A.I.M. Interview: Incitor’s Jacob Berman and Troy Lapsys
by David Schwartz (Algae Industry Magazine) There is a new process that algae producers can use in the conversion stage to help increase their capacity and add to the bottom line, says Incitor’s VP of Business Development Jacob Berman. “Our process will add more products for them to sell – products that now they are not even considering they can generate.”
Just peeking out from the shroud of R&D secrecy, Incitor is an Albuquerque, NM bio-based chemical and fuel company that takes any kind of biomass and converts it into energy-dense fuels, fuel additives and commodity and specialty chemicals.
They specialize in generating a family of fuels they call Alestron, a high-performance biofuel made from the non-lipid portion of the biomass. While any biomass will basically feed their technology, they prefer algae biomass.
Says Berman, “There is a preference for algae because algae does not contain lignin, and has a high percentage of C-6 sugars. We can burn lignin for energy to power a facility, but algae will give us more products, rather than just something to burn.”
Troy Lapsys, President of Incitor, explains that there are two possible integration points for their process in a traditional algae operation, assuming the traditional algae operation is focused primarily on lipid generation for specialty products, nutraceuticals or fuels. “The first point of entry,” says Lapsys, “is if the algae company has already put an extraction mechanism into play. Then the logical point of entry for us is on the backend where we take all of the biomass that is non-lipid, and that can be placed through our system. The sugar content of that cell wall remainder and the other materials from the inside get converted in our process.
“The other entry point into the system is that Incitor’s process can serve as an extraction mechanism for the lipids, while generating the other components. Our process does not affect the lipids,” he says.
… Incitor is currently talking to chemical companies that have expressed interest in testing Alestron and the levulinates, lactones and other potential commodity chemicals emergent from the process, as well as pursuing an interesting vertical niche: the race car market. READ MORE