Partnership to demonstrate technologies in the ABBA integrated biorefinery project
US firms AVAPCO, LLC, Atlanta, GA, BYOGY Renewables, Inc. San Jose, CA, and Petron Scientech, Princeton, NJ, have announced a project through which they will co-produce jet fuel and nanocellulose. With a $3.7-million award from the Department of Energy (DOE) for Phase 1 of the Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts with AVAP (ABBA) project, the partners 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, GA. It also has one in Alpena, MI.
The project aims to demonstrate that co-production of high-volume commodity fuels and low-volume, high-value coproducts enables profitable biorefineries at commercial scale. ABBA integrates the biorefinery value chain by converting wood to cellulose and cellulosic sugars which are then converted to cellulosic biojet and nanocellulose. Patented technologies and intellectual property will be provided by the three companies.
Technology collaborators also include the Renewable Bioproducts Institute at Georgia Tech and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, who will focus on developing high strength fibers from nanocellulose for textiles and automotive composite applications.
Upon successful completion of Phase 1, the project is also eligible for a Phase 2 award of up to $45 million from the DOE for construction and operation of the project.
AVAPCO LLC and its affiliates, including American Process, Inc., have been demonstrating the AVAP technology 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 ethanol-to- ethylene (ETE) 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 moved to Thomaston as part of the project to convert the bio-ethylene to full replacement biofuels.
American Process Inc., www.americanprocess.com