Biomass Pretreatment

What we offer

  • Mechanical, thermal, physico-chemical and enzymatic pretreatment of biomass feedstocks
  • Logistics and storage:
    • Truck (un)loading docks
    • Bulk solid biomass storage (55 t silo, 3×90 t bunkers)
    • Liquid storage (vessels up to 125 m³)
    • Dedicated areas for IBC storage
    • Chemicals storage 
    • Refrigerated storage rooms, freeze and cool containers
    • Warehouse at ambient temperature with a storage capacity of 200 pallets
    • Cool room at 4°C with a storage capacity of 130 pallets
  • A wide spectrum of modular operation units
  • Operation at various scale 

Biomass Pretreatment equipment overview – REACTORS

These jacketed and agitated pressure reactors are suitable for acid, alkaline, solvent-based and chemical pretreatment. The reactors have temperature and pressure control and are coupled to a vacuum system for the evaporation of solvents. 

  • Benchtop 0.5, 2, 5 L (jacketed, agitated reactors)
  • 1 x 20 L (ATEX, Hastelloy, pressure 0.060-10 bara, up to 160°C)
  • 1 x 85 L (ATEX, stainless steel, pressure 0.050-9 bara, up to 165°C)
  • 1 x 250 L (ATEX, stainless steel, pressure 0.050-7 bara, up to 100°C)
  • 1 x 500 L (ATEX, glass lined, pressure 0.050-9 bara, up to 180°C)
  • 1 x 1000 L (ATEX, glass lined, pressure 0.050-5.4 bara, up to 165°C)
  • 1 x 5400 L (ATEX, glass lined, pressure 0.050-5.4 bara, up to 165°C)

 

These jacketed and agitated atmospheric reactors are suitable for aqueous, termperature-controlled reactions. 

  • Bench reactors 0.5, 2, 5 L
  • Multiple reactors in the range of 20-1000 L
  • Reaction vessels for slurries with high solids contents: 2 x 500 L
  • 2 x 4000 L
  • 2 x 5000 L
  • 4 x 8000 L
  • 2 x 14500 L
  • 1 x 20000 L
  • 4 x 24000L
  • 3 x 50000 L (insulated, not jacketed)

Biomass Pretreatment equipment overview – AUXILIARY EQUIPMENT

  • Dry milling: biomass cutter, ball mill (bench unit)
  • Wet milling: pulper (2000 L), inline mixer, inline colloid mixer
  • Lab sonicator (batch, 1-250 mL) and pilot sonicator (continuous, 1000 L/day)
  • Direct steam injection, jet cooker with holding tubes (4 x 50 L, max. 150°C)
  • Heat exchangers for direct heating
  • Netsch filter press (cake volume 68 L)
  • Schenk filter press (cake volume 120 L)
  • Welders filter press (cake volume 352 L)
  • Welders ATEX filter press (cake volume 100 L)
  • Alfa Laval decanter centrifuge (3140 g, max 2500 L/h)
  • Alfa Laval decanter centrifuge (3160 g, max 20 m3/h)
  • Flottweg Sedicanter S3E (10000 g, max. 2500 L/h)
  • Screw press
  • Falling film three-effect evaporator, 5 t/h water evaporation
  • Wiped film evaporator 250 kg/h water evaporation
  • Chemical reactors for batch evaporation (20 L, 85 L, 250 L, 500 L, 1000 L, 5400 L)

Expertise

Experience in treating the following lignocellulosic raw materials:

  • Agro-industrial side streams: paper pulp, spent grains, bagasse, press cakes, stillage…
  • Agronomic by-products: corn stover, corn cobs, husk, fiber, stems, leaves, verge grass…
  • Lignocellulosic crops: miscanthus, wood, wheat straw, bark…