Biobased Levulinic Acid

Client: DSM/GF Biochemicals 

Objectives: Development, design and evaluation of new technology for production of Levulinic acid by thermochemical conversion of lignocellulose 

Scope of work: Our client is developing new technology for production of Levulinic acid from lignocellulosic materials. To support their process development activities a comprehensive process design study of the Levulinic acid production process is conducted. A number of process options for lignocellulose pretreatment, reaction and product separation are considered and evaluated. Detailed mass and energy balances, technology design and comparison, energy efficiency studies, economic evaluation, CAPEX, OPEX and financial analysis have been conducted to support the project development and business decisions.