Hydrolysis and composition of recovered fibres fractionated from solid recovered fuel

K. Kemppainen*, M. Siika-aho, A. Östman, E. Sipilä, T. Puranen, N. von Weymarn, K. Kruus

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Fibres fractionated from solid recovered fuel (SRF), a standardised market combustion fuel produced from sorted waste, were considered as a source of lignocellulosic fermentable sugars. The fibre yield from four samples of SRF was 25-45%, and the separated material consisted of 52-54% carbohydrates, mainly glucan, with a high content of ash (12-17%). The enzymatic digestibility of recovered fibres was studied at low and high solids loading and compared with model substrates containing only chemical and mechanical pulps. Above 80% hydrolysis yield was reached at 20% solids loading in 48. h, but variation was observed between different samples of recovered fibres. Surfactants were found to improve the hydrolysis yield of recovered fibres especially in tumbling-type of mixing at low solids loading, where hydrolysis was found to stagnate without surfactants. The results suggest that SRF is a potential source of easily digestible lignocellulosic carbohydrates for use in biorefineries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-95
Number of pages8
JournalBioresource Technology
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Enzymatic hydrolysis
  • High solids loading
  • Recovered fibres
  • Solid recovered fuel
  • Surfactants


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