“It is great to secure our first licensee in the US to deploy our technology using cellulosic ethanol from locally-grown biomass and cellulosic waste material.”
US technology company Alliance BioEnergy Plus has inked a technology license agreement with California-based Vertimass to produce renewable jet fuel and biochemicals.
According to Alliance, Vertimass’ technology allows for the sustainable production of renewable jet fuel and chemicals derived from ethanol. These chemicals will be benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes (BTEX).
BTEX is a widely used building block to make a variety of consumer products ranging from pharmaceuticals to paints and plastics.
According to Vertimass, its ethanol-to-jet fuel and BTEX technology offers cellulosic ethanol producers, like Alliance, the flexibility to diversify their products and market renewable fuels and chemicals that have low-carbon footprints.
“It is great to secure our first licensee in the US to deploy our technology using cellulosic ethanol from locally-grown biomass and cellulosic waste material,” said Dr. John Hannon, Chief Operating Officer of Vertimass.
“Combining the CTS technology to produce cellulosic ethanol with our technology to transform the ethanol into jet fuels and chemicals will have significant impacts in moving forward towards carbon reduction.”
Vertimass President and CEO Dr. Charles Wyman said: “The simplicity of Vertimass’ technology results in low capital and operating costs and the ability to rapidly implement this bolt-on.
“In addition, its potential to eliminate rectification and dehydration operations for fuel ethanol purification from fermentation broths can result in a hydrocarbon fuel unit energy cost that is about the same as for fuel-grade ethanol.”
Alliance (@AllianceBioE) CEO Ben Slager said that the he saw the agreement as “significant step forward for both companies and an extension of the range of products and markets for both our companies.”