Cellulosic Ethanol Production Process
Three primary polymers exist in the walls of plant cells – cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin. To convert cellulose to ethanol, the chains of cellulose molecules must be broken into sugars and then fermented into ethanol using yeasts.
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Sources: U.S. Department of Energy and Renewable Fuels Association.