Transforming data to information: A parallel hybrid model for real-time state estimation in lignocellulosic ethanol fermentations

Pau Cabañeros Lopez, Isuru A. Udugama, Sune Tjalfe Thomsen, Christian Roslander, Helena Junicke, Miguel Mauricio Iglesias, Krist V. Gernaey

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Operating lignocellulosic fermentation processes to produce fuels and chemicals is challenging due to the inherent complexity and variability of the fermentation media. Real-time monitoring is necessary to compensate for these challenges, but the traditional process monitoring methods fail to deliver actionable information that can be used to implement advanced control strategies. In this study, a hybrid-modeling approach is presented to monitor cellulose-to-ethanol fermentations in real-time. The hybrid approach uses a continuous-discrete extended Kalman filter (CD-EKF) to reconciliate the predictions of a data-driven model and a kinetic model and to estimate the concentration of glucose, xylose, and ethanol. The data-driven model is based on partial-least-squares (PLS) regression, and predicts in real-time the concentration of glucose, xylose, and ethanol from spectra collected with attenuated-total-reflectance mid-infrared spectroscopy (ATR-MIR). The estimations made by the hybrid approach, the data-driven models and the internal model were compared in two validation experiments showing that the hybrid model significantly outperformed the PLS and improved the predictions of the internal model. Furthermore, the hybrid model delivered consistent estimates even when disturbances in the measurements occurred, demonstrating the robustness of the method. The consistency of the proposed hybrid model opens the doors towards the implementation of advanced feedback control schemes. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBiotechnology and Bioengineering
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)579-591
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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