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Homework Help: Mass Balance of Biomass Question

  1. Feb 28, 2013 #1
    The Problem:

    Bio fuels are receiving more and more attention. For biomass waste materials
    (cellulose, manure etc.), the first step in the process is typically to convert the
    biomass to sugar (glucose, C6H12O6). This first step is only able to produce 0.1 g
    glucose per g of biomass. The next step is to produce a fuel including the option to
    produce hydrogen. Calculate the absolute maximum volume of hydrogen (H2 in
    m3 at 1 atm and 298 K) that can be produced per tonne of biomass.

    As for relevant equations and attempt at solution, I honestly have no idea where to begin. I'm not looking for a solution to this question, just need to discuss how to approach it. Chemistry is not my strongest subject.

    Thanks for looking! :)
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  3. Feb 28, 2013 #2


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    Using the ratio given in the problem statement, for each tonne of biomass, how much glucose can be produced?
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