UK-headed emulsion technology and alternative fuel developers Quadrise Fuels International plc (QFI) has announced that it has entered into a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) with the Dutch lignin biofuel technology specialists, Vertoro BV (Vertoro).
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Vertoro is the supplier of sustainable biomass-based biofuels extracted from abundant agricultural and forestry residues using its proprietary “Goldilocks” technology.
“GEM” is a crude lignin oil that’s a potential alternative to methanol and is being developed in conjunction with Maersk and “CSO” is an advanced crude sugar oil that’s a water-soluble by-product of the Goldilocks” process.
The total market for these lignin residues today is estimated to be around 200 billion tonnes per annum.
Under the JDA, QFI and Vertoro will collaborate in seeking to progress the use of Vertoro’s CSO as a potential cost-effective supplement or alternative to glycerine in Quadrise’s bioMSAR fuel.
Sugar has been Mother Nature’s fuel of choice for over 3 billion years. Today, we announce a unique pathway to use our crude sugar oil, produced from sustainable forestry and agricultural 2G biomass residues, as a drop-in for heavy fuel oil-based biofuels through this new partnership with Quadrise, said Michael Boot, Co-Founder and CEO of Vertoro.
Possible technology supply
The JDA may also present opportunities for QFI to supply its “MSAR” blending technology at Vertoro’s CSO plants or biorefineries under future agreements with Vertoro or Vertoro’s partners.
Quadrise has successfully produced stable blends of CSO-based bioMSAR emulsions at a laboratory scale at the Quadrise Research Facility, with diesel engine tests now being jointly planned during the next 12 months.
These tests will scale up and accelerate the potential supply of low-cost CSO bioMSAR for the marine sector. The parties have filed a joint patent for CSO-based bioMSAR.
Quadrise is delighted to have signed this JDA with Vertoro, having worked with their team for over a year. Lignin-based fuels are potentially the most price-competitive net-zero biofuel solutions and this joint collaboration fits well with our plans to commercialize bioMSAR with MSC Shipmanagement and others, as well as advance our program to supply net-zero bioMSAR by 2030. Vertoro’s CSO combined with Quadrise’s bioMSAR technology offers a compelling solution for the marine sector to accelerate decarbonization and emissions reduction efforts economically and safely, said Jason Miles, CEO of QFI.