HCL CleanTech Ltd

HCL is developing a cost-effective technology that converts cellulosic biomass into sugars using concentrated hydrochloric acid.

Location: 
Oxford, NC
Type: 
VC-Funded Company
Category: 
Biofuels
Website: 
http://www.hclcleantech.com/

HCL CleanTech Ltd is commercializing innovative biomass hydrolysis and extraction technologies that dramatically improve the economics of accessing lignocellulosic sugars for conversion into biofuels and bioproducts.

The technology generates sugar yields of up to 98 percent of the theoretical sugars from any lignocellulosic material. High sugar concentrations are refined and have been successfully converted into a number of biofuels and bio-products.

HCL CleanTech has developed a process to de-acidify the lignin using a proprietary washing system which uses no water, recovers the hydrochloric acid at high concentrations, and produces unadulterated lignin as dry flakes with low chloride content. During the process the tall oils are separated and can be used for the production of bio-diesel and other products.

HCL CleanTech is venture funded by Burrill & Company, Khosla Ventures, and a group of investors led by Zohar Gilon-

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