CRB Innovations Inc.’s Integrated Biorefinery
(Sustainable Development Technology Canada) An integrated and energy self-sufficient biorefinery will be built and put into operation for the production of cellulosic ethanol and co-products. The sequential fractionation process will be complemented with a novel non-enzymatic technology to hydrolyze, in high yields, cellulose into a C6 sugar solution. The demonstration project will treat 2,400 tonnes of lignocellulosic material per year and will produce about 682,000 litres of ethanol from C6 sugars and 245,000 litres of non-ethanolic biofuel derived from C5 sugars. It is expected that the success of the demonstration will be followed by implementing commercial networks, each comprising several satellite plants converting about 50,000 tonnes of biomass per year into specific intermediates which will then be upgraded in dedicated centers. The raw materials for the demonstration will comprise quasi-homogeneous biomass from forest residues, from agricultural crops and from agro-forestry plantations. Process residues will be used for the generation of heat and power to satisfy the needs of the biorefinery.