Oct 10 2017
In Georgia, negotiations with the Department of Energy (DOE) were completed and Phase 1 of the “Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts with AVAP (ABBA)” project has begun. The ABBA project will co-produce full replacement renewable jet fuel, gasoline, diesel and Bioplus® nanocellulose from woody biomass in an integrated biorefinery at AVAPCO’s site in Thomaston, Georgia. The project has received a $3.7 million award from the Department of Energy.
Negotiations with the Department of Energy (DOE) were completed and Phase 1 of the “Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts with AVAP (ABBA)” project has begun. The ABBA project will co-produce full replacement renewable jet fuel, gasoline, diesel and Bioplus® nanocellulose from woody biomass in an integrated biorefinery at AVAPCO’s site in Thomaston, Georgia.
The $3.7 million Phase 1 DOE award was made under the program “Project Definition for Pilot- and Demonstration-Scale Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biopower”. Upon successful completion of Phase 1, the project is also eligible for a subsequent Phase 2 award of up to $45 million from the DOE for construction and operation of the project.
AVAPCO’s AVAP technology has been demonstrated at the Thomaston Biorefinery since 2012 for co-production of biomass-derived lignocellulosic sugars, cellulosic ethanol, cellulosic butanol, nanocellulose, and lignin.
Petron will provide its innovative and proven Ethanol to Ethylene (ETE) conversion technology to demonstrate the conversion of cellulosic ethanol to ethylene.
The Byogy “Alcohol To Jet” (ATJ) processing facility, which has been successfully proven under extensive full replacement fuel testing with the US Air Force and the FAA CLEEN program, has also been relocated to the Thomaston site as part of the project to convert the bio-ethylene to full replacement biofuels.
Collaborators also include Dr. Yulin Deng, International Academy of Wood Science Fellow, at the Renewable Bioproducts Institute at Georgia Tech and Dr. Art Ragauskas, Governor’s Chair in Biorefining, at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, who will focus on developing high strength fibers from nanocellulose for textiles and automotive composite applications. This segment of the project is co-funded by P3Nano, a Public-Private Partnership to Advance Commercialization of Cellulosic Nanomaterials established by the USFS Forest Products Laboratory and the US Endowment for Forestry & Communities.
“ABBA will not only help advance the ATJ ASTM specification, but will demonstrate that integrating the full supply chain of technologies enables the production of drop in renewable fuels and high value co-products in a wood based biorefinery which is profitable even at today’s cost of crude oil,” states Kevin Weiss, CEO of Byogy Renewables.
Theodora Retsina, CEO of AVAPCO comments,
“Project ABBA is aligned with DOE’s goal to spur the creation of the domestic bio-industry by transforming our renewable biomass resources into commercially viable, liquid infrastructure compatible biofuels and bioproducts that replace the whole barrel and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. ”
About the Partners
AVAPCO LLC and its affiliates including American Process Inc., headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, are biorefinery technology companies focused on developing, demonstrating and scaling-up technologies for the production of biomass derived renewable materials, fuels and chemicals. The companies operate two demonstration biorefineries within the US- the Alpena Biorefinery in Alpena, MI and the Thomaston Biorefinery in Thomaston, GA.
Byogy Renewables Inc., is a biofuel technology provider headquartered in San Jose, California that, through an advanced ATJ platform, catalytically produces premium quality renewable jet fuel, renewable diesel, bio-naptha and bio-gasoline from any form of ethanol or butanol. Byogy’s fuels are direct, full replacement, renewable substitutes, not blending components, for petroleum-based fuels that offer increased fuel efficiencies, reduced engine maintenance, and a significantly greater reduction of greenhouse gases than most biofuels.
Petron Scientech Inc., headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey, is a Technology development, Design & Engineering and Consulting company licensing technology for the conversion of renewable ethanol to bioEthylene and further conversion of Ethylene to various derivatives including bioEthylene Oxide, bioGlycols, and other chemicals used in a wide range of day-to-day renewable plastics. A majority of the world’s current standalone Ethanol-to-Ethylene (ETE) plants run on Petron processes and Catalysts.