Linking the forest and petrochemical industry
Our vision is to utilize forest industry by-products and creating new value chains of renewable products. 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 together with strong industrial backing.
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 is currently used for renewable heat generation, but it is now possible to extract the lignin and create high value products.
SunCarbon was founded in 2014 with a vision of creating new value chains from the renewable resources of the forest 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.
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