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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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