Prototype Project Collaboration with Imperial College
Bio-Sep Limited has filed and owns the patent for an innovative pretreatment “clean separation‟ technology for separating the key components of biomass: lignin; cellulose; hemicellulose from which platform chemicals can be prepared. These separate components have a broad range of potential downstream uses in industry including biofuels, chemicals (to replace largely imported petrochemical feedstock), paper, packaging and agriculture. More specific, intermediary chemicals produced from the cellulose of this separation process, such as, levulinic and succinic acids and hydroxymethylfurfural, and phenols have potential markets including specialty chemicals, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, foodstuffs and energy. Additionally from the hydrolysis of hemicellulose, low calorie high value C5 and C6 sugars, such as xylose, arabinose, glucose and mannose can be produced to meet the needs of the food industry The further processing of lignin produced from our system presents opportunities for the production of ‘green’ aromatics.
Bio-Sep aims to focus its ‘green’ technology upon immediate economic added value.
Last 6 months advancements toward commercialisation by Bio-Sep Limited:
- Prototype Project: Imperial College, London has been commissioned to work with Bio-Sep to build and test a “prototype‟ to define optimum design “blue print‟ for up-scaling into a “clean‟ technology production facility. Progress reports to date confirm original claims made in BSL Patent filed November 2008. Project report and comprehensive data are expected to be received in May 2011. This “Proof of concept‟ milestone establishes a foundation upon which a route to commercialisation with various partners can now be examined.
- Secondary refining of output – from research undertaken over the past two years Bio-Sep has defined an opportunity to investigate related novel operating systems for the production of high value chemicals from Cellulose and Lignin. Research is to be advanced to integrate the outcome of this work, within the framework of our Prototype, to complete the design of a mini bio-refining capability to further reduce the production cost of “green‟ platform chemicals.
- Financing: A Research Grant of £100,000 was awarded by SEEDA to finance the prototype project. A third tranche of matched Finance was raised from among existing Shareholders through the issue of Unsecured Convertible Loan Notes expiring September 2015 to finance cash flow requirements.
Malcolm G Gates – Chairman