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Make Haste Slowly: The Story of Anellotech’s Journey towards a Bio-BTX Breakthrough

Submitted by on January 5, 2018 – 9:46 amNo Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In it, we are reminded that innovation is a never-ending war between two brothers named Urgency and Diligence — and the conflict comes roaring back to life when we consider the news that occasionally seeps out of that mysterious Middle Earth country, best known in the bioeconomy as Anellotech.  The world is a fan of Urgency, but the company and its strategic backers are followers of Diligence, and it’s been an Augustine slow burn in Pearl River, New York — but one which is getting, as Rome once did, pretty interesting as a long-term value proposition.

This week from Anellotech, which sends out messages about its progress about as frequently as Roman Catholic cardinals send out white smoke from a Sistine Chapel conclave, we have the news of the completion of the commissioning of its 25 meter tall TCat-8 pilot plant, and the commencement of the critical development and testing program. An integrated team of Anellotech and IFPEN research engineers and technicians will optimize process variables and generate data for process development and scale-up. Commercial Bio-TCat plant design and process licensing will be carried-out by Axens.

This is a remarkable technology all right — a catalytic pyrolysis process in which you shove loblolly pine in at one end, and at the other end appears the useful and fundamental BTX molecules which, among other things, provide a necessary component for renewable clear plastic bottles made from PET.

The investors surrounding Anellotech are all strategics — companies that are vitally interested in the products that the process will produce, or the opportunities to make and sell catalysts or process technology once Anellotech has reached commercial-scale. They’ve been notable primarily for a level of anonymity that the principals of the Manhattan Project would have admired.

Anellotech and its development partners IFPEN and Johnson Matthey will also develop next generation catalysts, evaluate loblolly pine and other sustainable bio-feedstocks, and confirm Bio-TCat’s process economics at commercial scale. READ MORE

Anellotech Announces Commencement of Key R&D Program at TCat-8® (Anellotech)

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