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jueves, 13 de septiembre de 2018

Sainc Energy plans to build an advanced biorefinery in Andalusia



Type of post: NEWS.

According to a recent press release from Chemelot Inscite, Innovación Verde Sostenible SL (IVS, Seville), a wholly owned subsidiary of Sainc Energy (Sainc, London), has secured a lease on land to set an advanced biorefinery in Andalusia (Spain).

Project details

Location
Province of Cordoba (Andalusia, Spain)
Feedstock and processing capacity
75,000 tons of lignocellulosic dry biomass.
It will be procured locally. 
Products
First stage: platform products of cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin. The technology to be used will deliver high purity fractions.
Cellulose will be made available to the pulp and cellulosic ethanol industries.
Plans are afoot for producing xylitol from hemicellulose.
Technology
The biorefinery will be based on Abengoa technology (definitive terms of purchase are close to finalization).
Construction
The biorefinery construction will be handled by Urva Fluidos SL.
Projected CAPEX
75-90 M€.
Timeline
The company is now in the process of filing an environmental permit. It is expected to be approved by February 2019.
Scale
Sainc has designed the biorefinery to medium scale in order to impact at local level in a relevant way.
The plant will be easily scalable up for larger sizes.

Figure 1. Sainc Energy plans to build an advanced biorefinery in Cordoba

Evaluation of an innovative lignin valorisation technology

Sainc and Vertoro (start-up company from the Netherlands) will collaborate to integrate a crude lignin oil (CLO) conversion technology (currently, exclusively licensed to Vertoro) at the design stage of the biorefinery. Developed as part of the Lignin RICHES consortium by scientists at Eindhoven University of Technology and DSM, this propriety CLO process, is being evaluated at pilot scale at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus.
To know more about this technology: “InSciTe’s crude lignin oil is taking steps towards commercialisation”, 25/9/2018.

Vertoro has signed a letter of intent to take off lignin from the Cordoba site for a period of 10 years. It will license the CLO technology to all the plants of IVS in Spain and, by agreement, in other countries.

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