Pure Lignin, a New Ventures BC 2008 finalist, has completed a portable demonstration plant and began demonstrating its technology to prospective buyers this spring. The technology is a simple and efficient process for turning waste vegetation, such as beetle-killed pine trees and sugar-cane waste, into three profitable products: pure lignin, commercial cellulose and carbons for bio-fuels and protein.
The poor economy is working in Pure Lignin’s favour, says Lani O’Flynn, vice-president and CEO. For example, she says, “An integrated pulp and sawmill will generate $250 per tonne of input. Our plant will generate $550 – $700 per tonne of input without pollution.”
O’Flynn says dozens of companies and municipalities have expressed interest in their technology.