Kior Inc.

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Telephone : (281) 694-8700
Fax : (281) 694-8799
Address : 13001 Bay Park Road , Pasadena , Texas , United States , TX 77507

KiOR has developed a proprietary technology platform to convert biomass into renewable crude oil through a thermal catalytic gasification that is processed into gasoline, diesel and fuel oil blendstocks. In November 2014 the company asked for bankruptcy, but not for the production unit in Mississippi. (info by Jan 15)
KiOR is a next-generation renewable fuels company that has developed a proprietary technology platform to convert biomass into renewable crude oil that is processed into gasoline, diesel and fuel oil blendstocks. The company built the first commercial scale cellulosic fuel facility in Columbus, MS, which started production in 2012. KiOR strives to help ease dependence on foreign oil, reduce lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions and create high-quality jobs and economic benefit across rural communities.

Key differentiating factors about KiOR include:

The company’s technology platform combines its proprietary catalyst systems with a process based on existing Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) technology, a standard process used for over 60 years in oil refining. The efficiency of KiOR’s process, called Biomass Fluid Catalytic Cracking (BFCC), and the proven nature of catalytic cracking technologies allow for significant cost advantages, including lower capital and operating costs, versus traditional biofuels producers.

KiOR processes its renewable crude oil in a conventional hydrotreater, which is a standard process unit used in oil refineries, into gasoline and diesel blendstocks that can be combined with existing fossil-based fuels and used in vehicles on the road today.

Below is a step-by-step overview of KiOR’s process.  Roll over the numbers to learn more about each step and click the play button to see an animation of the process.

Kior process

Kior process