Techno-economic evaluation of a biorefinery applying food waste for sophorolipid production – A case study for Hong Kong
Food waste, Sensitivity analysis, Sophorolipid, Starmerella bombicola, Techno-economic assessment
© 2020 Elsevier Ltd This study evaluates the techno-economic feasibility of sophorolipid (SL) production process that co-utilizes food waste, glucose and oleic acid as substrates. Two variables are considered in terms of (a) Plant construction: Purchasing equipment either from the US or Mainland China and (b) Production: to produce SL crystals (about 97% active) or a concentrated SL liquid/syrup (about 78% active). Hence, four scenarios are generated: Scenario I: equipment made in the USA + SL crystals; Scenario II: equipment made in the USA + SL syrup; Scenario III: equipment made in China + SL crystals; Scenario IV: equipment made in China + SL syrup. It is found that all scenarios are economically feasible and Scenario I has the highest net profit. Scenario III has the highest internal rate of return, net present value and the shortest payback period at a 7% discount rate. Finally, comparison of food waste-related techno-economic studies was conducted.
Wang, H.,Tsang, C.,To, M.,Kaur, G.,Roelants, S.,Stevens, C.,Soetaert, W.,& Lin, C. (2020). Techno-economic evaluation of a biorefinery applying food waste for sophorolipid production – A case study for Hong Kong. Bioresource Technology, 303. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2020.122852