AliphaJet joins ABFA, begins biojet commercial scale-up program
AliphaJet Inc. announced that the company has joined the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA). Having successfully demonstrated its cost-effective catalytic process for making jet fuel, diesel and high-octane gasoline from renewable plant oils or animal fats, AliphaJet is beginning its commercial scale-up program.
“The ABFA is the premier industry advocacy organization for companies ready to commercialize the next generation of advanced biofuels,” said Jack Oswald, CEO of AliphaJet. “As we begin the commercial scale-up phase we chose to join the most effective organization representing our industry's interests and working to make sure we have a sound national energy policy that includes advanced biofuels.”
The company has launched a program to build a demonstration-scale facility with annual capacity of 500,000 gallons per year to be completed and operational during the next 12 months. The demonstration facility will produce renewable jet fuel, diesel or high octane gasoline from renewable oil feedstocks. Following this phase, AliphaJet will begin construction of a full commercial-scale production facility.
AliphaJet is now raising $4 million to $5 million to build and operate its demonstration plant.
AliphaJet's trademarked BoxCar catalytic deoxygenation process (decarboxylation) converts renewable oils and fats into drop-in advanced biofuels by removing oxygen to create true hydrocarbon fuels. AliphaJet offers a low-cost, simple approach to converting oils and fats into drop-in fuels by not requiring large amounts of hydrogen. The company’s diesel and jet fuel have met ASTM specifications. AliphaJet can use vegetable oil or animal fat such as soy, palm, waste cooking oil and beef tallow; nonfood oil crops such as camelina (GenEx, BioJet International), jatropha (SG Biofuels), pongamia (Terviva), pennycress (Arvens), algae (Sapphire, Solazyme, General Atomics); and genetically modified organisms such as those produced by Amyris, LS9 and Genomatica. AliphaJet's small-scale facilities can be located where renewable oils and fats are produced, avoiding co-location with oil refineries and reducing transportation costs.
AliphaJet is a collaborative venture between SynGest Inc. and Unitel Technologies Inc. The development of the AliphaJet process was led by Ravi Randhava in collaboration with Paul Ratnasamy at the University of Louisville.