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ANDRITZ to supply a further high-efficiency PowerFluid circulating fluidized bed boiler


nternational technology group ANDRITZ has received an order from Toyo Engineering Corporation, Japan, to deliver a PowerFluid

circulating fluidized bed boiler with a flue gas cleaning system. The boiler will be part of a new biomass power plant to be built in Gamagori in Aichi Prefecture, Honshu Island, some 300 km South-West of Tokyo, Japan. Commercial operations are scheduled to begin in 2023. The PowerFluid boiler to be supplied

by ANDRITZ features low emissions, high efficiency and availability, as well as high fuel flexibility. It forms an essential part of a high-efficiency biomass power plant for supply of

green energy to the national grid. The biomass power plant fired with wood pellets and palm kernel shells will generate around 50 MWel of power. This is the eighth order in two and

a half years for supply of an ANDRITZ PowerFluid circulating fluidized bed boiler for the Japanese market, and it confirms ANDRITZ’s comprehensive expertise and acknowledged competence in the biomass-fired, fluidized bed boiler sector. ANDRITZ is one of the leading global suppliers of power boiler technologies and systems for generating steam and electricity from renewable and fossil fuels, with a large number of very successful references worldwide.

Cleantech innovator signs first customer to springboard international commercialisation

Nova Pangaea Technologies (NPT), based at Redcar on Teesside, which converts unwanted plant biomass into natural platform chemicals and biofuels, has signed a partnership contract with Pakistan-based industrial and investment conglomerate, JS Group. The scope of the deal includes a

licence for use of REFNOVA™, NPT’s proprietary and patented end-to-end fractionation process, as well as a Front End Loading Conceptual Design Package (FEL1) for a co-located REFNOVA™ lignocellulosic processing plant in Pakistan, capable of converting 25,000 tonnes of bagasse per year. The REFNOVA™ technology turns

sugar cane bagasse into valuable sugars, providing additional yield and revenue streams for producers and maximising every part of the sugar plant and the processing phases involved. Both parties will work together to

deliver a joint commercial proposition for sugar cane processors in Pakistan, with JS Group acting as lead licensor

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of the REFNOVA™ process. Steve Smith, Director at JS Group

said: “We’re very pleased to be working with Nova Pangaea Technologies and its exciting solution to directly address the serious problem of what to do with sugar cane bagasse. This material is a by-product of the sugar cane industry that is both plentiful and difficult to dispose of. “NPT has found a revolutionary

process to turn this plant by-product into valuable sugars and chemicals. This delivers clear commercial benefits for sugar cane processors and industrial users of chemicals and biofuels. In addition, it delivers environmental benefit by making the most of materials from the natural world, reducing the need to create artificial chemicals from fossil fuels.” Sarah Ellerby, CEO at Nova Pangaea

Technologies said: “We are excited to partner with JS Group as part of our accelerated international commercial strategy. We will start to deliver the design package work this month, which is due to be completed by the end of the year. We are pleased to offer a sustainable and financially

rewarding solution to Pakistan’s sugar industry for their bagasse.” Nova Pangaea Technologies has

developed a continuous and efficient end-to-end fractionation process to produce a variety of biofuels and natural platform chemicals from biomass residues, without the use of enzymes, and doing so using plant by-products that are currently going to waste. The Wilton plant, which was

constructed with the help of a £4.7m Department for Transport grant,

currently employs over fifteen staff, including newly-appointed CEO Sarah Ellerby, and has ambitious plans to expand. The company is closing the

remainder of a £3m investment round from internal investors, following the commissioning of their 1 tonne per hour REFNOVA™ demonstration plant in December 2019. For more information, please contact: Nick Johnson, Johnson Rand Tel: 07827 314731 Email:

About Nova Pangaea Technologies Ltd

Nova Pangaea Technologies is a cleantech company with a proprietary patented process called REFNOVA™. The unique technology, process and expert know-how sustainably converts what would otherwise be discarded forms of plant biomass, including wheat straw, bagasse and unwanted tree matter into multiple, valuable biofuels and natural platform chemicals.

About JS Group

JS Group is a leading investment and industrial group, headquartered in Karachi, Pakistan. The Group’s core financial services business was founded in 1970 and has grown to become one of Pakistan’s leading financial services groups. In addition, JS has been an investor in Pakistan’s industrial and infrastructure sectors for several decades. The Group today has approximately 23,000 employees generating USD 2 billion of revenue in eight countries across 30 business lines.

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