Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Update on Experimental Paper Mill

It's been a while, but I have an update on the experimental paper mill that is using straw to make paper.

The Mini Mill now plan to demonstrate the continuous running of the plant to potential customers over the next few months, with a view to making our their commercial sale early next year. This should see them well on their way to market with the black liquor recovery section of the MiniMill, which they aim to sell worldwide to help clean up the pollution caused by small non-wood pulp mills, and to add incremental recovery capacity to large wood pulp mills where this causes a bottleneck. They then aim to move on to refine their pulping technology next year with a view to establishing a full
scale MiniMill
in the UK thereafter.

BioRegional MiniMills (UK) Ltd Summer 2008 Newsletter

Our industrial scale demonstration pulp mill black liquor gasification and chemical recovery plant has now been successfully commissioned and we are putting it through it paces at Ahlstrom Chirnside’s Radcliffe Mill
in Manchester .

Our technical team; Philip, Sergio, James, Harry and Edmund are carrying out a test programme with the black liquor generated at Ahlstrom’s pulp mill which will be concluded in the Autumn. We are very grateful for the support of the UK government Technology Strategy Board for the test programme.

A Life Cycle Assessment of the MiniMill process, using the data generated in the test programme, is being produced by the University of Manchester as part of the CCalc project.

A test and development programme for straw papermaking using our pulper (below) is also underway with support from the UK Home Grown Cereals Authority (HGCA). The objective of the work is to develop a quality paper product and detail of what would be needed to establish straw papermaking in the UK. We are planning our next Open Day this Autumn at the mill inManchester. We will be presenting the results of our test programme and interested parties will have opportunity to look around the plant.

Please let us know if you are interested in attending.

Contact us: Sue Riddlestone or Zoe Bullock
BioRegional MiniMills UK Ltd,
BedZED Centre,
24, Helios Road, Wallington, Surrey. SM6 7BZ
+44 (0)208 404 4886

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