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Citrus waste as feedstock for bio-based products recovery: Review on limonene case study and energy valorization

Negro, Viviana, Mancini, Giuseppe, Ruggeri, Bernardo, Fino, Debora
Bioresource technology 2016 v.214 pp. 806-815
Citrus, European Union, anti-infective properties, biobased products, bioprocessing, byproducts, case studies, citrus peels, energy, energy recovery, energy resources, feedstocks, fruit juices, limonene, pollution, value added, wastes
The citrus peels and residue of fruit juices production are rich in d-limonene, a cyclic terpene characterized by antimicrobial activity, which could hamper energy valorization bioprocess. Considering that limonene is used in nutritional, pharmaceutical and cosmetic fields, citrus by-products processing appear to be a suitable feedstock either for high value product recovery or energy bio-processes. This waste stream, more than 10MTon at 2013 in European Union (AIJN, 2014), can be considered appealing, from the view point of conducting a key study on limonene recovery, as its content of about 1%w/w of high value-added molecule. Different processes are currently being studied to recover or remove limonene from citrus peel to both prevent pollution and energy resources recovery. The present review is aimed to highlight pros and contras of different approaches suggesting an energy sustainability criterion to select the most effective one for materials and energy valorization.