Extraction of Procyanidins from Açaí (Euterpe oleracea Mart.) Seeds: Techno-Economic and Environmental Assessment

Vol 8, 2021 - 143085
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This work evaluates the technical, economic and environmental aspects of producing a procyanidin-rich extract from açaí seeds in a biorefinery. The fixed capital investment is estimated at US$45.63 million, and a high profitability potential is envisaged — with an internal rate of return of 24.5%. This model of biorefinery displays lower contribution to global warming than the combustion of raw açaí seeds, thus representing a sustainable approach to add value to this waste.

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  • 1 Instituto Nacional de Tecnologia, Laboratório de Biocatálise
  • 2 Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Escola Politécnica
açaí seed
economic analysis