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Lignol prepares biorefinery pilot plant

Jan. 28, 2010, Vancouver – Lignol Energy Corporation recently completed important enhancements to its fully integrated industrial-scale biorefinery pilot plant in Burnaby, British Columbia.


January 28, 2010
By Canadian Biomass

Jan. 28, 2010, Vancouver – Lignol Energy Corporation recently completed important
enhancements to its fully integrated industrial-scale biorefinery pilot plant
in Burnaby, British Columbia. Following the successful construction of Lignol’s
biorefinery pilot plant and the completion of initial production runs in June
2009, Lignol has developed process improvements and evaluated various equipment
configurations that will enhance mechanical operability and process efficiency
and increase the value of the related high-purity lignin derivatives. Design
and procurement of these enhancements commenced in the summer of 2009,
installation was completed in late fall 2009, and successful commissioning took
place in December 2009.

Each of the major unit operations of the pilot plant has been independently operated at
the facility under a prescribed number of operating conditions using wood
chips. Integrated production runs are expected to commence in February 2010. Through
planned production campaigns, Lignol intends to operate the pilot plant under a
wide range of operating parameters to process various nonfood feedstocks as the
company undertakes final designs for commercial-scale projects.

“Our pilot plant continues to provide a showcase for our advanced technology and technical
prowess to both existing and new corporate partners from around the globe,” says
Lignol president and CEO, Ross MacLachlan. “These enhancements will assist us
in our path to commercialization and further reinforce our capabilities as a
commercially focused technology developer.”

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