A decision support platform for bioenergy technology deployment and policy making in Mexico

Start date

January 2020

End date

December 2022


Developing countries such as Mexico have a diverse richness in biomass resources that can support the UN sustainable development goals through bioenergy generation (electricity, heat, biofuel) and co-production of food, feed and nutrient.

This project aims to progress such integrated bioenergy/biorefinery technologies' readiness level (TRL) to practical applications in industrial environment (TRL:5-9) from fundamental discovery (TRL:3-5) achieved in our previous Newton projects (RCP1516/1/93 and 249594) to help delivering Mexico's renewable energy, climate change mitigation and social equality targets in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals.




Software tool

Access our deployable eco-innovative sustainable biorefinery designs at advanced TRL (8-9 for biomass cogeneration, biodiesel, bioethanol and 5-8 for green diesel, bio jet fuel, with food, feed, nutrient production) on TESARREC™ (Trademark: UK00003321198).


Sadhukhan et al. 2019. Novel macroalgae (seaweed) biorefinery systems for integrated chemical, protein, salt, nutrient and mineral extractions and environmental protection by green synthesis and life cycle sustainability assessments. Green Chemistry21(10), 2635-2655. https://doi.org/10.1039/C9GC00607A.

Sadhukhan, J., Martinez-Hernandez, E., Amezcua-Allieri, M.A. and Aburto, J., 2019. Economic and environmental impact evaluation of various biomass feedstock for bioethanol production and correlations to lignocellulosic composition. Bioresource Technology Reports7, p.100230. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biteb.2019.100230.

Martinez-Hernandez, E., Ng, K.S., Amezcua-Allieri, M.A., Aburto, J. and Sadhukhan, J., 2018. Value-added products from wastes using extremophiles in biorefineries: Process modeling, simulation, and optimization tools. In Extremophilic Microbial Processing of Lignocellulosic Feedstocks to Biofuels, Value-Added Products, and Usable Power (pp. 275-300). Springer, Cham. 10.1007/978-3-319-74459-9_14.

Martinez-Hernandez, E. and Sadhukhan, J., 2018. Process Design and Integration Philosophy for Competitive Waste Biorefineries: Example of Levulinic Acid Production From Representative Lignocellulosic Biomasses. In Waste Biorefinery (pp. 695-725). Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-444-63992-9.00024-0.

Sadhukhan, J. and Martinez-Hernandez, E., 2017. Material flow and sustainability analyses of biorefining of municipal solid waste. Bioresource Technology243, 135-146. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2017.06.078.

Sadhukhan, J., Ng, K.S. and Martinez-Hernandez, E., 2016. Novel integrated mechanical biological chemical treatment (MBCT) systems for the production of levulinic acid from fraction of municipal solid waste: a comprehensive techno-economic analysis. Bioresource technology215, pp.131-143. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2016.04.030.

Martinez-Hernandez, E., Campbell, G.M. and Sadhukhan, J., 2014. Economic and environmental impact marginal analysis of biorefinery products for policy targets. Journal of cleaner production74, pp.74-85. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2014.03.051.

Martinez-Hernandez, E., Martinez-Herrera, J., Campbell, G.M. and Sadhukhan, J., 2014. Process integration, energy and GHG emission analyses of Jatropha-based biorefinery systems. Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery4(2), pp.105-124. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13399-013-0105-3.

Martinez-Hernandez, E., Campbell, G. and Sadhukhan, J., 2013. Economic value and environmental impact (EVEI) analysis of biorefinery systems. Chemical Engineering Research and Design91(8), pp.1418-1426. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cherd.2013.02.025.

Martinez-Hernandez, E., Sadhukhan, J. and Campbell, G.M., 2013. Integration of bioethanol as an in-process material in biorefineries using mass pinch analysis. Applied energy104, pp.517-526. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2012.11.054.

Martinez-Hernandez, E., Ibrahim, M.H., Leach, M., Sinclair, P., Campbell, G.M. and Sadhukhan, J., 2013. Environmental sustainability analysis of UK whole-wheat bioethanol and CHP systems. Biomass and Bioenergy50, pp.52-64. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biombioe.2013.01.001.

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