Early-stage technologies are advanced from proof-of-concept through to full-scale industrial demonstration in an integrated engineering environment.
Dedicated infrastructure exists at our BC Research facility for conducting extensive pilot campaigns, including staffing, utilities, chemical analysis, and evaluation.
Well-equipped wet chemistry and analytical facilities support our R&D operations.
A pilot plant is typically scaled to the minimum size necessary to demonstrate each unit operation on a realistic industrial scale. 3-D drawing and modelling tools enable optimum process design and layout. Pilot plants can be configured for high process integration, or engineered into separate unit operations. We have a rigorous approach to ensuring that pilot plants have the appropriate instrumentation to extract the necessary design data, and are designed in conformance with end-user standards/codification.
- Lab scale experiments and proof of concept.
- Optimization of synthesis routes : maximizing yield, minimizing waste-streams, reagent/solvent looping, improving reaction kinetics
- Scale up of chemical production from gram to kilogram to tonnage scales
- Feedstock analysis and selection.
- Evaluation and development of IP position
- Alignment of synthesis routes with engineering requirements for pilot scale reaction and pilot plant design.
- Development of analytical techniques and QA/QC protocols for process and product monitoring.
Lignin from kraft black liquour offers one of the most attractive precursors for green chemicals, and is used in a variety of applications like coatings and adhesives. The proprietary LignoForce™ process, co-developed with FPInnovations of Canada, was piloted ahead of the world’s first commercial LignoForce™ production facility at Hinton Pulp, Alberta.
The NORSCAND™ Electrolyser provides an adaptable platform for electrochemical processes like salt-splitting. The five-compartment pilot plant provides a test bed for processes ranging from minerals beneficiation to wastewater treatment
Derivation of green polyols from vegetable oils
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