Project References

Technology Transfer & Advisory Services

Wheat Straw for Molded Products

Technical review and assessment of existing pulping line. Recommendations for process and equipment improvements. Sourcing of new equipment and purchasing assistance. Installation and startup of new equipment assistance. Various recommendations for process improvements.

Client
Pure Pulp Products Inc.
Location
USA
Materials
Wheat straw
Products
Pulp

Nonwood Fiber Pulp for Molded Products

Investigated availability and costs of several nonwood fiber raw materials. Preliminary engineering and cost estimating for 30 tpd add-on nonwood pulping line for both mechano-chemical and CTMP processes. Designed initial pilot trials for CTMP and TMP pulping. Assisted in design for 200 tpd nonwood pulping line.

Client
Confidential
Location
USA
Materials
Confidential
Products
Nonwood fiber pulp

Cellulosic Biorefinery

Expert witness services for an arbitration.

Client
Confidential
Location
USA
Materials
Confidential
Products
Confidential

Wheat Straw Market Pulp Mill

Provided expert opinion on a new process for producing wheat straw market pulp.

Client
Confidential
Location
USA
Materials
Wheat straw
Products
Market pulp

Nonwood Fiber Market Pulp Mill

Provided expert advise and design services for a nonwood fiber market pulp mill.

Client
Confidential
Location
USA
Materials
Confidential
Products
Market pulp

Specialty Paper Mill

Provided expert advise and financial analysis for order-of- magnitude study for a new specialty paper mill.

Client
Danforth Group LLC
Location
USA
Materials
Purchased Pulps
Products
Confidential

Bamboo Substitutes

Evaluation of bamboo species that could be used as substitutes for softwood based on fiber characteristics, biomass production per hectare per year and growing conditions based on an extensive literature review.

Client
Confidential
Location
Brazil

Biomass Preparation Trials for Biofuel Production

Provided expert advise on the preparation of biomass for biofuel production using special commercially available equipment. Observed pilot plant trials and provided advise on the commercial facility design.

Client
Confidential
Location
Confidential
Materials
Confidential
Products
Liquid biofuels

Digester Capacity Increase

Provided expert advice on how to increase the capacity of a horizontal tube digester by 15%, cost estimating and identified potential risks to other areas of the bleached bagasse pulp mill.

Client
Carvajal Pulpa y Papel
Location
Cali, Colombia
Materials
Sugarcane bagasse
Products
Printing/writing paper

New Technology Evaluation

Reviewed new technology for semi-chemical wheat straw pulp production developed in the United Kingdom, provided risk assessment for potential investor.

Client
Siata DS, Inc., USA
Materials
Wheat straw
Products
Market pulp

Bagasse for Cellulosic Biofuels

Provided expert advise on preparing sugarcane bagasse for cellulosic biofuel production.

Client
Iogen Energy Corporation, Canada
Materials
Sugarcane bagasse
Products
Cellulosic biofuels

Alternative Nonwood Fiber Raw Material

Provided expert advice on mill modifications required to prepare, clean and process a new nonwood fiber raw material to replace sugarcane bagasse.

Client
Grupo Papelero Scribe SA de CV
Location
Orizaba, Mexico
Materials
Pennisetum purpurem (Elephant grass, napier grass)
Products
Printing/writing paper

Nonwoods for Dissolving Pulp Production

Provided expert advice on various nonwood fiber raw materials and their suitability for dissolving pulp production.

Client
Confidential
Location
USA
Materials
Various nonwood fibers
Products
Dissolving pulp

Carpet Recycling

Provided expert advice on the use of pulp & paper equipment for processing and recycling old wall-to-wall carpeting to reclaim the nylon, polypropylene and carpet sand.

Client
Modular Carpet Recycling
Location
USA
Materials
Waste wall-to-wall carpet
Products
Separated nylon, polypropylene, carpet sand

Bagasse for Use in Cellulosic Biofuels

Provided expert advise on the use of sugarcane bagasse for pulp & paper production and for cellulosic biofuel production. Advised on CAPEX requirements and scalability of major equipment.

Client
Confidential
Location
USA
Materials
Sugarcane bagasse
Products
Cellulosic biofuels

Pulp Mill Conversion

Visited an abaca market pulp mill to determine if it could be converted to produce bleached bagasse market pulp. Prepared report covering technical issues relating to the conversion and solutions to allow bagasse pulp production.

Client
Confidential
Location
Philippines
Materials
Abaca, sugarcane bagasse
Products
Bleached market pulp

Production Audit/Rationalization

Visited ABC Paper, recommended solutions to several problems in the pulp mill, advised client on grade lines to be produced on 3 smaller paper machines, provided advice on operating problems on 4th large paper machine, advised client regarding new market opportunities in the “green” market in North America, advised client on “green” certification requirements.

