Novel chemical process for conversion of woody biomass into chemical intermediates

BioSonic is a European Commission-sponsored Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) Research for the Benefit of SME Associations (R4A) project to exploit a scaleable novel process for the conversion of lignocellulosic forest materials into valuable chemical products.

The project aims to develop and commercialise its novel ultrasonically-enhanced fractionation technology to provide a cost effective, chemical means of processing surplus and waste wood into cellulose, hemicellulose in the form of sugars and lignin for industrial use, and the production of green-sourced chemicals for a wide range of commercial products.

Key features of the technology are:

  • Simple, carbon friendly and inherently safe due to low temperature and pressure operation and the use of recoverable organic chemicals.
  • High quality separated products suitable for food-grade products and the production of high value chemical intermediates.
  • Highly efficient, quick by comparison with known separation processes and generates minimal waste.

The BioSonic separation process is designed to be cost-effective at a small enough scale to allow localised processing to take place. Also, due to its modular nature, it will also be easy to scale up for use in larger industrial settings, and as a drop-in piece of process plant for emerging bio-refinery operations.

 

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