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PureVision to scale up biorefining technology at ZeaChem site

PureVision Technology Inc., a Colorado-based biorefinery developer, recently announced that it will scale up its biorefining technology at an industrial site in Boardman, Oregon, owned by ZeaChem Inc. The public announcement was made March 28 during a presentation by PureVision CEO Ed Lehrburger at the Oregon Hemp Conference at the Portland Expo Center.

PureVision’s patented biorefining technology takes in raw biomass—like corn stalks, wheat straw and industrial hemp—and produces sugars, pulp, lignin and other value-added materials for making thousands of bioproducts. PureVision’s process has advanced from proof of concept, to bench-scale, to an operating 0.5-ton-per0day continuous pilot plant at the company’s Fort Lupton, Colorado, headquarters.

“After an 18-month search for a site to develop our commercial demonstration-scale biorefinery, PurVision is excited to team up with ZeaChem Inc. and colocate our advanced biorefining technology at their existing $70 million biorefinery in Boardman, Oregon,” said Lehrburger. “The significant infrastructure in place at the ZeaChem facility will reduce the costs and timing to develop our 25-ton-per-day biorefining project. The Boardman, Oregon, location will accelerate bringing our technology to market,” he said.

PureVision and ZeaChem are working to finalize arrangements and expect to break ground later this year on the PureVision building at the Boardman biorefining site.

“Working with ZeaChem at their plant in Oregon provides a pathway to demonstrate the PureVision technology and establish commercial operations globally,” Lehrburger said. “We expect to begin operations in Oregon during 2016 using different feedsocks, including hybrid poplar and industrial hemp,” he said.

PureVision Technology Inc., a Colorado-based biorefinery developer, recently announced that it will scale up its biorefining technology at an industrial site in Boardman, Oregon, owned by ZeaChem Inc.

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PureVision Technology, Inc. (“PureVision”) has developed and is commercializing a breakthrough technology that makes biorefining economical, faster, and more environmentally friendly. PureVision’s biorefining process converts biomass (renewable non-food plants like wheat straw, corn stalks and industrial hemp) into value-added products and commodities.

Since 1999, PureVision has developed and patented technologies using its Continuous Countercurrent Reactor (CCR) equipment (referred to as “the PureVision Technology”) to rapidly convert non-food biomass into three primary value-added products: 1) Pulp for producing a wide variety of paper, personal care, and building products; 2) Lignin to produce chemicals, adhesives, coatings, composites, and plastics; and 3) Sugars for producing nutritional supplements, sweeteners, beverages, chemicals, and plastics.

Purevision hemp PureVision Technology, Inc. (“PureVision”) has developed and is commercializing a breakthrough technology that makes biorefining economical, faster, and more environmentally