Lignin can now be efficiently and cost-effectively separated from sawdust, by using eutectic solvents, according to VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. The research centre has developed solvents which are able to extract 50 per cent of the lignin from wood in a pure form that retains its natural chemical structure during processing.
The potential of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to solve the toughest problems facing manufacturers was the main topic of the 41st annual Honeywell Users Group (HUG) Americas conference.
One European speaker at the PacWest conference had words of caution regarding Canada’s global position within the pulp and paper industry. Mats Nordgren, a specialist with Valmet, described how the industry in Europe is rebuilding and upgrading technology in the mills. He hopes Canadian companies will invest and keep up.
AkzoNobel and agro-industrial cooperative Royal Cosun have formed a partnership to develop novel products from cellulose side streams resulting from sugar beet processing.
The Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) program has partnered with NineSigma to establish and manage an open innovation platform to assist newly commercialized products and technologies find new markets and new innovative uses in the global marketplace.
The use of bio-based cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) offers potential benefits for the production of both conventional and new paper grades, according to a technical paper authored by experts from GL&V and the University of Maine. The paper, The Application of CNF to Improve Packaging Grade Performance, was presented at PaperWeek Canada in February.
Armand Langlois reported at PaperWeek Canada on the progress his company, Enerlab 2000, is making in the development of a polymerization process to incorporate lignin in polyurethane.
Biomaterials are in the spotlight in Sweden. In recent weeks, Stora Enso has inaugurated a new Innovation Centre for biomaterials in Stockholm, Sweden, and several organizations have collaborated to form an open “test bed” called LignoCity where companies can develop and scale up technology that refines lignin to climate-friendly fuels, chemicals and materials.
Raw materials and waste products from the forest are predicted to become very important to tomorrow’s climate-smart manufacturing.
Canadian biofuels developer Ensyn has been granted a key regulatory approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its renewable gasoline product, RFGasoline.
A strategic partnership to develop active molecules derived from Canadian forest biomass for food industry and cosmetics applications has been announced by research and development FPInnovations and Naturex, a global leader in specialty plant-based natural ingredients.
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