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Bio-based BTX test facility breaks ground in Texas

By Scott Jenkins |

Construction has begun on a testing and development facility for a bio-based process to produce benzene, toluene and xylenes (BTX) from woody biomass. The test facility is intended to demonstrate all unit operations and prove process economics for the Bio-TCat process, a proprietary thermal catalytic biomass-conversion technology developed by Anellotech Inc. (Pearl River, N.Y.; www.anellotech.com) in partnership with IFP Energies Nouvelles (Rueill-Malmaison, France; www.ifpenergiesnouvelles.com), a public-sector research institute, Axens (Rueill-Malmaison, France; www.axens.net) and Johnson-Matthey Catalysts (London, U.K.; www.matthey.com). The facility, known as TCat-8, has been pre-fabricated on skids and will be installed and operational by the end of 2016 at an existing chemical production site known as South Hampton Resources, a wholly owned subsidiary of Trecora Resources, in Silsbee, Tex., says Anellotech CEO David Sudolsky. It will process about 1,000 lb/d of biomass when commissioned. The biomass conversion technology has been advanced and scaled up since the company was formed to commercialize catalytic fast-pyrolysis technology developed in the laboratory of George Huber at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst; www.umass.edu),…
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