Bio-Based Chemicals New Development Center for Bio-Based Chemicals in Texas

Editor: Dominik Stephan

Anellotech builds a new fully-integrated development and testing facility for renewable chemicals based on non-food biomass in Silsbee, Texas. The new site shall further develop Anellotech’s Bio-Tcat conversion technology.

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David Sudolsky, CEO of Anellotech and Simon Upfill-Brown, CEO of Trecora Resources, break ground on TCat-8 in Silsbee, Texas.
David Sudolsky, CEO of Anellotech and Simon Upfill-Brown, CEO of Trecora Resources, break ground on TCat-8 in Silsbee, Texas.
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Pearl River, New York/USA – As an integral component in the bio-based value chain, Anellotech’s proprietary thermal catalytic biomass conversion technology Bio-TCat produces “drop-in” green aromatic chemicals (benzene, toluene and xylenes, “BTX”) from non-food biomass. Scheduled to be fully installed and operational during 2016, the new Tcat-8 facility at Silsbee shall confirm the viability and suitability of the Bio-Tcat process for scale-up, and generate the data needed to design commercial plants using Bio-Tcat technology. The TCat-8 unit was jointly designed by Anellotech and its R&D partner Ifpen, and will use a novel catalyst under joint development by Anellotech and Johnson Matthey.

“We are very pleased to break ground on Tcat-8 installation and continue our momentum as we work with our partners towards scale-up and commercialization of the Bio-Tcat process,” said David Sudolsky, President and CEO of Anellotech. “We are well-positioned to continue our program to commercialize the Bio-Tcat process to cost-competitively produce renewable chemicals from non-food biomass.”

As part of a multi-year R&D collaboration with Anellotech, Ifpen will be integral in the commissioning and operation of Tcat-8, leading to commercialization and exclusive licensing of Bio-Tcat technology by Axens, Anellotech’s partner for industrialization, commercialization, global licensing and technical support. In addition to extensive activities at its R&D center in Lyon, France, Ifpen will dedicate three, full-time senior engineers and technical experts at SHR’s site in Silsbee for two years to support the efforts, beginning in 2016.

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