Valmet, Biochemtex co-operate on lignin derived biochemicals

Valmet and Biochemtex say they will co-operate in the field of conversion of lignin into biochemicals. The development project will combine and adapt LignoBoost and Moghi technologies. LignoBoost is Valmet’s proprietary technology for the extraction of purifi ed lignin from black liquor produced by pulp mills. Moghi is Biochemtex’s proprietary technology for the conversion of lignin into biofuels and biochemicals.

Biochemtex specializes in technologies for the production of second-generation biofuels and biochemicals. It is part of the Mossi Ghisolfi Group, based in Tortona, Italy, and develops and engineers technologies and bio-chemical processes based on the exclusive use of non-food biomass, as an alternative to oil.

Valmet says the collaboration will create a high-value market for lignin while providing the biochemical industry with a consistent lignin stream to be used as a sustainable feedstock for the production of bioPET (bio-based thermoplastic polymer).

Valmet, www.valmet.com; Biochemtex, www.biochemtex.com

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