Conversion of Cellulose and Hemicellulose to Hyrdroxyacetone and Acetic Acid

    Newoil is proud to announce results from itís new pilot plant studies which converted 55% of the feed material into hydroxyacetone and acetic acid. The feed material was sugar beet waste which contains primarily cellulose, hemicellulose and pectin. The pilot plant is sized for 1 ton per day and uses the Newoil continuous flow hydrothermal process. In this process water is mixed with the feed material and heated to 360 degrees C. Because the process requires water it is ideal for wet feed streams.

    In addition to cellulose, sugars and starches including beet juice, corn and potatoes have also been tested. These feeds produce a wider variety of products. Hydroxyacetone and acetic acid are the most abundant, but with these feeds, furfural, methyl furfural, methyl-cyclopentanes and acetone are also produced in significant quantities. Results from our new pilot plant are consistent with those from our first pilot plant, which had a 200 pounds per day capacity. The new pilot plant is currently being used to improve the conversion efficiency of the process and an efficiency of 60% or higher is expected.

    Newoi is very excited to begin a search for potential partners with access to waste cellulosic streams or cellulosic feed streams, as well as potential partners/investors that can help us push the development of the commercial applications of this technology. We encourage you to reach out to us for further information!

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