Thursday March 14, 2013 0 commentsLAKEWOOD - ZeaChem Inc., a developer of highly-efficient biorefineries, announced it has produced commercial-grade cellulosic chemicals and ethanol at its 250,000-gallons-per-year biorefinery in Boardman, Ore.
Among the first operational cellulosic biorefineries in the world, the demonstration facility showcases the scalability of ZeaChem's biorefining process and serves as a key stepping-stone toward larger-scale commercial production, ZeaChem said.
"ZeaChem is developing the first truly integrated biorefineries for the production of a broad portfolio of economical and sustainable biofuels and bio-based products," said Jim Imbler, ZeaChem president and CEO.
"The demonstration plat is fully-integrated and operating as we ramp up to full capacity. The start of cellulosic production is a significant milestone for ZeaChem as we demonstrate our highly-efficient biorefining technology, develop the first commercial biorefinery project and expand global development opportunities."
Similar to a petrochemical refinery that makes multiple fuels and chemicals, the Boardman plant is employing its C2 (two-carbon atom) platform to produce cellulose-based ethanol and intermediate chemicals such as acetic acid and ethyl acetate.
The company said the commercial market potential for C2 products is $485 billion. With simple adjustments, ZeaChem's platform technology can also create C3 chemicals like propionic acid and propylene.
The company said the combined market for C2 and C3 products can address a demand of more than $1 trillion.
ZeaChem said it has formed partnerships that include GreenWood Resources, Chrysler and Valero.
"Ethanol that is produced from non-food sources at an efficiency rate that ultimately makes it competitive with oil makes business sense," said Jim Gillingham, senior vice president of alternative fuels at Valero.
For more information, visit www.zeachem.com.