A Well Kept Secret: How To Add (More) Value To Biomass
Furfural is today recognised as one of the most import biobased chemical building blocks

There is an amazing variety of products in which furfural naturally occurs or that can be made from furfural and are used in e.g. automotive industry, agriculture, pharma, etc.

Furfural is one of the oldest chemicals made from biomass. It has been commercially made since 1922 and is today recognised as one of the most import biobased chemical building blocks

During a presentation of a feasibility study on the Integration of Furfural Production into a Sugar Mill, a client recently conclude that ..

“it’s really not rocket science!”

Their mill also produces ethanol, co-generates electricity and they are now looking at processing trash/leaves, as green cane harvesting is being introduced.

The technology risk is low, but the bottom-line impact is high, when integrating furfural production to beneficiate residues from processing crops such as:




  Sunflower Seeds,



  Sweet Sorghum,

  Sugarcane or

 Forest residues

Generally, we have found that an investment in the addition of furfural production has returns (IRR) of over 25% and the payback period is below 4 years.

“Why are there not many more furfural producers?”

There are several answers to this question and DalinYebo would look forward to an opportunity to share them with your organisation. In the mean time, we take the liberty to direct you via the links below to some background information on this topic.

Benefit from the growing demand for biobased chemicals.

Viability Study: 13,500 tpa furfural & 2.2 MW electricity

Creating Wealth from Crop Residues

Fast, low-risk and low-cost bio-refining of bagasse and trash.

Upto 10 x higher margins, compared to Ethanol from hemicelluloses.

Furfural is a B2B trade, with attractive niche clients who offer longterm off-take agreements.

Of Interest?
Provide us with some information about your current or planned operation (For the response form, please click on this link) and we’ll get back to you with a concept plan on how ‘furfural’ would benefit your business.


Adding Value to Biomass

DalinYebo, which means “Wealth Creation” (Xhosa) was founded in 2001 to trade and develop new furfural production with the support of International Furan Technology (Pty) Ltd (a wholly owned DalinYebo subsidiary). Our collective knowhow enables us to provide complete technology & business solutions for the manufacture of furfural:

  For owners of biomass we offer technology and market access, creating investment opportunities in the cleantech space. Contact us to discuss the potential your biomass has for the production of furfural.

  For the agri (Biomass) processing, sugar, pulp & paper, etc. industries, we provide knowhow and technology to convert (residual) biomass to chemicals and energy.

  Bagasse, Corncobs, Sunflower Husks and more ..


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