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Preventing Lignin from Fouling Processing Equipment

NineSigma
Owner: NineSigma
Tags: Physics Plasma, Chemistry Physical, Materials Science, Mining and Quarrying, Chemistry Organic, Health Sciences, Forest Sciences, Engineering Chemical, Manufacturing, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Engineering Chemical, Food Science, Biotechnology, Materials Science
Audience: Researchers, Start-Ups, Businesses, Subject Matter Experts, Other
Anticipated Funding: Other
Applications close: November 1, 2019
Last Updated: September 9, 2019 7:07 AM
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The Challenge

Stora Enso uses the Kraft process to convert wood into pulp, which consists of almost pure cellulose fibers. As a first step, Hardwood chips are pretreated with hot water (150 – 200°C) to remove hemicelluloses (i.e. pre-hydrolysis). Together with hemicelluloses, also significant amounts of organics (such as lignin) or minerals (such as calcium) are dissolved in the acidic pre-hydrolysis liquor (PHL).
 To reduce the waste streams generated by this Kraft process, the liquors are further processed, and the solid faction of the liquor is concentrated up to at least 30%.  One of the issues that comes along with this is that, when cooling down the PHL, the lignin precipitates and fouls most parts of the processing equipment, resulting in systematic shutdowns for maintenance and cleaning.
For this reason, Stora Enso is looking for solutions that prevent the lignin from fouling their equipment when processing the pre-hydrolysis liquors.

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