Palm Biomass to Furfural
Date palm trees produce huge amount of agricultural wastes in the form of dry leaves, stems, pits, seeds etc.
 | It's chemical composition is suitable to make furfural.

Date palm trees produce huge amount of agricultural wastes in the form of dry leaves, stems, pits, seeds etc.  (Image: bioenergyconsult.com)

DalinYebo has found palm residues to be a suitable feedstock for furfural production!

The following article prompted us to review the some feedstock tests that we did a couple of years ago where we concluded that the chemical composition of palm residues makes them a suitable feedstock for furfural production. The residual lignocellulosic residue from furfural production can thereafter be used to make some of the products that the article mentions (e.g. pellets, bio-oil, syngas, etc.).

Some test work would have to be done to validate e.g. process (e.g. pre-treatment) parameters. Well established process technology is available.

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.. on the this article:

  • We tested oil palm residues and found that they’re a suitable feedstock for furfural production.
  • Furfural has never been made form palm residues, but there is no reason why it cannot be made, economically.
  • Literature confirms that it is a suitable feedstock (see: downloads).

DalinYebo’s focus is on the development of technology which adds value to the hemicelluloses (or the so called 5-carbon sugars, Pentoses) found e.g in the bagasse of the sugarcane and many other annual crops. Over the last 30 years, we have evaluated a variety of feedstock that could be or are used for bio-refining. Sugarcane was just one of them. Improving the properties of the plant may be one aspect of improving sugar yields (per ha). Field and soil management are others. Furthermore, …

… selecting the right bio-refining process technology is most probably the most important aspect of making biobased products (that replace the chemicals currently obtained from oil, coal or gas).

Our expertise: Extraction and/or beneficiation of sugars that are not produced for human consumption allows e.g. for smarter and more economical sugar mill (bio-refining) process designs (Have a look at our µ-Bio-Refinery­™ and GreenEnergyPark™ designs). These sugars are the key to a vast range of biobased chemicals, for which there is a strong market demand.

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About Biomass & 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.

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Also refer to the other articles and/or downloads that we published in our series on “biomass for furfural” production that provide our clients with updates and analysis on the fundamentals and competitiveness of a variety of feedstock.

Since 2001, DalinYebo provides knowhow:

  To convert biomass to value added chemical products and applications that are used in industries such as steel, wood, pharmaceutical, automotive, agricultural chemicals, industrial chemicals, etc.

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

  For owners of biomass we offer technology and market access, creating investment opportunities in the cleantech space.

The essential technical challenge facing us, and the world in general, is the complete beneficiation of cellulosic material. We strive to provide viable and practical solution. Contact us to discuss the economic potential of your biomass.

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