Anellotech begins construction for renewable chemical testing and development facility in Texas, US
Anellotech has begun construction of its development and testing facility (TCat-8) in Silsbee, Texas, US, for cost-competitive renewable chemicals from non-food biomass.
The company began construction of a building and related facilities to house the unit on the site of its operating partner, South Hampton Resources (SHR), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Trecora Resources.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality granted the building permit to SHR on 20 January 2016.
TCat-8 is set to be fully installed and operational during 2016, and will confirm the viability and suitability of the thermal catalytic biomass conversion technology (Bio-TCat) process, which produces 'drop-in' green aromatic chemicals from non-food biomass.
By confirming the suitability, the unit will generate the required data to design commercial plants using Bio-TCat technology.
Anellotech president and CEO David Sudolsky said: "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 commercialisation of the Bio-TCat process.
"We are well-positioned to continue our programme to commercialise the Bio-TCat process to cost-competitively produce renewable chemicals from non-food biomass."
Anellotech and its R&D partner Ifpen together designed the 25m-tall unit, which will use a catalyst under joint-development by Anellotech and Johnson Matthey.
As part of its collaboration with Anellotech, Ifpen will play a vital role in the commissioning and operation of the unit, leading to commercialisation and licensing of Bio-TCat technology by Anellotech's partner Axens.
Image: Anellotech CEO David Sudolsky and Trecora Resources CEO Simon Upfill-Brown break ground on TCat-8 in Silsbee, Texas. Photo: courtesy of Anellotech, Inc.