With Circlia Nordic, director Ib Johannsen has a clear ambition to make a difference to the environment, energy, and CO2 emissions.
Circlia Nordic’s director, Ib Johannsen:
“I want to create a business that makes a big difference. The technique is here, and it can be used all over the world. There is a huge potential in it, and at the same time it solves so many of the environmental challenges we face. Circlia Nordic will be Denmark’s new “wind turbine adventure.”
Circlia Nordic uses waste biomass – for example sewage sludge, food waste and side streams from agriculture to make crude oil. The biomass with water is pumped into a plant under high pressure. It is heated up to 350 degrees in process, which converts the biomass into crude oil. The oil can be refined for, for example, aviation fuel and diesel or burned off immediately for electricity or district heating.
The company has made a design of a modular plant, and the goal is to make it widespread throughout the world. If there are only 50,000 plants worldwide, Circlia Nordic can supply 100 million tons of crude oil per year. It will be crucial for the environment and reduce CO2 emissions by at least 200 million tons each year.
In comparison, approximately 250 million tons of crude oil are used each year to make materials such as clothing, just as approximately 300 million tons of crude oil are used for sailing ships and 300 million tons for aircraft.
Circlia Nordic ApS is a privately held company, which was established in 2014 under the name Bio2Oil ApS. It’s founder, Ib Johannsen, has solid experience in chemical engineering and management acquired throughout his career in industry and academia.
We are specialising in developing the hydrothermal liquefaction process, a known process which has not previously been profitable. Through our innovation, we have proven that the process can be profitable, and now we are working on refining the process. We aim to get 5 to 10 times more energy out as bio-crude than is utilized in the process.
We have acquired the central intellectual property rights to core aspects of the hydrothermal conversion process, especially related to minimizing pumping energy, increasing energy recovery and promoting a more well defined and efficient conversion process. Our intellectual property rights are complemented by a range of new inventions for further improvement of the process with aim of reducing capital expenditure and operating expenses.
We have a large international network and is presently involved in several national and international research grant applications and other projects such as:
CEO and Founder
Chemical Engineer – Laboratory assistant
Director of Chemical Engineering Development
Economic & Administration
Chemical Engineer & Sales
Marketing & administration