Project Synopsis

Develop a preliminary process design to a startup technology provider company for a proposed biomass refining process designed to produce a slate of glucose-derived adhesives.

Project Summary

BIOMASS REFINING SYSTEM PRELIMINARY PROCESS DESIGN

Process Engineering Associates, LLC (PROCESS) was contracted by the client, a physical and biological research company, to develop a preliminary process design for a proposed biomass refining process designed to produce a slate of glucose-derived adhesives.  This process utilized a patented mechanical process to break down cellulosic material as opposed to using the more traditional microbial reactor approach.  The primary purposes of this design were to establish a baseline process feasibility and to provide a basis for capital appropriation.

PROCESS performed the following tasks in support of this effort:

  • Based on information provided by the client, PROCESS developed a process simulation model of the proposed process using its licensed commercial computer simulation software, CHEMCAD.
  • Developed a process flow diagram (PFD) with mass and energy balance (MEB) stream tables based on the CHEMCAD model results.

The project results and recommendations were summarized in a letter report to the client at the end of the project.

Industry Type

  • Biomass Chemicals Production

Utilized Skills

  • Preliminary process design creation
  • Engineering support for startup technology providers

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