No matter if creating bio-energy or chemical intermediates from biomass the general process and challenges are the same.
- First is to breakdown the biomass materials into the desired components.
- Second is to do that as fast and as efficiently as possible.
One of the most efficient ways to breakdown biomass is via the strong acid hydrolysis approach. In this process, strong acids such as hydrochloric acid and sulfuric acid are used to help break down biomass raw materials. The faster these biomaterials are broken down, the more efficient this process is in producing the desired product.
Because of Ultramet CPT’s extremely corrosion resistant tantalum diffusion surfaces, strong acids like HCl or H2SO4 will have no effect on the protected equipment. This enables this industry to run more efficiently by protecting equipment, allow more uptime, and run more aggressive conditions.