Hemp Refining Platform

PureHemp 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 the continuous countercurrent reactor (CCR) technology that rapidly converts non-food biomass such as corn stover, wheat straw, grasses, wood and hemp stalks into biobased products. PureHemp has demonstrated the unique capabilities of the CCR technology that deconstructs hemp into its fundamental components that then become intermediate materials including:

Pulp, which is one of the products exiting the CCR and is made primarily from the cellulose fraction (about 40%) of the hemp stalks. Pulp is used to produce a wide variety of products including paper products, sugars, 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 using its ½-ton per day pilot plant.

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 glucose and cellulose, can be used to produce sweeteners, beverages, chemicals and plastics.

Flowers, which are gently converted into cannabinoid-rich and full spectrum oils using PureHemp’s unique extraction process. These cannabidiol- or CBD-rich cannabinoids are now being enjoyed by a growing number of consumers, and commonly used by health and wellness practitioners.

PureVision’s seasoned technical staff has been wholly responsible for advancing its biomass refining technology.

Pure Hemp Management

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.

Carl Lehrburger,

Chief Operations Officer, 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.

Nate Rotvold,

Operations Manager, is the primary operator of the CCR and other biomass processing equipment.

Paul Ludwig,

Lead Mechanical Engineer, has 40 years of experience in design, R&D, scale-up, fabrication and production.

Assisting the PureHemp management team are a number of skilled employees, 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.

Working with Farmers

PureHemp will continue to work with farmers and farming communities. With dwindling water supplies and continuing drought 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 Hemp

PureHemp is on the ground floor of the renewed U.S. 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:

  • Partnering with other hemp-inspired technology and development companies
  • Providing thresher services and decortication equipment to the hemp community
  • Providing technology licensing packages to project developers and entrepreneurs
  • Actively participating and educating others in the hemp communities
  • Pushing the boundaries of what can be produced from the versatile hemp plant