Research has shown that the HTL technology is one of the most energy-efficient solutions for handling wet biomass streams. Circlia Nordic’s proprietary technology is well-suited for multiple applications, such as wastewater treatment, plastics, manure, and many more.
We offer a unique implementation of our technology and our solution can be increased in capacity if needed. Our technology is ready to handle the decentral nature of biomass.
The formation of oil is a process that takes a significant amount of time, having commenced millions of years ago. 70% of the currently existing oil deposits were formed more than 60 million years ago.
In essence, our technology mirrors the natural processes that have unfolded on our planet over millions of years: converting sedimented biomass into crude oil. Still, a substantial difference lies in the fact that our process takes place in a few minutes rather than millennia.
We convert wet biomass under the same conditions as the ones required by the Earth. Organic matter, heat and a lot of pressure are needed to succeed. Our technology is based on Hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL), also referred to as hydrous pyrolysis. This is a thermochemical depolymerisation process, taking place in an enclosed reactor which converts wet biomass into bio-crude oil and chemicals at a moderate temperature (typically 300–350°C) and high pressure of 220 bar.
Currently, Circlia Nordic is collaborating with 3 companies and Aarhus University to test our technology in big-scale operation. You can read more about the project by clicking on the following button:
HTL operates using subcritical water at pressures of 10-25MPa and temperatures between 280-375°C acting as a solvent that facilitates the breakdown of the carbonaceous material into biocrude components. A range of organic compounds – and, the entire biomass – can be used with good conversion efficiency. Furthermore, HTL is well suited to a range of wet feedstocks, including biosolids, which are also known as waste-activated sludge.
The unfettered exploitation of fossil fuels together with the unimpeded population growth and industrialization constitute the main causes for the escalating world energy crisis and global warming.
The bio-crude produced in our plants can be used in traditional flows for crude oils and has the potential to be upgraded to jet fuel, maritime fuel, diesel and bunker oil. In this way our technology paves a new path for the transportation industry, a path towards full independency from the fossil fuels.
The rapid depletion of conventional fossil fuels due to them being extensively used in all industries raised concerns accross the entire world. These resources are limited and won’t be available to fulfill our needs for much longer. With our technology that produces alternative fuels through waste conversion we are offering a new, promising route towards tecnological development.