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Alder Fuels selects Dutch fast pyrolysis for first AGC facility

Alder Fuels selects Dutch fast pyrolysis for first AGC facility
Fast pyrolysis bio-oil (FPBO), produced from biomass using proprietary fast pyrolysis technology developed in the Netherlands by BTG Bioliquids (photo courtesy BTG-BTL).

In the United States (US), cleantech developer Alder Fuels LLC has announced that it has selected the Netherlands-headed fast pyrolysis technology provider BTG Bioliquids B.V. to be part of the first Alder Greencrude (AGC) processing facility to be built in the US Southeast.

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Backed by Honeywell UOP, United Ventures, Avfuel, Boeing, the US Defense Logistics Agency, the US Department of Energy (DOE), and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Alder Fuels is pioneering first-of-its-kind technologies for producing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at scale.

Alder Fuel’s patented process uniquely upgrades fast pyrolysis oil (FPBO) into Alder Greencrude (AGC) that then can be converted into drop-in ready sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and chemicals using existing bio- and petroleum refinery infrastructure.

The initial step in the AGC fuel production process is the conversion of sustainable biomass residues into FPBO.

The initial stage of the AGC process is technology neutral, which allows us to pursue a range of providers to further our mission. BTG Bioliquids’ technology has been chosen for this phase for the pioneering site for Alder Greencrude production, which will be located in the US Southeast, said Bryan Sherbacow, President and CEO of Alder Fuels.

As one of the world’s leading fast pyrolysis technology providers, BTG Bioliquids develops production plants through their engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) partner, TechnipEnergies.

These plants aim to convert non-food, diverse, and sustainable biomass sources into FPBO that can help to displace reliance on fossil fuels.

Honeywell UOP, one of the world’s leading technology suppliers to the global refining industry, has strategically partnered with Alder Fuels to facilitate mechanical design and commercialization and to guarantee their proprietary process.

BTG Bioliquids and our existing strategic partnership with Honeywell UOP play an essential de-risking role, which enables rapid and global commercial scale. We look forward to providing more details on our first site selection in the coming months, said Bryan Sherbacow.

Developed in close partnership with NREL, AGC can achieve greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions of over 80 percent compared to fossil-based jet fuel, flexing to
carbon negative depending on the feedstock used.

Enviva has been contracted as the exclusive supplier of up to 750 000 tonnes per year of “sustainably sourced woody biomass” to AGC.

The Alder Fuels site is scheduled to start full-scale commercial production in 2024 and fast pyrolysis bio-oil conversion testing of Alder’s feedstock has been completed at both BTG pilot and demonstration scale plants in the Netherlands.

BTG Bioliquids is proud that Alder Fuels has chosen our proprietary technology enabling them to become the leading supplier of SAF in the world. We are confident that our fast pyrolysis technology will support Alder Fuels in achieving its ambitious business goals and are looking forward to a fruitful collaboration, commented Gerhard Muggen, Managing Director of BTG Bioliquids.

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