Processing organic matter and residuals into commercial and industrial value-added products.

Our thermo-chemical processing service area consists of a diverse team of professionals that use specialized equipment and facilities to provide technical services associated with biological, thermal and chemical treatments of biogenic residuals. 

We specialize in using various treatments to transform and combine organic matter and residuals from other primary processes into value-added bio-products, examining integration options and associated economics. After initial development and market assessments, we are often tasked with producing larger quantities of the developed products. 

 

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Sections

Pyrolysis/Carbonization Units
Pyrolysis/Carbonization Units

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Thermal Hydrolysis/Hydrothermal Pre-Treatment Plant
Thermal Hydrolysis/Hydrothermal Pre-Treatment Plant

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Extruder & Pelletizer System
Extruder & Pelletizer System

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Designer Activated Carbon Production
Designer Activated Carbon Production

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Pyrolysis/Carbonization Units

Our experts have access to two demonstration-scale mobile continuous pyrolysis units and a batch carbonization unit featured above. These units are capable of:

  • Operating in temperature ranges from ambient to 550°C
  • Purge gas (N2 /CO2) and steam injection capabilities
  • Derive biocarbon, biochar, and biooil products
  • Batch carbonizer feedstock capacities of 100L per batch
  • Continuous system char production up to 500 kg per day
  • Various pre-treatment options including large grinding systems and a thermal hydrolysis reactor

Thermal Hydrolysis/Hydrothermal Pre-Treatment Plant

The process of thermal hydrolysis exposes wastewater, sewage sludge, wood pulp, and other organic wastes to high temperatures and pressure. This is accomplished by using steam to mix and heat the sludge. 

A major benefit of this process it that it turns what would be considered waste into useful products. Some of the many applications include creating biofuels for electricity utilities and fertilizers for agriculture clients.  

Extruder & Pelletizer System

Another capability of our thermo-chemical facilities is that we operate multiple pilot and demonstration scale pelletizers, which can process pelletized products at a rate from a few kg up to a maximum of 200 kg/hour, depending on the material being used.

Our pellet mill can be used to pelletize anything from wheat straw to wood bark. The pellets produced can not only be used as a fuel for heating; but for feed, animal bedding or feedstock for biochar.

Designer Activated Carbon Production

Our multi-disciplinary team has developed biocarbon production methodologies using biomass feedstocks from Alberta-sourced agricultural, forestry, and municipal wastewater and sewage residues.  

The research and production of designer carbons have several applications. The creation of biochemicals, soil amendments, and fertilizers. We are also able to develop and test designer carbons for supercapacitor and battery electrodes. 

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Thermo-Chemical Treatments