• US 20130309727A1
  • Filed: 05/16/2013
  • Published: 11/21/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/17/2012
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A method for processing a biomass material comprising:

  • (i) introducing a biomass material to a pressurized compartment of a solventless recovery system, wherein the biomass material contains one or more volatile organic compounds;

    (ii) contacting the biomass material with a superheated vapor stream in the pressurized compartment to vaporize at least a portion of an initial liquid content in the biomass material, said superheated vapor stream comprising at least one volatile organic compound;

    (iii) separating a vapor component and a solid component from the heated biomass material, said vapor component comprising at least one volatile organic compound;

    retaining at least a portion of the gas component for use as part of the superheated vapor stream;

    (iv) discharging the solid component from the solventless recovery system; and

    (v) contacting at least a portion of the solid component with a solution adapted to facilitate saccharification.

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