Downstream process technology – Research lab

Tone Aspevik in the research lab at Nofima separating hydrolysate. Photo: Øyvind Ganesh Eknes

The laboratory includes lab-scale equipment for optimization of process conditions, quantification of yields and mass balances, and preparation of product samples (TRL 3-4).

Available unit operations:

  • Wet grinder
  • Stirred tank reactors with T and pH control (0.25-5 L working volume)
  • Stirred tank reactors with T-control and vacuum possibilities (1-5 L working volume)
  • Microwave oven
  • High pressure press for mechanical dewatering
  • Centrifuge (up to 4 x 1.5 L capacity)
  • Vacuum film evaporator (5-20 L flasks)
  • Filter press
  • Cross-flow membrane filtration (micro, ultra, nano)
  • Dead-end membrane filtration (micro, ultra)
  • Fluid bed and tray dryer
  • Vacuum dryer
  • Rotomill