Xylitol Canada completes demonstration for xylose production process


Xylitol Canada, a provider of xylitol and xylitol based-products, has successfully completed a three-month pilot demonstration of its cellulosic xylose process, as part of its efforts to bring out a low cost all-natural sweetener.

During the technology trials, the company validated the xylose production critical process while meeting economic metrics, which are required to advance into commercial scale detailed engineering.

"During the technology trials, the company validated the xylose production critical process while meeting economic metrics."

Xylitol Canada Technology director Mark Turner said the testing demonstrated a foundation to pursue commercialisation of the process, while marking a step ahead in the company's goal to produce low cost xylitol.

Leveraging on previously conducted pilot scale work by integrating the Xylitol Canada process from end-to-end in a single facility, the recent testing supported the technical feasibility of process scale-up while being consistent with laboratory experiments.

Xylitol Canada President and CEO Andrew Reid said: "These types of technology advances and partnerships are a necessary step that will allow us to competitively promote North American xylitol for domestic consumers."

Since 2008, the company has been developing a process capable of generating environmentally sustainable xylose and xylitol with significantly less waste and eliminating the need for harsh acids and other chemicals.

Meanwhile, a commercial facility, to produce 10,000t of xylose per year from sustainably harvested North American hardwood, is being developed by the company.

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