents by condensation
0078characterised by auxiliary systems or arrangements
0087Recirculating of the cooling medium
Applicants Edward Brian HAMRICK
Inventors Edward Brian HAMRICK
Title
(EN) METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR SEPARATING ETHANOL FROM FERMENTED BIOMASS
Abstract
(EN)

A method for separating ethanol from fermented biomass is provided. Fermented biomass that is rich in ethanol is used directly as packing material in a distillation column, and a small amount of water at the bottom of the column is used to efficiently transfer heat to the biomass at the bottom of the column. The fermented biomass packing has a high ratio of surface area to volume, making an efficient packing material. As vapor condenses on the biomass, diffusion of ethanol/water vapor from the body of the biomass enriches the ethanol concentration at the surface of the biomass. Droplets containing lower concentrations of ethanol drip downwards from the biomass, and vapors containing higher concentrations of ethanol rise upwards from the biomass, resulting in a higher concentration of ethanol at the top of the column than was initially in the biomass.