Client
ABC Paper Limited
Location
Saila Khurd, India
Materials
Wheat straw, local grasses, hardwood, purchased woodpulps
Products
Uncoated printing/writing papers

Recyclability of Tree Free Paper

Provided expert opinion on the recyclability of TreeFrog 100% tree-free multi-purpose copy paper produced from 25% bleached bamboo chemical pulp and 75% bleached sugarcane bagasse chemical pulp. Arranged laboratory testing that confirmed recyclability of the paper within USA wastepaper mix.

Client
TreeZero, LLC
Location
Norcross, GA, USA
Materials
Bamboo, bagasse
Products
Multi-purpose copy paper

Wheat Straw for Molded Products

Provided overview of producing high yield semichemical pulp from wheat straw for use in molded products. Identified most promising processes and equipment based on cost effectiveness and product quality.

Client
Confidential
Location
USA & International Operations
Materials
Wheat straw
Products
Tableware, clamshell packaging

Production Program Audit/Rationalization

Visited PROPAL 1, recommended solutions to several problems in the pulp mill, advised client on the grades of paper best suited to high bagasse content, reviewed production program, advised regarding “green” market opportunities in North America, advised regarding “green” market requirements and green certification.

Client
Productora de Papeles S. A. (PROPAL)
Location
Cali, Colombia
Materials
Sugarcane bagasse, purchased softwood pulp
Products
Uncoated and coated printing/writing papers

Pilot-Scale Pulping System

Developed specifications for a horizontal tube digester system with feed system and blow tank, issued specifications to preselected vendors, analysed proposals and reported to client.

Client
Confidential
Location
Canada
Materials
Agricultural crops & residues
Products
Confidential

Fiber Preparation System Audit - Cellulosic Biofuel Demo Plant

Inspected existing fiber preparation system for nonwood fiber raw materials that was experiencing problems with excessive stones, sand and dirt and recommended system additions to provide well cleaned fiber to the digester.

Client
Confidential
Location
USA
Materials
Confidential
Products
Cellulosic Ethanol

Alternative Nonwood Fiber Mill-Scale Trial

Provided expert advice during a mill-scale trial of an alternative nonwood fiber raw material to replace sugarcane bagasse.

Client
Grupo Papelero Scribe SA de CV
Location
Orizaba, Mexico
Materials
Pennisetum purpurem (Elephant grass, napier grass)
Products
Wet lap pulp, printing/writing papers

Nonwoods for Tissue & Personal Hygiene Products

Provided overview of various nonwood fibers that can be used in tissue and personal hygiene products. Identified most promising nonwood fibers based on cost effectiveness and product quality.

Client
Confidential
Location
USA & International Operations
Materials
Sugarcane bagasse, cereal straws, bamboo, reeds, grasses, etc.
Products
Tissue, personal hygiene products

Nonwoods for Molded Products

Provided overview of various nonwood fibers that can be used in molded products. Identified most promising nonwood fibers based on cost effectiveness and product quality.

Client
Confidential
Location
USA & International Operations
Materials
Sugarcane bagasse, cereal straws, bamboo, reeds, grasses, etc.
Products
Tableware, clamshell packaging

Bagasse Molded Products & Copy Paper

Provided expert advice on bagasse products and revised client web site for technical aspects.

Client
The Sugar Cane Paper Company
Location
USA
Materials
Sugarcane bagasse
Products
Tableware, clamshell packaging, copy paper

Bagasse Pulp Mill Audit

Provided solutions for operating problems and high bagasse costs at an existing bagasse pulp mill including identification of an alternative fiber raw material for the mill.

Client
Grupo Papelero Scribe SA de CV
Location
Orizaba, Mexico
Materials
Sugarcane bagasse
Products
Wet lap pulp, printing/writing papers

Bagasse Recycled Fiber

Provided justification that sugarcane bagasse could be considered as a recycled fiber raw material based on FSC definitions of recycled raw materials. Government of Mexico has since granted bagasse a “recycled fiber” designation.

Client
Grupo Papelero Scribe SA de CV
Location
Orizaba, Mexico
Materials
Sugarcane bagasse
Products
Wet lap pulp, printing/writing papers

Nonwood Fiber Dissolving Pulp

Provided expert advice regarding the use of nonwood fiber raw materials for the production of dissolving pulp for use in specialty chemicals.

Client
Confidential
Location
USA
Materials
Sugarcane bagasse, bamboo, giant reeds, industrial hemp, flax, cotton linters

BCTMP Whole Stalk Kenaf Pulp Mill - Part 3

Inspection of equipment to be used for preprocessing the kenaf prior to mechanical pulping.

