We designed the process to minimize the energy required for the process so that it can be efficiently integrated in a biorefinery scenario.
The process has been designed to avoid complex separation and purification steps, reducing the operating costs.
Our process has been designed to guarantee minimum selling price of our surfactant which can be competitive in the large scale with the fossil fuel based analogues.
The process uses biomass as raw material and no chemicals with strong carbon impact. We use the hemicellulosic fraction to produce furanbuilding blocks while the residual part of the biomass burned for heat integration and minimize the fuel requirement.
Our Furan building blocks
The hemicellulosic fraction is used to produce furan based building blocks.
This is catalytically treated in further two steps to create the functionality required for the synthesis of the surfactant.
In the last step, we perform a sulfonation to produce our final surfactant.