Linking the forest and petrochemical industry
Our vision is to utilize forest industry by-products for the production of renewable fuels. Lignin – a by-product from pulp & paper mills – is extracted from black liquor and processed to a depolymerized lignin-rich oil. The lignin-rich oil is a renewable and aromatic product with low carbon footprint and excellent LCA results. SunCarbon was founded in 2014 and is owned by KIRAM, Hulteberg Chemistry & Engineering and Arkell Innovations together with strong industrial backing. With this strong team SunCarbon can bridge the gap between pulp & paper mills and producers of traditional motor fuels.
Lignin is extracted from black liquor produced by the pulp and paper mills. It is processed in multiple steps to a depolymerized lignin-rich oil and the SunCarbon technology can be divided to three different parts, membrane separation, hydrothermal treatment & purification and finally process integration.
Lignin is a complex polymer of aromatic alcohols and is found in the cell walls of trees and plants. It is the second most abundant polymer on earth. The energy-rich lignin has earlier been burned to generate heat but now it is possible to extract the lignin produce valuable fuels for transportation.
SunCarbon was founded in 2014 and our mission is to create a link between the forest and the petrochemical industry. This is done by first demonstrating the innovative technology in small scale and thereafter building and operating commercial size plants for lignin extraction and conditioning.