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Title: Evaluating chemical-, mechanical-, and bio-pulping processes and their sustainability characterization using life-cycle assessment

Source: Environmental Progress (Vol.23, No.4) p. 347-357; December 2004

Author(s)Das, Tapas K.; Dee, Pe; Houtman, Carl

Publication Year: 2004  View PDF »

Category: Journal Articles

Abstract: A new technology that offers a biopulping process with the potential to ameliorate some of these problems is being tested on a commercial scale. Biopulping treats wood chips with a natural wood-decaying fungus before mechanical pulping and can save substantial amounts of electricity, significantly reduce the amount of air pollutants (including CO2 and some odor-causing total reduced sulfur compounds) and water pollutants (BOD, COD, TSS) compared with conventional pulping, improve paper quality, and enhance economic competitiveness.

Keywords: Pulping; sustainability; mechanical pulping process; wood-pulp industry; energy conservation; paper industry; wood-pulp; renewable natural resources; sulfate pulping process; environmental aspects; product life cycle; energy conservation; forest products; environmental impact analysis; sustainable forestry; sustainability; sulfate pulping; mechanical pulping; chemical pulping; biopulping; TRACI

Publication Review Process: Informally Refereed (Peer-Reviewed)

File size: 295 kb(s)

Date posted: 09/07/2010

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RITS Product ID: 38959
Current FPL Scientist associated with this product
Houtman, Carl J.
Chemical Engineer

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