Consumers increasingly value products, packaging and fuels produced from sustainable resources.
Sustainable technology company Anellotech wants to help meet this demand by commercializing technology for the production of cost-competitive renewable chemicals and fuels.
Anellotech’s patented Bio-TCat™ process produces 100% bio-based BTX (i.e. benzene, toluene and xylene) ‘drop-in’ aromatic chemicals, offering a solution to the lack of efficient, scalable processes for producing BTX from renewable, non-food biomass.
In addition to BTX, Bio-TCat technology produces a heavier aromatics product, which can be used as bio-marine fuel, or can be upgraded to make diesel or jet fuel blendstocks.
Anellotech was founded in 2008 and has raised US$80 million in cash and in-kind contributions to date.
These considerable investments come from our highly-motivated strategic partners, who are working alongside us to develop and commercialize Bio-TCat, our efficient, eco-friendly thermal catalytic process which helps chemical producers and brand owners economically meet environmental sustainability goals.
A recent Lifecycle Analysis (LCA) review of Anellotech’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), by Jacobs Engineering Group showed that renewably-sourced Bio-TCat products produce significantly lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared to identical petro-based chemicals.
Anellotech’s bio-aromatics are currently produced using loblolly pine feedstock from the southern United States at Anellotech’s T-Cat8® pilot plant in Silsbee, Texas.
Commercially-viable process yields and catalyst performance have been demonstrated and TCat-8 has shown stable, consistent and safe process operations in multi-month studies.
As a result, Anellotech has begun planning for scale-up design and engineering of a commercial plant.
Anellotech’s world-class R&D team is jointly developing the Bio-TCat process through long-term partnerships with leaders in process development, catalysis, engineering design, and licensing. Anellotech’s alliance network includes:
- Johnson Matthey, a global specialty chemicals company which is co-developing and providing catalysts for the development program and will manufacture catalysts for commercial use.
- IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN), the French public research entity, is collaborating with Anellotech throughout the process development program.
- Axens, an international provider of licensed advanced technologies, is our partner for commercialization, global licensing, basic engineering design, start-up and technical support for licensees.
- Suntory, one of the world’s leading consumer beverage companies, has partnered with Anellotech to advance the development and commercialization of cost-competitive bio-aromatics, including bio-paraxylene, the key component needed to make a 100 percent bio-based PET beverage bottles.
- Toyota Tsusho Corporation, is the Toyota Group’s general trading company that develops diversified businesses. Toyota Tsusho announced publicly its investment in Anellotech in July 2016.
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