Valmet, Biochemtex collaborate develop lignin derived biochemicals

Valmet, Biochemtex collaborate to develop lignin derived biochemicals

11:31 AM, 6th May 2016
Valmet, Biochemtex collaborate to develop lignin derived biochemicals

UUSIKAUPUNKI, FINLAND: Valmet Corporation and Biochemtex SpA said that they will cooperate in the field of conversion of lignin into biochemicals. The development project will combine and adapt LignoBoost and Moghi technologies.

LignoBoost is Valmet's proprietary technology for the extraction of purified lignin from black liquor produced by pulp mills. Moghi in turn is Biochemtex's proprietary technology for the conversion of lignin into biofuels and biochemicals.

This collaboration will create a high value market for lignin while providing the biochemical industry a consistent lignin stream to be used as a sustainable feedstock for the production of bioPET (bio based thermoplastic polymer).

“We are continuously developing new sustainable technologies for increasing the value of lignin. Combining LignoBoost and Moghi technologies is one of the very promising solutions we are looking into when developing biochemical technologies,” said Rickard Andersson, VP for Valmet's Biotech and Environmental Systems.

“The cooperation with Valmet will allow increasing the feedstock available to produce bioPX, a key raw material for the production of PET made 100 percent from renewable sources. Existing pilot plant facilities, and the dedicated demo plant under construction in Italy, combined with the skills and know-how in both organizations will provide a solid base to deliver fast and positive outcome for this exciting opportunity,” said Giovanni Bolcheni, CEO of Biochemtex.

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