Our story

Based in Middlesbrough, Nova Pangaea is an inspiring story of British scientific and engineering innovation.

From lab concept to commercial reality

Since starting out as a lab-scale concept, envisioned by its two founders in 2008, the company has grown significantly; 2019 saw the concept successfully upscaled and commissioned in its commercial form, lining up an exciting 2020 and beyond for Nova Pangaea Technologies.

2008

Nova Pangaea Technologies is founded by John Nicholas and Peter North, upon their development of a unique, physicochemical lignocellulosic fractionation process at lab scale.

2009

Initial process description, piping & instrumentations drawings, equipment list and plant layouts are generated; funding avenues are explored

2013

Nova Pangaea Technologies’ process is now formally known by its newly trademarked name “Refnova”; company’s management board is formed

2013

Latvian State Institute of Wood Chemistry (LSIWC) partnership formed; research programme surrounding C6 sugar liberation from biomass is set in motion

2014

Experimental work at both lab and pilot scale continues in Latvia and Ireland, respectively; process conditions are refined

2015

Nova Pangaea Technologies is named 1 of 3 successful winners of the Department for Transport’s ‘Advanced Biofuels Demonstration Competition’ (ABDC); subsequently awarded a grant of £5m

2015

BioGasol ApS partnership formed; research trials into hemicellulose hydrolysis commence via the company’s Carbofrac pilot facility

2016

Nova Pangaea Technologies selects Wilton International, Teesside, as the home of its pilot and commercial scale facilities

2016

Installation of BioGasol’s CF10 pilot plant is completed in Q4 at NPT’s Teesside Facility. Meanwhile, installation of NPT’s pilot scale thermolysis reactor in Riga is also completed

2016

Commissioning of the pilot scale thermolysis reactor at LSIWC’s facilities in Riga is successfully completed; trial campaigns commence

2017

Carbofrac ‘CF10’ pilot plant is successfully commissioned in Q1; production campaigns commence

2017

Installation of Refnova’s first two phases, consisting of the Carbofrac 100 ‘CF100’ alongside washing, drying and pneumatic conveying units, is complete

2018

Phases 1 and 2 are successfully commissioned in Q1; phase 3 installation now underway

2018

Nova Pangaea Technologies is awarded Innovate UK’s Newton Fund as part of a collaborative group, consisting of both industrial and academic partners. The 3 year project, will aim to integrate Carbofrac technology into sugar mills throughout India; valorising their substantial bagasse waste streams

2019

Installation of Refnova’s third and final phase, consisting of the thermolysis reactor, superheater and condenser, is complete

2019

Phase 3 is successfully commissioned in Q4 of 2019; optimisation and commercialisation to commence in the new year