Turning municipal waste into biomass fibre

Wilson Bio-Chemical has opened a micro autoclave fibre production plant for turning municipal solid waste into biomass fibre.
Burkard Vogt, pixelio.de

According to the company, the new technology aims to divert substantial amounts of mixed waste from landfill and produce a range of chemicals of chemicals and fuels to replace the use fossil-resource based products.

Wilson-Chemical has developed a rotating autoclave which can treat the biological portion of MSW with steam and high pressure and convert it into a sterile fibre. The plant is expected to process 150.000 tonnes of waste per year.

Wilson is now working with the Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC, a University of York subsidiary) and the Centre for Novel Agricultural Products at the University of York on a variety of projects to test the fermentation process as well as the feasibility for use in bioenergy. Wilson is also collaborating on an EU-funded research project aiming to effectively turn the fibre into biofuel as well as high-value chemicals.


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