Anellotech begins construction for renewable chemical testing and development facility in Texas, US


TCat-8

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.

"As part of its collaboration with Anellotech, Ifpen will play a vital role in the commissioning and operation of the unit"

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.