Most biorefineries define “the purpose of pretreatment is to destroy the structure of cellulosic biomass plant cell walls and make cellulose more accessible to the subsequent process“. A variety of schemes have been developed, but none of them specifically targets the recovery of the hemicelluose (and the lignins) at that stage. In contrast, DalinYebo’s sole interest is the conversion of the pentosans, i.e. the majority of the hemicelluloses, into value added chemicals, thus removing them from the biomass. The resulting residue is then available for upstream processing and can be conditioned for specific applications.
Turning (perceived) Costs into Revenue
The core of our pretreatment platforms is the production of furfural. Whilst we have a preference for certain biomass feedstock, our R&D and project experience has provide us with vast knowhow to determine The-Right-Balance™ for any biorefinery in terms of the mass and energy balance, which determines the economics of a biorefinery. By producing a salable product – for which we have market access – we turn what currently is perceived to be a cost into revenue in support of the production of its principal product (e.g. bio-ethanol, cellulosic ethanol, bio-diesel, bio-gas, green electricity, dissolving pulp, etc.)
The links below will take you to our µ-BioRefinery™ site.
-> Sugarcane (incl. sweet stem sorghum)
-> Agricultural residues (corncobs, sunflower husks, rice husks, oat hulls, etc.)
-> Cellulose (tree tops and limbs, pulp mill liquors and/or waste water, cellulosic ethanol pretreatment)
-> (Chemical-) Thermo-Mechanical Pretreatment of lignocellulosic biodigestor feeds
 Zhaohui Tong, assistant professor, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering; Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611.