VANCOUVER, March 11 /CNW/ - Lignol Energy Corporation (TSX-V: LEC) ("Lignol" or "the Company"), a leading technology company in the cellulosic ethanol and biorefining sector, and Kingspan Group PLC ("KINGSPAN"), a global supplier of construction products, today announced a Joint Development Agreement (the "Agreement") for the development of commercial applications incorporating Lignol's unique class of High-Purity Lignin and lignin derivatives ("HP-L(TM) lignin") into various products.
The Agreement establishes a program to incorporate Lignol's renewable HP-L(TM) lignin into KINGSPAN's products. The Agreement includes a detailed development program that the parties will work on exclusively, utilizing Lignol's HP-L(TM) lignin as a replacement for some of the raw materials presently used in KINGSPAN's products.
"The development of products containing materials that have environmental benefits is a major objective of KINGSPAN's corporate sustainability program," said Peter Wilson, a Group Director of KINGSPAN. "We are interested in exploring potential applications for renewable sustainable materials such as Lignol's HP-L(TM) lignin within our business for several key reasons, including reducing the business' carbon footprint."
"We are delighted to be working with KINGSPAN, a company that has extensive research and development capabilities, global manufacturing and operations, and a commitment to providing its customers with products that reduce environmental impact," said Ross MacLachlan, President and CEO of Lignol. "Our world class lignin research group looks forward to working with KINGSPAN in developing application-specific HP-LTM lignin and lignin derivatives to enhance KINGSPAN's products. This Agreement demonstrates our continued progress in the development of potentially large-scale commercial applications for our high purity lignins."
In converting non-food cellulosic biomass feedstocks, such as agricultural residues and forestry waste, into ethanol, the Lignol biorefining process fractionates the biomass and extracts lignin, which naturally occurs in all cellulosic biomass, to produce a range of unique HP-LTM lignin materials. These compounds have been shown to have application in a wide range of industrial products, with a consequent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
About KINGSPAN Industries
KINGSPAN Group PLC is one of Europe's fastest growing building materials manufacturers. Kingspan Group was formed in the late 1960's and is a publicly quoted group of companies with its headquarters in Kingscourt, County Cavan, Ireland. Kingspan Group has manufacturing, distribution and commercial operations throughout Europe, North America, Australasia and other locations across the globe. www.kingspan.com
Lignol (TSX-V: LEC) is a Canadian company undertaking the development of biorefining technologies for the production of fuel-grade ethanol and other biochemical co-products from non-food cellulosic biomass feedstocks. Lignol's modified solvent based pre-treatment technology facilitates the rapid, high-yield conversion of cellulose to ethanol and the production of value-added biochemical co-products, including high purity HP-L(TM) lignins. HP-L(TM) lignin represents a new class of high purity lignin extractives (and their subsequent derivatives) which can be engineered to meet the chemical properties and functional requirements of a range of industrial applications that until now has not been possible with traditional lignin by-products generated from other processes. Lignol is executing on its development plan through strategic partnerships to further develop and integrate its core technologies on a commercial scale. Lignol also intends to invest in, or otherwise obtain, equity interests in energy related projects which have synergies with its biorefining technology. For more information about Lignol, please visit our website at www.lignol.ca.
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