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Steeper Energy and Topsoe partner to provide complete Waste-to-Biofuel solution

Steeper Energy and Topsoe partner to provide complete Waste-to-Biofuel solution
Detail of Steeper Energy's proprietary Hydrofaction installation at the Silva Green Fuel demonstration facility in Tofte, Norway (photo courtesy Steeper).

Canadian-Danish advanced biofuel technology developer Steeper Energy Ltd (Steeper) has announced that it has signed a global licensing agreement for a complete waste-to-fuel solution with Denmark-headed Topsoe A/S, a global leader in carbon emission reduction technologies.

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According to a statement, the agreement combines Topsoe’s unique technologies in renewable fuels and hydrogen production as well as decades of experience in engineering with Steeper’s proprietary “Hydrofaction” technology and industry know-how.

With the agreement, Topsoe will be able to provide a complete waste-to-fuel technology solution and at the same time a one-stop solution for refineries, project developers, and industries having access to excess waste biomass.

The end products include sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), marine biofuel, and renewable diesel from waste biomass.

We are excited to work with Steeper and to combine our technological capabilities. This will make it easier for refineries and project developers to access the technology they need for advanced biofuels. It will also allow them to access new renewable feedstocks while supporting the decarbonization of the transportation sector, not least aviation and shipping, said Peter Vang Christensen, SVP, Clean Fuels & Chemicals Technology at Topsoe.

With this agreement, the parties are working towards the first commercial-scale deployment of the Hydrofaction technology.

Steeper recognizes Topsoe as a world leader in developing and implementing renewable refining technologies. Steeper’s Hydrofaction® process, when combined with Topsoe’s technology, completes the pathway from biomass waste to drop-in liquid fuels and is compatible with existing refining infrastructure. This reduces capital requirements and allows for the accelerated deployment of these solutions. We are excited to combine our efforts with Topsoe and bring our joint solution to the renewable liquid fuels market, said Bevan May, President of Steeper Energy.

According to Steeper, its proprietary Hydrofaction has been validated through various stages of continuous pilot and demonstration-scale plant operations over the past 10 years.

The hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) process applies supercritical water as a reaction medium for the conversion of biomass directly into a high-energy density renewable biocrude oil.

Steeper’s unique process mimics and accelerates nature by subjecting wet biomass to heat and high pressure. The process conditions are carefully chosen to promote reaction pathways that favor high yields of high-quality renewable oil.

According to Steeper, by using its Hydrofaction technology, it is possible to convert up to 85 percent of incoming biomass on an energy basis, making it one of the most effective conversion technologies available.

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