Lignol finishes design for commercial bio-fuel refinery

Proposed facility to produce up to 80 million litres of cellulosic ethanol.

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by Design Engineering Staff

Vancouver – Biorefining technology company, Lignol Energy Corporation, announced it has completed an engineering design package for a commercial-scale biorefinery. According to the company, the proposed facility would produce up to 80 million litres of cellulosic ethanol (approximately 20 million US gallons) and 55,000 tonnes of High Performance Lignin (HP-L) derivatives annually.

“Completing this milestone is a significant step forward in our plan to develop a financially viable, commercial-scale biorefinery and market our technology world wide,” said Ross MacLachlan, president and CEO. “The design package and cost estimate are based on robust and valuable design data generated over the past two years through a series of extensive operating campaigns conducted by our scientific and engineering teams at our pilot-scale biorefinery in Burnaby, B.C.”

The design package was developed with Lignol’s engineering contractor, Vancouver-based Pöyry Inc., an engineering and management consulting in the energy and industrial sectors. The engineering studies for a commercial scale project indicate rates of return suitable for consideration by partners and investors. Calculations have taken into account the recent price of crude oil, incentives for the construction of biorefineries and production of advanced biofuels along with pricing indications received from key suppliers and customers.

Additional campaigns in Lignol’s pilot-scale biorefinery are ongoing to refine the design basis and equipment selection needed for scale-up in order to complete an investment grade design and cost estimate for a commercial plant.