May 6, 2010 (Canada NewsWire Group) -- Lignol Energy Corporation (TSX-V: LEC) ("Lignol" or "the Company"), a leading technology company in the cellulosic ethanol and biorefining sector, today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Lignol Innovations Ltd. has successfully completed integrated production campaigns and met operability targets for the production of cellulosic ethanol and lignin with its industrial-scale biorefinery pilot plant in Burnaby, British Columbia.
Following the enhancements to its biorefinery pilot plant in late 2009, Lignol has successfully operated all individual unit operations and has now completed an important series of fully integrated production campaigns. Over the past few months the pilot plant has been operating 24 hours per day, 5 days per week. Having reached this milestone of regular full-scale operations, the pilot plant is now generating important data for plant optimization and is preparing the company for commercial due diligence. Next steps now involve achieving preliminary benchmark performance targets on hardwood feedstock with which to confirm engineering designs for demonstration and commercial scale projects.
"These integrated production campaigns bring together the collective efforts of our technology, our science and our people," said Lignol President and CEO, Ross MacLachlan. "In addition to showcasing our advanced technologies to existing and new corporate partners, the information that is being generated from the integrated production campaigns will be vital to helping Lignol realize its goal of becoming the lowest cost producer of cellulosic ethanol."
The Lignol facility represents one of only a handful of fully integrated cellulosic ethanol pilot plants operating in the world today and is uniquely capable of producing high purity lignin derivatives engineered for specific industrial applications. The technology provides a valuable platform to the chemical industry as it evolves toward using renewable and environmentally attractive alternatives to petroleum based feedstocks.
Lignol (TSX-V: LEC) is a Canadian company undertaking the development of biorefining technologies for the production of fuel-grade ethanol and other biochemical co-products from non-food cellulosic biomass feedstocks. Lignol's modified solvent based pre-treatment technology facilitates the rapid, high-yield conversion of cellulose to ethanol and the production of value-added biochemical co-products, including high purity HP-L(TM) lignins. HP-L(TM) lignin represents a new class of high purity lignin extractives (and their subsequent derivatives) which can be engineered to meet the chemical properties and functional requirements of a range of industrial applications that until now has not been possible with traditional lignin by-products generated from other processes. Lignol is executing on its development plan through strategic partnerships to further develop and integrate its core technologies on a commercial scale. Lignol also intends to invest in, or otherwise obtain, equity interests in energy related projects which have synergies with its biorefining technology. For more information about Lignol, please visit our website at www.lignol.ca.
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