Technical seminar covering issues relating to biomass harvesting, collection, transport and storage; fiber preparation systems including various equipment selections; established commercial pulping technologies for differing types of nonwood fiber raw materials and new emerging pulping technologies including equipment selections; environmental considerations; and assessment of the suitability of pulping technologies for small, medium and large pulp mills. Seminar covered a wide range of nonwood fiber raw materials and their suitability for molded fiber products.
Provided a technical assessment of an existing nonwood fiber pulp mill and its fiber supply chain for an investor group.
Fiber characterization for pulp and textiles, designed and monitored bench and pilot scale trials, market identification, developed short and long term marketing plans and assisted in market introduction. In collaboration with Danforth International, LLC.
Technical review and assessment of existing pulping line. Recommendations for process and equipment improvements.
Provided expert opinion on the economic viability of a 400 admt/d wheat straw market pulp mill.
Provided expert opinion on a new process for producing bamboo pulp and its economic viability for a 15,000 admt/y project.
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.
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.
Expert witness services for an arbitration.
Provided expert opinion on a new process for producing wheat straw market pulp, for an investor group.
Provided expert advise and design services for a nonwood fiber market pulp mill.
Provided expert advise and financial analysis for order-of- magnitude study for a new specialty paper mill.
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.
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.
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.
Reviewed new technology for semi-chemical wheat straw pulp production developed in the United Kingdom, provided risk assessment for potential investor.
Provided expert advise on preparing sugarcane bagasse for cellulosic biofuel production.
Provided expert advice on mill modifications required to prepare, clean and process a new nonwood fiber raw material to replace sugarcane bagasse.
Provided expert advice on various nonwood fiber raw materials and their suitability for dissolving pulp production.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Provided expert advice during a mill-scale trial of an alternative nonwood fiber raw material to replace sugarcane bagasse.
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.
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.
Provided expert advice on sugarcane bagasse products and revised client web site for technical aspects.
Provided solutions for operating problems and high bagasse costs at an existing sugarcane bagasse pulp mill including identification of an alternative fiber raw material for the mill.
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.
Provided expert advice regarding the use of nonwood fiber raw materials for the production of dissolving pulp for use in specialty chemicals.
Inspection of equipment to be used for preprocessing the kenaf prior to mechanical pulping.
Reviewed a patent application and examiner’s responses with respect to providing responses for the client to the patent office.
Provided options for nonwood fiber preparation systems, desilication systems and black liquor chemical recovery systems.
Presented a seminar on nonwood fiber raw material harvesting, storage and preprocessing for hydrolysis/fermentation and gasification applications for biofuel production.
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.
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.
Reviewed 39 applications for grant funding in the agricultural sector.
Prepared specifications and tender documents and solicited bids for a 100 ton per day wastepaper recycling for two new mills.
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.
Reviewed 47 applications for grant funding in the agricultural sector.
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.
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.
Provided expert advice regarding various methods for preparing and cleaning whole stalk kenaf raw material for delivery to the refiners.
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.
Technical assistance/investigation of alternative lower cost cellulose sources and grinding/milling systems.
Technical assessment and review of a black liquor chemical recovery system developed in Spain for small to medium scale wood and nonwood pulp mills.
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.
Expert advice on expansion of pulp mill capacity and capabilities.
Member of Peer Review Panel for life cycle analysis (LCA) on the use of cereal straw in directory grade papers.
Innovation/brainstorming expert session on the use of a new biodegradable polymer in the pulp and paper industry.
Technical report on the use of agricultural residues in molded egg trays.
Review and analysis of costs for producing and processing new crop fiber into pulp for high groundwood content papers.
Technical review of PAPRICAN's report on Nonwood Pulping Technologies to identify opportunities for producing pulp from agricultural residues in Alberta, Canada
Expert witness report concerning a failed bagasse market pulp mill project.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Procurement advisory services, specifications, bid analysis, monitoring and transportation services for $2,800,000 line of credit from CIDA to the Khulna Newsprint Mills.
Assistance in developing package bidding documents.
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.