Sekab E-technology AB and Praj Industries have signed a collaboration agreement geared towards the production of sustainable biofuels and chemical products.
India-based Praj industries is aiming to scale up, integrate and optimise the CelluAPP technology platform developed by Sekab. The CelluAPP being the latest in coniferous residue conversion into biofuels, green chemicals and bio-based materials.
Praj operates in over 75 countries and has a long experience in delivering ethanol plants based on agricultural residues.
"Global climate action is a must, and through this work, Sekab and Praj can offer solutions for the production of sustainable biofuels, materials and biochemicals. The market includes, and is not limited by the Nordic countries, the US, Canada and other boreal regions around the world where softwood residues are an unused resource," said Tomas Nilsson CEO ofSekab.
Since 2004, Sekab has focused on pretreating residual products from the forest through continuous operation at the demo plant in Örnsköldsvik.
The CelluAPP technology platform makes it possible to process almost all forms of biomass into environmentally friendly, high-quality and marketable chemical products, biogas and lignin. The technology utilses residual products from the forest, which today are not used to their full potential.
Monica Normark, executive vice president of Sekab E-Technology, added: "Sekab can offer unique process solutions through license sales for pre-treatment, enzymatic saccharification and fermentation technology for forestry residues that can be applied both in new and existing plants but CelluAPP technology needs to be realized on a commercial scale and where Praj will be a very good complement to Sekab.”
Sekab now offers green chemicals and biofuels produced on bioethanol. This collaboration becomes extremely important by putting the technology Sekab developed specifically for forestry residues such as sawdust from softwood into action in order to further increase bioethanol production globally.
Nilsson added: “Renewable chemicals and biofuels made from renewable ethanol instead of fossil oil play an important role in a fossil-free future. Customers' interest in renewable chemicals and biofuels has increased significantly in recent years.
"This collaboration is simply great. Here we have two technology companies come together that have worked for decades on two different continents but with the same ulterior motives. The goal being the reduction of our climate footprint for future generations through the development of novel technical solutions."
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