Demo µ-BioRefinery™ Design

µ-BioRefinery™ Demo µ-BioRefinery™ Demo (DalinYebo)
Next Generation Biorefining.

Bringing biorefining closer to the biomass requires robust and simple plants. Our demo plant design is based on known and proven process technologies (from the sugar, pulp & paper and chemicals industries), which are integrated in a smart and energy efficient way so as to optimise the use of the available biomass to produce fuels and chemicals in rural areas.

Ideally, we would like to demonstrate the µ-BioRefinery™ with sweet sorghum feedstock. We have tested and identified varieties that are ideal as feedstock for a biorefinery with integrated ethanol and  furfural production! However, the µ-BioRefinery™ design can be adopted to sugarcane, sugarcane bagasse (incl. trash), wood residues or agricultural residues, such as corncobs. Although our process desing may look similar to conventional processes, our aproach is simple and differs from conventional 2nd generation biorefineries, especially in the pre-treatment stage:

we use equipment that can handle any of the above mentioned biomass.

we use 'old' (proven) technologies in a modern way.

we condition (detoxify) the biomass by removing the C5-molecules.


NB: Furfural is most likely one of the oldest biofuels (used as rocket fuel in the late 1940's already and is the sleeping beauty of the bio-based chemicals! 

The flowchart suggest a scarification and then a fermentation step to ethanol (or butanol), but it may equally be used to condition feedstock for bio-gas production of a FT-process.

The design in modular e.g. the Paid4Pretreament™ module could be appended to an existing sugar mill or cellulosic biorefinery.

We don't destroy the C5-molecules. We converted them into furfural, which is a very valuable chemical building block!

Development Status

We are looking for a hosting partner and/or development finance (seed funding or grant funding or venture capital).

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µ-BioRefinery introduction

µ-BioRefinery's Sugar Platform