PureVision Begins Shakedown of Biomass-to-Sugars Pilot PlantJanuary 23, 2013
PureVision Technology, Inc., a privately held renewable technology development company, has received a Certificate of Occupancy and is now undertaking shakedown of its first-of-a-kind biomass-to-sugars pilot plant.
The Colorado-based developer of advanced biomass-conversion technologies has successfully completed the 12-month pilot plant construction effort and commenced shakedown to meet specific client milestone requirements. The PureVision integrated pilot plant is contained within a 12,000 square foot building in the company’s research and development campus. PureVision managers anticipate completing the shakedown phase before the end of the first Quarter 2013. Once operational, non-food cellulosic biomass will be continuously fed into the pilot plant reactor and rapidly converted into a concentrated mixed sugar stream and a lignin co-product stream.
PureVision has developed innovative biorefining processes targeted to overcome the technical and economic barriers of producing large quantities of affordable fermentable sugars using agricultural residues and woody biomass. Cellulosic sugars can be used to produce a wide range of bio-based materials and products including biochemicals, plastics and fuels. The company’s technologies are considered “next generation” because they rely on non-food cellulosic biomass such as corn stalks and corn cobs.
“We’ve proven the PureVision technology on a bench scale and completed construction of the first phase of the pilot plant. We are also expanding our labs and staff to demonstrate our biomass-to-sugars technology and validate the economics,” stated Dr. Chim Chin, Director of Process Development and a co-inventor of PureVision’s technology.
“We continue to see a significant increase in the number of companies interested in PureVision’s front-end biorefining technologies because sugars are emerging as the primary raw material to produce a wide range of bio-based consumer and industrial products” he said. “With the growing market for environmentally friendly and bio-based fuels and chemicals, increasingly large and small companies are seeking technologies that convert diverse biomass into cellulosic sugars," concluded Dr. Chin.