Valmet will supply a prehydrolysis system to Bioprocess Pilot Facility BV's (BPF) bio pilot plant in Delft, the Netherlands. Prehydrolysis is an initial process step in several biorefining processes.
Valmet's delivery consists of a prehydrolysis system on pilot scale that is designed for a capacity of 40 kg wheat straw (biomass) per hour. The start-up of the system is scheduled for August 2014.
BPF's bio pilot plant is designed to handle different biomass raw materials, agricultural wastes like wheat straw and bagasse and also wood. The key parts of the pilot plant are biomass feeding, hydrolysis reactors and equipment for separation of liquid and residual solid biomass after hydrolysis.
Prehydrolysis is an important step in the production of second generation ethanol via the enzyme route. The prehydrolysis prepares the biomass so that the polysaccharides in the biomass become accessible. In the hydrolysis step the polysaccarides can be released as mono sugars for fermentation to biochemicals and biofuels.
"After evaluating several systems, we have chosen the Valmet system, because of proven technology, experience and flexibility in using the system for several pretreatments and feedstocks. We think that we will be able to help our customers with improving their biobased processes", comments Hans van Leeuwen, Director from BPF.
"I am very proud that BPF has selected Valmet for this important project. This further concludes that our biomass prehydrolysis solutions are state of the art and offer the reliability and flexibility the customers need", explains Rickard Andersson, Vice President Bio Technology and Environmental Systems from Valmet.
The order is included in Valmet's fourth quarter 2013 orders received (until December 31 2013 Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power segment). The value of the order will not be disclosed.
The BPF is an open access unique multi-purpose facility where universities, companies and knowledge institutions from all over the world can investigate how production processes respond to pilot scales and how they can be scaled up. Here, issues that do not occur at laboratory scale, can be detected and studied.