Nova Pangaea’s launches new cellulosic  pilot plant 

July 6, 2016 |

In England, Nova Pangaea reports that birch chips having been processed through the company’s hemicellulose hydrolysis technology yielding 90% monomer xylose from the hemicellulose, the chip size reduced during the hydrolysis process. The pilot ws originally designed at the 40 kilo/hr scale and was scheduled to be installed at the Wilton chemical complex on Teesside, UK.

Nova Pangaea Technologies’ staged, progressive, physical and thermo-chemical process enables a complete fractionation of lignocellulosic materials into their constituent parts. Beginning with physical separations and progressively moving to more aggressive thermochemical hydrolysis and steam thermolysis operations, NPT’s staged process incorporates certain enhancing technologies which improve yields through avoiding premature cell degradation. Each fraction of the full slate of fuel precursors and platform chemicals produced is at a high level of purity, suitable for onward processing.

The company says that it has IRRs of over 40% achievable at the medium term target scale of 200 tonnes (green) biomass per hour (roughly equivalent to 5,000 bbl/day oil equivalent). The technolgy, according to Nova Pangaea, is ompetitive without subsidy even against low oil prices of ~$50/bbl.

Product 1: Pyrolysis condensate (unfiltered)

Product 2: Lignin char (dry)

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