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Cost Competitive Bio-Sourced Chemicals from Clean, Non-Food Biomass

Consumers are demanding products, packaging and fuels produced from sustainable resources. Until now the chemical industry has never had a viable option of technology for producing 100% bio-based basic "drop-in" aromatic chemicals (i.e., benzene, toluene and xylenes (BTX)) due to the lack of efficient, cost-competitive and scalable processes that utilize renewable non-food biomass feedstocks. Anellotech’s new Bio-TCatTM Process will make that option a reality.


Anellotech is a sustainable technology company focused on producing cost-competitive renewable chemicals from non-food biomass – an unmet need for a very large addressable market

Anellotech is developing an efficient and eco-friendly thermal catalytic process for converting non-food biomass into aromatics. These bio-based products, chemically identical to petroleum-based aromatics, are used to make important plastics such as polyester (polyethylene terephthalate or “PET”), polystyrene, polycarbonate, nylon and polyurethane that ultimately are transformed into consumer goods such as beverage bottles, clothing, footwear, carpeting, automotive and electronic components, and more.

Anellotech's ultimate competitive advantage is its use of a one-reactor catalytic process. Also, by using renewable and readily available non-food materials, such as wood, corn stover and bagasse, the Bio-TCat process is less expensive compared to processes relying on sugar as a feedstock, and avoids competition with the food chain. As a result, these renewable-sourced chemicals are expected to be produced and sold profitably against identical, petroleum-derived BTX counterparts.

To accelerate development and drive cost-competitiveness, Anellotech’s world-class R&D team is jointly developing the Bio-TCat process through in-depth, highly interactive long-term partnerships with leaders in process development, catalysis, engineering design, and licensing. Anellotech’s strategic development, licensing and funding partners include:

  • Johnson Matthey, a global specialty chemicals company that offers products for a diverse range of industries and who is a major catalyst supplier to the Process Industries, will co-develop and provide catalysts for the development program and will manufacture catalysts for commercial use;

  • IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN), the French public research entity, will collaborate with Anellotech throughout the process development program. In addition to extensive activities at its R&D center in Lyon, France, IFPEN will dedicate three full-time senior engineers and technical experts to work at Anellotech’s U.S. location for two years, beginning in 2016. Anellotech’s highly collaborative program leverages IFPEN’s specific expertise in catalytic reactor modeling, catalyst regenerator design and aromatics processing to provide additional depth and breadth of experience to the Bio-TCat development program.

  • Axens, an international provider of licensed advanced technologies (45% of all refineries in the world have at least one Axens technology license), catalysts, adsorbents and services, with a global reputation for basic engineering design excellence, and technology licensing leadership in the production of aromatics, is our partner for commercialization, global licensing, basic engineering design, start-up and technical support for licensees.

  • Suntory, one of the world’s leading consumer beverage companies, has partnered with Anellotech to advance the development and commercialization of cost-competitive bio-aromatics, including bio-paraxylene, the key component needed to make a 100 percent bio-based PET beverage bottles. The partnership, an example of Suntory’s commitment to sustainable business practices, began in 2012 under a collaboration agreement that has provided more than $15 million in funding to date.

  • In addition to Suntory, other industry-leading strategic partners in the BTX supply chain, including a major multinational corporate investor announced in November 2015 have provided funding to Anellotech.
Anellotech’s new, fully-integrated development and testing facility (“TCat-8”) will be operational in 2016. This 25 meter-tall unit, jointly designed with IFPEN and using a catalyst jointly developed with Johnson Matthey, will confirm the viability and suitability of the Bio-TCat process for scale-up. It will generate the data needed to design commercial plants, planned for first commercial operations by the end of this decade. After verification of the continuous operation of TCat-8, Suntory plans to move ahead with studies to consider the development of the first commercial-scale Bio-TCat plant.

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