Process Optimization


InnoTech Alberta has the expertise and equipment required for the optimization, industrialization and scale-up of processes, as well as interim manufacturing of products. We help increase the value of biofibre resources by extracting and testing higher-value materials. Our teams work with small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), large industrial companies and the Government of Alberta to develop and demonstrate leading-edge technologies for handling and adding product value.

Fermentation Capabilities:

  • Organisms
    • Bacteria, yeast, fungi, algae
  • Production systems
    • Recombinant, high-density, fed-batch
  • Products
    • Soil inoculants, biopesticides, biomaterials, fatty acids, MEOR agents

Equipment Available:

  • Fermenters
    • 20L to 15,000L, with mass spec off gas analysis
  • Centrifuges
    • tubular bowl (7.5kg capacity), disk stack (up to 10,000L/hr)
  • Filtration Equipment
    • microfiltration and ultrafiltration skids
  • Cell Disruption Equipment
    • Dynamill (5L) and high-pressure homogenizer
  • Drying Equipment
    • lyophilizer and spray dryer

Biomass Conversion and Processing:

  • Pulp and paper technologies
  • Chemical conversion technologies
  • Cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin utilization technologies
  • Biofibre handling and decortication
  • Cellulose nanocrystals (CNC)

Equipment available:

  • Tornado pulper
  • Velcoplan
  • Screw press – Sidehill screen
  • Chip cooking capabilities
  • Microfluidizer
  • Spray dryer
  • Zetasizer Nano Series ZS (Malvern)
  • Thermogravimetric Analyzer (TA Instruments)
  • Autotitrator 950 Tirando/856 Conductivity Module (Metrohom)