About PureHemp Technology LLC
Hemp Refining PlatformPureHemp has secured global technology licensing rights to convert industrial hemp into hemp-based products. PureVision Technology, Inc. (“PureVision”) based in Ft. Lupton, Colorado, has developed and patented biorefining technologies to rapidly convert non-food biomass such as corn stover, wheat straw, grasses, wood and hemp into biobased products. PureHemp has demonstrated the unique capabilities of its refining technology that deconstructs hemp into its fundamental components that then become intermediate materials including:
- Pulp, which is one of the products exiting the continuous countercurrent reactor (CCR), is made primarily from the cellulose fraction of the hemp stalks. The cellulose fraction makes up about 40% of hemp stalks. Pulp is used for making a wide variety of products including paper products, alpha cellulose, dissolving pulps, composites and building products. PureHemp is currently producing hemp pulp for paper, packaging products and producing 100%-derived hemp glucose sugar.
- Lignin, which makes up about 20% of hemp stalks, is the “glue” that protects the cellulose and hemicellulose fibers. PureHemp is able to fractionate lignin from hemp stalks, which can then be used as a raw material to make many products, including chemicals and plastics.
- Sugars from the cellulose and hemicellulose fractions of hemp, primarily xylose and glucose, can be used to produce products including sweeteners, beverages, chemicals and plastics.
- Oils can be produced from two sources from the hemp plant. At a PureHemp refinery, hemp seeds and flowers will be converted into hemp oils, including full spectrum cannabinoid oil, which includes cannabidiol or CBD, now being used by health and wellness practitioners. PureHemp is currently converting hemp flowers into cannabinoid-rich oil.
Working with FarmersPureHemp is and will continue to work with farmers and farming communities. With dwindling water supplies and continuing draught throughout much of the world, traditional irrigation practices are now changing in many areas. The versatile hemp plant offers an alternative to fertilizer- and pesticide-dependent crops with high water demands. Hemp refineries will pay farmers to cultivate hemp to sell to the PureHemp refinery.
Promoting Industrial HempPureHemp is on the ground floor of a new hemp refining industry. PureHemp plans to benefit from this new opportunity not only by becoming an important link in the emerging value chain from farmer to consumers, but also by licensing technology packages to project developers and entrepreneurs.
Building PureHemp BiorefineriesPureHemp's mandate is to work with partners interested in developing refineries that convert hemp into intermediate and final products. PureHemp is planning to develop its first commercial hemp refinery in Colorado. Once proven out, plans are in place to develop hemp refineries throughout the world.
PureHemp ManagementPureVision’s seasoned technical staff has been wholly responsible for advancing its biomass refining technology. President and CEO Ed Lehrburger is the longest standing CEO within the cellulosic biorefining industry. Ed’s focus is to commercialize the CCR technology and provide leadership and direction for the business and technical teams. Dr. Dhrubo Laskar, Chief Technology Officer, is a world renowned lignin/biomass scientist, with 15+ years of multi-disciplinary experience in design, development and optimization of biomass conversion processes for new chemical intermediates and bio-based products. Sara Chmelka, Director of Process Development, has managed most of the company’s technical programs during the past three years and specializes in process and economic modeling and process development. Nate Rotvold, Operations Manager, is the primary operator of the CCR and other biomass processing equipment. Leslie Joy, with over 30 years of experience, is Manager of Laboratory Operations. Paul Ludwig, Lead Mechanical Engineer, has 40 years of experience in design, R&D, scale-up, fabrication and production.
The business managers include Carl Lehrburger, the company’s Chief Operations Officer, who brings 40 years of experience and expertise in renewables and has been involved in advancing business and technical operations for PureHemp. Sue Hintze, Director of Human Resources and Administration, has been managing the company’s financial records, administration and human resources for over 13 years. Jeffrey Cole, with over 25 years in sales, marketing and communications is the company’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Rui Ferreira, Director of Product Development, is a seasoned engineer with over 30 years of experience leading product development teams and bringing new bio-based products to market. Jason Freeman, Board Advisor, is a well-recognized international expert in assembling organic farmers and bringing their organic products to U.S. markets.
Assisting the PureHemp management team are a number of skilled staff, consultants and strategic partners along with three advisory boards. The PureHemp Business and Technical Advisory Boards were established in early 2015, followed by the Wellness Advisory Board with an emphasis on advancing cannabinoid-related initiatives.