Engineering Studies and Concept Plan
DATE(S): Various studies since 2005 (Concept plan in 1Q14).
DESCRIPTION/FEATURES: There are basically three different location in a cellulosic process where furfural can be made or is made and could be removed, economically. Depending on location and configuration of the biorefinery, before tax IRR of ±30% can be expected with payback periods of less than 3 years. In certain configurations, there is an additional positive impact on the CO2 foot print of the biorefinery.
OUTCOME: Citing “strategic misalignment”, cellulosic ethanol pioneers advise us that furfural co-product option is not high on their lists of priorities. However, furfural is central to the µ-BioRefinery™ (see link below).
STATUS QUO: Furfural is central to the µ-BioRefinery™ (see link below).
Since 2005 we have had interactions with several North American, European and Scandinavian developers of cellulosic ethanol processes about ‘furfural’.
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