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Kinetic model of continuous ethanol fermentation in closed-circulating process with pervaporation membrane bioreactor by Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Fan, Senqing, Chen, Shiping, Tang, Xiaoyu, Xiao, Zeyi, Deng, Qing, Yao, Peina, Sun, Zhaopeng, Zhang, Yan, Chen, Chunyan
Bioresource technology 2015 v.177 pp. 169-175
Saccharomyces cerevisiae, bioreactors, cell death, cell growth, continuous fermentation, ethanol, ethanol fermentation, ethanol production, kinetics, models, mortality, pervaporation, secondary metabolites
Unstructured kinetic models were proposed to describe the principal kinetics involved in ethanol fermentation in a continuous and closed-circulating fermentation (CCCF) process with a pervaporation membrane bioreactor. After ethanol was removed in situ from the broth by the membrane pervaporation, the secondary metabolites accumulated in the broth became the inhibitors to cell growth. The cell death rate related to the deterioration of the culture environment was described as a function of the cell concentration and fermentation time. In CCCF process, 609.8gL−1 and 750.1gL−1 of ethanol production were obtained in the first run and second run, respectively. The modified Gompertz model, correlating the ethanol production with the fermentation period, could be used to describe the ethanol production during CCCF process. The fitting results by the models showed good agreement with the experimental data. These models could be employed for the CCCF process technology development for ethanol fermentation.