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Delfzijl -Netherlands: The world's first sludge-based biorefinery

With the process based on Episome Biotechnology's patented technology Epicellulyse XT, primary and secondary sludge from paper mills  will be converted into bio-LNG, which has a very important place in the transportation industry. The remaining pulp in the facility, which will operate with the concept of "zero waste", will be brought back into the ecological cycle. The construction activities of the facility are continuing. Estimated date of fully operational plant is Q4-2023.

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Trakya Lignocellulosic Biomass Based Bio-Methane Biorefinery: Turkey's first facility to produce second generation renewable biofuel 

In Turkey, lignocellulosic biomass has a high potential in terms of both industrial waste and plants growing in marginal areas. The biochemical energy in the structure of lignocellulosic biomass actually comes from the sun, our main energy source. While the energy from photosynthesis is used for the synthesis of cellulose chains, this energy is stored in the lignocellulosic biomass. So in essence, using lignocellulosic biomass means harvesting energy from the Sun. 

In our future facility, where we started feasibility studies for its installation in the Thrace region, we can achieve a process that is at least 2 times more efficient than existing biorefineries by using the patented Epicellulyse XT process, and keep the return on investment under 4 years. 

This facility, which will benefit from agricultural and industrial wastes and residues such as agricultural product residues (plant stems), paper sludge, chicken manure, which are abundant in the region, will operate with the zero waste principle. 

The plant outputs will be approximately 20 million Kg of liquefied bio-methane and steam that can be used in the nearby facilities and towns. With this facility, which will produce energy and fertilizer, the value of which is increasing day by day, 75 million Euros will be contributed to the local economy annually.

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Aegean Lignocellulosic Biomethane and Organic Fertilizer Plant

There are lignocellulosic wastes of both industrial and agricultural origin in the Aegean Region, which is the intersection point of agriculture, livestock and industry. We have started feasibility studies for the establishment of a facility that will ensure the disposal of these wastes in an environmentally friendly manner and that can produce renewable energy and organic fertilizer at the same time. 

In this facility, paper sludge, cotton stalks, non-recyclable paper (cardboard cups... etc.) and animal manure waste will be gasified by fermentation and the remaining pulp will be integrated with mineral fertilizers and converted into highly efficient organomineral fertilizer.

Episome, which has the opportunity to apply its innovative technologies in all stages of the process of the facility, will create an industry-leading facility by adding useful microorganism supplements that increase the efficiency of ultra-fast composting systems and organomineral fertilizers up to 5 times, in addition to Epicellulyse XT technology, in this facility.

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Solar, Wind and BioEnergy Based Combined Renewable Fuel Production Refinery

Renewable energy production, which the world needs, is progressing in 4 basic segments: wind, solar, hydroelectric and bioenergy. Seeing that a single solution to today's complex problems will not be enough, Episome is working on a storable renewable energy biorefinery concept that brings all these technologies together. 

Bio-LNG, an easily storable and portable renewable fuel, will be obtained by combining the hydrogen to be obtained from excess wind and solar energy with carbon dioxide obtained from biogas. Episome, which will combine hydrogen and carbon dioxide using biological processes that it is specialized in, aims to realize this process in a very high energy efficiency way by using biocatalysts. 

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North America - Paper Sludge Based Renewable Natural Gas Production Plant

North America is one of the regions where the paper industry and lignocellulosic wastes are most concentrated. Mainly due to the primary pulp production in Canada and the high paper consumption in the United States, the large amount of paper recycling processes result in the existence of large amounts of paper sludge in the North American region.

Increasing disposal costs in developed countries increase the importance of eliminating paper sludge in an environmentally friendly and cost-effective manner. 

Among the short term targets of Episome Biotechnology, the construction of a biorefinery based in the USA with an annual sludge processing capacity of 500,000 tons is at the forefront. Currently, we are in negotiations with energy companies interested in our technology.

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