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Nova Pangaea Technologies signs JS Group as first international client

Nova Pangaea Technologies (UK) Ltd (NPT), a UK-based developer of a proprietary scalable multi-phase biomass pretreatment process for the production of biofuels and biochemicals, has announced that it has signed a partnership contract with Pakistan-based industrial and investment conglomerate, JS Group.

Nova Pangaea Technologies (UK) Ltd (NPT), a UK-based developer of a proprietary scalable multi-phase biomass pretreatment process for the production of biofuels and biochemicals, has announced that it has signed a partnership contract with Pakistan-based industrial and investment conglomerate, JS Group (photo courtesy JS Group).

According to a statement, the scope of the deal includes a licence for use of REFNOVA, NPT’s proprietary and patented end-to-end fractionation process, as well as a Front End Loading Conceptual Design Package (FEL1) for a co-located REFNOVA lignocellulosic processing plant in Pakistan, capable of converting 25 000 tonnes of bagasse per year.

The REFNOVA technology turns sugarcane bagasse into valuable sugars, providing additional yield and revenue streams for producers and maximising every part of the sugar plant and the processing phases involved.

Both parties will work together to deliver a joint commercial proposition for sugarcane processors in Pakistan, with JS Group acting as the lead licensor of the REFNOVA process.

We’re very pleased to be working with Nova Pangaea Technologies and its exciting solution to directly address the serious problem of what to do with sugar cane bagasse. This material is a by-product of the sugar cane industry that is both plentiful and difficult to dispose of. NPT has found a revolutionary process to turn this plant by-product into valuable sugars and chemicals. This delivers clear commercial benefits for sugar cane processors and industrial users of chemicals and biofuels. In addition, it delivers environmental benefit by making the most of materials from the natural world, reducing the need to create artificial chemicals from fossil fuels, said Steve Smith, Director at JS Group.

Enzyme free continuous process

Nova Pangaea Technologies has developed a “continuous and efficient” end-to-end fractionation process without the use of enzymes to liberate and extract C5 and C6 sugars from a variety of cellulosic biomass feedstock such wood, straw and bagasse for downstream conversion into advanced biofuels or platform biochemicals.

The Wilton plant in Redcar, UK, which was constructed with the help of a GBP4.7 million (≈ EUR 5.36 million) Department for Transport grant in 2015, currently employs over fifteen staff and has ambitious plans to expand.

The company is closing the remainder of a GBP3 million (≈ EUR 3.42 million) investment round from internal investors, following the commissioning of the 1 tonne per hour REFNOVA demonstration plant in December 2019.

We are excited to partner with JS Group as part of our accelerated international commercial strategy. We will start to deliver the design package work this month which is due to be completed by the end of the year. We are pleased to offer a sustainable and financially rewarding solution to Pakistan’s sugar industry for its bagasse, said Sarah Ellerby, recently appointed CEO at Nova Pangaea Technologies.

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