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No. We have tried multiple types of lignocellulose feedstock. This is introduced at up to 20% dry matter into the flow of the reactor at 5m/s. Steam or CO2 is introduced at between 6 and 10 bar pressure to accelerate the material to 1000m/s.
This creates a supersonic flow with low pressure vapor phase inducing shear and cavitation effects on the material. This results in an opening of the cell walls exposing cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin for further treatment such as enzymatic hydrolysis and separation
Okay, the science bit.
We use a combination of temperature and pressure for mechanical cell disruption in the upstream processing to expose the contents of micron-sized bacteria cells for oil recovery and enzyme accelerated access.
We use super-critical fluid/gas in the downstream process to deliver a major impact on the chemical reaction conversion. Pressurization of CO2 has a chemical effect as it changes polarity. This triggers a non-solvent catalyst reaction within a very small chamber with a continuous process flow.
This differs from the conventional batch processing with a metal or acidic catalyst scaled up to very large hydrolysis or fermentation tanks which requires costly decontamination and high cost of recovery.
Converts 45% of energy normally consumed to dry DDGS, by using distilled wet grains, recovered CO2, which is a by-product of ethanol production, to maximize output of production site. Clip-on 2nd generation solution with raw materials on-site (CO2, Ethanol, Wet Grains) eliminating transportation and significantly reducing carbon footprint of production.
CO2 is also a feedstock for growing microalgae, producing specialty lubricants and Omega-3 oils, nutritional proteins, nutrient feedstock and enhancement of carbon/nitrogen mix for stover in anaerobic digestion, generating biogas reducing plant energy consumption.
The ethanol industry has been accused of driving up the price of food. What is under estimated is the potential for extracting high value proteins, amino acids and nutritional oils, such as Omega-3, that can be used in the human food chain.
This has already been well established in the dairy industry converting the protein that has bee left over from the lactose whey. The corn plant contains valuable proteins that currently are being sold as low-value animal feed for $110 per tonne when human food proteins are being sold for up to $2500 per tonne.
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