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Velocys establishes alliance with TRI

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Velocys plc has announce that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish a strategic alliance with ThermoChem Recovery International Inc. (TRI).

Under the alliance, TRI will be Velocys’ preferred supplier of gasification systems for its biomass-to-liquids (BTL) plants. The partners will rapidly deploy an integrated biorefinery offering that combines Velocys’ Fischer-Tropsch (FT) technology with TRI’s gasification technology.

TRI is a leading provider of steam reforming gasification systems suitable for woody biomass and other waste feedstocks. Its systems have been selected for and deployed on various commercial North American projects including to Norampac, a division of Cascades Paper, at its Trenton facility in Ontario, Canada.

The partners have started a joint development of the engineering design for a 1400 bpd BTL plant to produce renewable diesel and jet fuels from woody biomass. TRI will support Velocys and its partners to further optimise overall plant cost and the financing of BTL plants through, for example, accessing governmental loan guarantee processes and securing independent engineering reviews.

Velocys confirmed that it intends to relocate its skid-mounted pilot plant from Ohio, US, to the TRI facility in North Carolina, US. The joint demonstration has been selected for support as part of a competitive award granted by the US Department of Energy (DOE) for the development of smaller scale integrated biorefineries.

The agreement is not exclusive on either party. The company expects the terms of the MoU to be reflected in legally-binding documentation within the coming months.

David Pummell, CEO of Velocys, said: “We are excited to be working with TRI who we believe have best-in-class gasification technology. We believe our integrated technology solution will be a proven and financeable route to cost-effective plants producing premium renewable fuels. It represents a very significant step forward in the development of a fully integrated offer to our customers, increasing our control over delivery through world class partnerships. I look forward to providing further details of this deal and other strategic alliances that will support our new strategy.”

Dan Burciaga, President and CEO of TRI, added n: “We know that the close integration of syngas conversion technologies with TRI’s gasification platform can yield superior integrated biorefineries and are convinced that the high intensity Velocys FT process will provide further enhancements. Multiple independent engineers have validated a number of waste to fuels projects that were proven in our demonstration plant. The TRI team looks forward to working with Velocys and its partners at an accelerated pace towards commercial renewable fuel facilities and, as part of that collaborative work, we intend to integrate the Velocys FT process into our demonstration facility within the year.”

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