Anellotech is a sustainable technology company that commercializes technology for the production of cost-competitive renewable chemicals and fuels from non-food biomass. Anellotech has technologies such as Bio-TCat™ for renewable chemicals and fuels, MinFree™ for biomass pretreatment, and some feedstocks.
Anellotech’s patented Bio-TCat™ process produces 100% bio-based BTX (i.e. benzene, toluene, and xylene) ‘drop-in’ aromatic chemicals, offering a solution to the lack of efficient, scalable processes for producing BTX from renewable, non-food biomass. In addition to BTX, Bio-TCat technology produces a heavier aromatics product, which can be used as bio-marine fuel or can be upgraded to make diesel or jet fuel blendstocks.
A recent LCA or Lifecycle Analysis review of Anellotech’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), by Jacobs Engineering Group shows that renewably sourced Bio-TCat products produce significantly lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared to identical petro-based chemicals.
Anellotech’s bio-aromatics are being produced using loblolly pine feedstock from the southern United States at Anellotech’s T-Cat8® pilot plant in Silsbee, Texas. Anellotech’s work at T-Cat8 focuses on converting MinFree pinewood into hydrocarbons on a continuous, sustained basis, process optimization, collecting data needed for commercial-scale Bio-TCat design and filling drums with tons of hydrocarbon for product development work. TCat-8’s operation has confirmed product yields and catalyst performance with extensive time on stream.
MinFree removes naturally occurring minerals from wood biomass at a multi-tonne scale in continuous pilot plant operations. MinFree dramatically extends catalyst life, making Anellotech’s Bio-TCat conversion technology increasingly efficient and competitive compared to fossil-sourced aromatics production.