Client
Andritz Inc., Vienna, Austria
Project
100,000 mt/year BCTMP pulp mill
Location
Vietnam
Materials
Kenaf
Products
BCTMP market pulp

Patent Application Review

Reviewed a patent application and examiner’s responses with respect to providing responses for the client to the patent office.

Client
Alberta Research Council
Project
Confidential

Nonwood Fiber Pulp & Paper Mill Chemical Recovery

Provided options for nonwood fiber preparation systems, desilication systems and black liquor chemical recovery systems.

Client
Prairie Pulp & Paper Inc.
Project
200,000 mt/year fine paper mill
Location
Manitoba, Canada
Materials
Wheat straw, oilseed flax straw
Products
Printing & writing paper

Nonwood Fiber Biofuels Seminar

Presented a seminar on nonwood fiber raw material harvesting, storage and preprocessing for hydrolysis/fermentation and gasification applications for biofuel production.

Client
Andritz Ltd.
Location
Quebec, Canada
Materials
Cereal straws, prairie grasses, sugarcane bagasse, flax, hemp, jute, bamboo, giant reeds

Renewal of Closed Groundwood Market Pulp Mill

Provided expert advice regarding alternative possible projects for the renewal of a closed groundwood market pulp mill including molded products and biomass to energy generation.

Client
Confidential
Location
Quebec, Canada
Materials
Nonwood fibre raw materials, waste wood, peat

BCTMP Whole Stalk Kenaf Pulp Mill - Part 2

Provided expert advice regarding a novel approach towards preparing and cleaning whole stalk kenaf raw material for delivery to the refiners as well as establishing the basis for process guarantees.

Client
Andritz Inc., Vienna, Austria
Project
100,000 mt/year BCTMP pulp mill
Location
Vietnam
Materials
Kenaf
Products
BCTMP market pulp

Grant Funding Application Review (2006)

Reviewed 39 applications for grant funding in the agricultural sector.

Client
Alberta Agricultural Research Institute, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Urban Forest Recyclers Inc

Swift Current, SK, Canada

Prepared specifications and tender documents and solicited bids for a 100 ton per day wastepaper recycling for two new mills.

Location
Swift Current, SK, Canada
Materials
Wastepaper
Products
Molded trays

Research & Development Work on Straw Mulch

Project manager for research and development work to soften straw mulch to increase pumpability. Developed RFP for work to be carried our in labs, set test conditions, monitored lab work.

Client
Confidential
Location
North America
Materials
Straw
Products
Mulch

Grant Funding Application Review (2005)

Reviewed 47 applications for grant funding in the agricultural sector.

Client
Alberta Agricultural Research Institute, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Industrial Hemp Pulp Mini-Mill Review & Commentary

Reviewed and commented on concept for a mini-mill based on industrial hemp. Developed alternative concepts including recommendations for process selections to minimize environmental discharges.

Client
ITRAB, Linko?ping, Sweden
Project
Mini-pulp mill
Location
Sweden
Materials
Industrial hemp
Products
Market pulp

Used Kraft Pulp Mill Inspection

Visual inspection and assessment of a 400 t/d bleached hardwood kraft pulp mill and report on its condition and suitability for relocation. Assessment covered cooking, brown stock washing, screening & cleaning, bleach plant, evaporators, recovery boiler and recausticizing system.

Client
Industrial Exchange Corporation, Richmond, VA, USA
Location
Maine, USA

BCTMP Whole Stalk Kenaf Pulp Mill - Part 1

Provided expert advice regarding various methods for preparing and cleaning whole stalk kenaf raw material for delivery to the refiners.

Client
Andritz Inc., Vienna, Austria
Project
100,000 mt/year BCTMP pulp mill
Location
Vietnam
Materials
Kenaf
Products
BCTMP market pulp

Research & Development Work on Oil Palm Empty Fruit Bunches (EFB)

Project manager for developing appropriate cooking and bleaching conditions for EFB raw material and production of pilot scale unbleached and bleached papers using the EFB pulp. Established test conditions and directed test work carried out at a USA-based laboratory/pilot plant.

Client
Eko Pulp & Paper Sdn. Bhd., Malaysia
Project
100,000 mt/year BCTMP pulp mill
Location
Malaysia
Materials
Oil palm empty fruit bunch

Investigation of Alternative Cellulose for Termite Bait

Technical assistance/investigation of alternative lower cost cellulose sources and grinding/milling systems.

Client
ENSYSTEX, North Carolina, USA

EPYTEK S.L.

