Eindhoven University of Technology may have come up with something to aid the paper industry, potentially curbing down their energy footprint by as much as 40%.
After the university’s meeting with paper industry specialists, a new process which calls for the proper extraction of cellulose from wood chips which in turn would produce a new solvent could cut the vaunted energy footprint by as much as 40%.
The new solvent is known as a ‘deep eutectic solvent’ (DES). Traditionally, trees are turned into paper, by initially separating basic vegetable material (lignocellulose), into lignin and cellulose. But with the new process developed by TU/e professor Maaike Kroon, that task has been completely revised (and patented) to make it all easy.