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Lignol and Kingspan announce product development agreement for lignin

Lignol Energy Corporation and building materials supplier Kingspan Group PLC will cooperate on the development...


March 15, 2010
By Pulp & Paper Canada

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Lignol Energy Corporation and building materials supplier Kingspan Group PLC will cooperate on the development of commercial applications incorporating Lignol’s unique class of High-Purity Lignin and lignin derivatives (HP-LTM lignin) into various products.
The agreement establishes a program to incorporate Lignol’s renewable HP-LTM lignin as a replacement for some of the raw materials presently used in Kingspan’s products.
“We are interested in exploring potential applications for renewable sustainable materials such as Lignol’s HP-LTM lignin within our business for several key reasons, including reducing the business’ carbon footprint,” said Peter Wilson, a Group Director of Kingspan.
Ross MacLachlan, president and CEO of Lignol, says the agreement “demonstrates our continued progress in the development of potentially large-scale commercial applications for our high purity lignins.”
In converting non-food cellulosic biomass feedstocks, such as agricultural residues and forestry waste, into ethanol, the Lignol biorefining process fractionates the biomass and extracts lignin, to produce a range of unique HP-L lignin materials. These compounds have been shown to have application in a wide range of industrial products.
B.C.-based Lignol is developing biorefining technologies for the production of fuel-grade ethanol and other biochemical co-products from non-food cellulosic biomass feedstocks.