Xylophane has recently entered a cooperation with Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant in Belgium with the aim of scaling up its xylan production to ton scale.
In November a test process was conducted during which Xylophane’s xylan production process was verified at Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant’s pilot site. The next step is to procure complementary process equipment and to adapt the available systems in preparation for ton-scale xylan production campaigns. The plan is to implement the first ton-scale production campaign in 2015.
Xylan, a natural polysaccharide present in the husks and hulls of barley and wheat, is the raw material for the production of the renewable barrier material Skalax.
“Upscaling the production process to ton scale is an important step for us,” says Jerker Nilsson, Managing Director at Xylophane. “This will enable a demonstration of the xylan production process on a larger scale, as well as the production of Skalax for full-scale coating trials together with customers in the board and paper industries.”
Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant is an independent pilot plant that operates from a laboratory level to a multi-ton scale. The company focuses on the conversion of biomass into biochemicals, biomaterials, biofuels and other bioproducts. The specialized team of engineers, process operators and technicians performs the development, scale-up and production of innovative products for companies around the world.
The project for demonstrating ton-scale xylan production is partly financed by LIFE+, the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action.