Submitted by: LuAn Boshi Chemicals
Implemented country: China
Title: Transforming straw into renewable energy
Sodium silicates production through the combusting of rice and/or wheat straws mixed with compounds containing sodium turns straws into an easily usable form of renewable energy and raw material. Annually, this method can generate a hundred million tons of silicates and save a thousand million tons of coal-equivalent energy that would otherwise be used for sodium silicate production using conventional methods. With sophisticated facilities, both silicates and sulphuric oxides can be produced; the latter is a hydrolyst for hydrolysis of cellulose into glucose. By this process, cellulose from the abundant biomass can then be converted to “food” economically.