San Sebastian, Spain

Technical assessment and review of a black liquor chemical recovery system developed in Spain for small to medium scale wood and nonwood pulp mills.

Changing World Technologies

West Hempstead, NY, USA

Technical assessment of patented thermo-depolymerization (TDP) process for use in the pulp and paper industry including chemical recovery and organic waste treatment, and assistance in market development.

Spexel Inc.

Beauharnois, Quebec, Canada

Expert advice on expansion of pulp mill capacity and capabilities.

Client
Pulp mill expansion
Location
Beauharnois, Quebec
Materials
Cotton rag
Products
Currency, high quality writing paper

Consoli Consulting Company

Media, PA, USA

Member of Peer Review Panel for life cycle analysis (LCA) on the use of cereal straw in directory grade papers.

Project
LCA Peer Review Panel
Location
North America
Materials
Wheat straw
Products
Directory paper for telephone directories

INNOTECH

Newtown, CT, USA

Innovation/brainstorming expert session on the use of a new biodegradable polymer in the pulp and paper industry.

Project
Expert Session
Location
North America
Materials
New polymer

Urban Forest Recyclers Inc

Swift Current, SK, Canada

Technical report on the use of agricultural residues in molded egg trays.

Location
Swift Current, SK, Canada
Materials
Wheat straw, flax straw, wastepaper
Products
Molded trays

New Fibre Crop

Review and analysis of costs for producing and processing new crop fiber into pulp for high groundwood content papers.

Client
Confidential
Location
North America
Materials
Confidential
Products
Newsprint, high groundwood content papers

Pulp and Paper Research Institute of Canada

Vancouver Laboratory, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Technical review of PAPRICAN's report on Nonwood Pulping Technologies to identify opportunities for producing pulp from agricultural residues in Alberta, Canada

Project
Review of Nonwood Pulping Technologies
Location
Alberta, Canada
Materials
Wheat straw
Products
Pulp

Phillips Fox

Perth, WA, Australia

Expert witness report concerning a failed bagasse market pulp mill project.

Location
Australia
Materials
Sugarcane bagasse
Products
Market pulp

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Washington, D.C., U.S.A

Technical and commercial review of several applications for financial support for research and development of new technologies which would lead to commercial use of domestic nonwood fibers by the U.S. pulp and paper industry.

U.S. Department of Energy

Golden, Colorado, USA

Technical and commercial review of applications for financial support for research and development of new technologies which would lead to commercial use of domestic nonwood fibers by the U.S. pulp and paper industry.

Asian Development Bank

Manila, Philippines

Technical seminars sponsored by the Asian Development Bank to strengthen the People's Republic of China government implementation capacity in the pulp and paper sector. Over a period of three (3) months, the seminars covered feasibility study and tender document preparation, the latest trends and technology in kraft pulping and short sequence bleaching, effluent treatment and environmental impact, bagasse newsprint production and nonwood fiber pulp and paper production. Technical analysis of seven operating pulp and paper mills also was carried out including recommendations for improving mill operations.

Client
Guangxi Bureau of Light Industry Project
Location
Nanning, P .R. of China
Materials
Sugarcane bagasse, cereal straws, bamboo, softwood, hardwood
Products
Printing & writing paper, kraft papers, newsprint, linerboard

Canadian Investor Group

Assessment of the value of 350 mt/day bleached softwood market mill assets and financial projections concerning the long-term viability of the mill (for potential purchaser).

Mill
Celulosa de Guatemala, S.A.
Location
El Rancho, Guatemala
Materials
Softwood
Products
Bleached market pulp

Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)

Hull, Quebec, Canada

Procurement advisory services, specifications, bid analysis, monitoring and transportation services for $2,800,000 line of credit from CIDA to the Khulna Newsprint Mills.

Project
Khulna Newsprint Mills Balancing, Modernization, Rehabilitation & Expansion Program
Location
Khulna, Bangladesh
Materials
Tropical hardwoods
Products
Newsprint

Simons Eastern

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Assistance in developing package bidding documents.

Project
Panafrican Paper Mills (E.A.) Ltd.
Location
Webuye, Kenya
Materials
Softwood
Products
Newsprint, printing & writing paper, sack kraft, linerboard

Zenith Paper Company

Banah, Punjab, India

As Zenith's Technical Consultant for a five year term, assisted management of existing 30 mt/day writing and printing pulp and paper mill including improvements to existing operations and reduced costs, replaced imported long fiber wood pulp with in-house cotton liners pulping, increased production to 50 mt/day, and provided training for technical personnel.

Location
Banah, Punjab, India
Materials
Cotton linters, wheat straw, rice straw, hessian (jute bags), wastepaper
Products
Printing & writing paper