Lignol Innovations Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Canada-based Lignol Energy Corporation, a cellulosic ethanol and biorefining company, has been awarded C$3.4 million (US$2.74 million) in funding from British Columbia to produce cellulosic ethanol and other biochemical products from under-utilized forest resources, including lodgepole pine killed by mountain pine beetle.
Lignol will use the funding to support production runs at its industrial scale biorefinery pilot plant utilizing forestry residues indigenous to British Columbia, including the beetle-killed lodgepole pine. This will lead to the creation of an engineering design package for a commercial biorefinery within the province.
In March, the Government of Canada and Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) awarded Lignol Innovations Ltd. up to C$1.82 million (US$1.5 million) in additional funding contributions from SDTC. (Earlier post.)
Lignol uses a modified solvent based pre-treatment technology, originally developed by a former affiliate of General Electric, and then further developed and commercialized for wood-pulp applications by a subsidiary of Repap Enterprises Inc.
The technology produces a clean pulp that converts feedstock rapidly into fermentable sugars with high yield and lower enzyme costs. The process also produces co-products with revenues that mitigate the costs of production and commodity risks.