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Hatch and Steeper Energy enter strategic relationship

Hatch and Steeper Energy enter strategic relationship
During the Hydrofaction conversion process, the properties of the biocrude are tunable by varying parameters such as temperature, and pressure and by introducing catalysts that are customized for Hydrofaction (photo courtesy Steeper).

Canadian-Danish advanced biofuel technology developer Steeper Energy Canada Ltd (Steeper Energy) has announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Hatch Ltd, a global engineering and management consultancy company to support the global deployment of Steeper's commercial "Hydrofaction" projects.

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As a response to the global requirement for renewable transportation fuels that are economically viable and fungible with existing petroleum infrastructure, Steeper Energy has proven and now is commercializing its proprietary hydrothermal liquefaction (Hydrofaction) technology.

According to the company, Hydrofaction facilitates the efficient conversion of sustainable sources of biomass such as forestry or agricultural resides to a low-oxygenated biocrude oil.

Steeper has also developed techniques, many proprietary, for the upgrading of its biocrude oil to finished fuels – either directly or via co-processing with fossil cuts such as VGO.

Hydrofaction makes possible the development of advanced biofuel projects to supply sustainable, lignocellulosic-derived, renewable fuels directed mainly at the heavy and long-haul transport sector.

Steeper aims to make Hydrofaction broadly available and the most commercially viable technology for producing renewable biofuels in tangible volumes.

The company aspires to be able to supply multiple projects with technology, expertise, and development support including engineering within the next few years.

Further, Steeper expects to continue to optimize Hydrofaction through its early implementation at its Tofte, Norway demonstration plant as well as initial commercial facilities across Canada, Europe, and the United States.

Strategic relationship to facilitate market deployment

Canada-headed Hatch Ltd is a global engineering and management consultancy company with more than 9 000 staff around the globe. Areas of focus include urban solutions and smart cities, sustainable business, and responsible energy.

Steeper and Hatch wish to build a strategic relationship that might result in accelerating market deployment and confidence in Hydrofaction.

Hatch wishes to gain expertise in the delivery of Hydrofaction to projects and more generally expand its reach in the proliferation of sustainable technologies.

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