Biomca Química, a Canarian company founded almost a decade ago by Javier Marrero and Miguel Valcárcel, has become a benchmark for the production of sodium hypochlorite in the Canary Islands. Sodium hypochlorite is a disinfectant that is used for a wide variety of applications, including making water potable. The founders realized that there was a need for a local factory to produce this compound, as it was being imported, and set out to establish the first factory of its kind in the Canary Islands.
Their business model, which focuses on bringing the product closer to the end customer rather than relying on transportation, has been a great success. The company currently has a production capacity of 22,000 tons per year, but this does not meet the needs of the Canary Islands market, which reaches 28,000 tons and is expected to increase to 32,000. As a result, Biomca Química plans to replicate its model with a new factory in Las Palmas, which is scheduled to open in June 2023.
A cutting-edge plant for sodium hypochlorite production
Welysis collaborated closely with Biomca Química to understand their needs, goals, and challenges and delivered a tailored solution that met all their requirements and exceeded their expectations. The result is a cutting-edge plant that produces not only high-quality sodium hypochlorite but also incorporates innovative features that enhance its environmental performance, such as the use of renewable energy sources and the recovery of waste and byproducts.
Welysis is now expanding its reach into several African countries as Senegal, Libya, Mauritania, Ivory Coast and others. This demonstrates the scalability and adaptability of the Welysis-designed plant, which can be replicated in different locations and contexts while maintaining its efficiency and sustainability standards.
A sustainable and energy-efficient electrolysis plant
The new factory will focus on efficiency and circularity, with a photovoltaic installation and a wind turbine. The company plans to reduce electricity consumption by 45%, making them a highly efficient and circular industry. The plans also include the adaptation of the same model in their original factory in Tenerife, which could result in a 25% reduction in energy consumption by the end of the year.
Overall, the collaboration between Welysis and Biomca Química is a testament to the power of innovation and collaboration in driving economic growth, social development, and environmental stewardship. Both companies have demonstrated their commitment to excellence and their ability to overcome challenges and seize opportunities, creating value for their customers, employees, and society as a whole.
See the press release here (in Spanish)