Finland’s Biomaterial Opti-Use concept
October 13, 2011
By MHG Systems Ltd. and Mzymes Ltd.
Oct. 13 – Finland’s MHG Systems Ltd. and Mzymes Ltd. have created a new export product by converting biomaterials to pellets and biogas. This full-service concept, Biomaterial Opti-Use, has aroused interest within the bioenergy sector and will be launched with a biogas project in western Africa and a pellet production project in southern Africa.
Oct. 13 – Finland’s MHG Systems Ltd. and
Mzymes Ltd. have
created a new export product by converting biomaterials to pellets and biogas. This full-service
concept, Biomaterial Opti-Use, has aroused interest within the bioenergy sector
and will be launched with a biogas project in Burkina Faso, western Africa, and
a pellet production project in Ivory Coast, southern Africa.
“We have plans for a possible biodiesel
project that would be carried out in conjunction with carbon trading in
Zambia,” said managing directors Seppo Huurinainen, of MHG, and Jari Rouvinen,
of Mzymes, during a speech at Koli Forum on Sept. 15.
The Biomaterial Opti-Use concept makes it
possible to convert available biomaterials and put them to the most suitable
use and most profitable bioenergy production.
MHG’s enterprise resource programming
service (ERP) collects data of the available bio-based raw materials and waste,
then optimizes their transport and use. The service allows users to analyze
economic sustainability in different production environments.
Mzymes’ enzymatic mechanical treatment
technology (EMT) carries out the pre-testing of the available bio-based raw
materials in a laboratory environment, then performs the pilot tests using the
EMT technology to determine the optimal raw material compound and enzyme
treatment. EMT can be delivered as a mobile container system built precisely
for the customer’s needs.
The enzyme pre-treatment ensures that
especially wood-based raw materials and waste from cultivated land, both of
which contain high amounts of lignin, can be utilized more efficiently in, for
example, biogas production. During extensive pilot testing, it has been
possible to increase gas production by 25 to 75%, depending on the raw material
used. At the same time, gas production has been able to initiate approximately
30% earlier. In practice, EMT treatment can increase the production of gas or
electricity in a biogas plant by 30 to 70%.
An essential part of the overall concept
consists of the bioenergy solution system suppliers who are integrated with the
bio-based raw materials and their real-time qualities via MHG's ERP service.
MHG and Mzymes plan to establish a joint
venture around the concept in the near future, which will most likely be
located in Varkaus, in the yet-to-be-built BioPower Park.
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