Making crude oil from paper pulp? Vertoro creates this ‘green gold’


Vertoro is Spanish for "Green Gold". The founders clearly had their end product in mind when they started thinking of a brand name.

Vertoro, a spin-off from The Chemelot Institute for Science & Technology (InSciTe), valorises the technology of turning lignin, a residual stream produced by paper pulp and cellulosic ethanol plants, into so-called crude lignin oil (CLO).

And this CLO is analogous to fossil crude oil, in the sense that it is not an end-product, but an intermediate for the production of fuels and chemicals. Vertoro, together with Prof. Emiel Hensen from Eindhoven University of Technology, received a Take-off grant of 40.000 € awarded by the NWO Domain Applied and Engineering Sciences.


Source: Innovation Origins