Anellotech announces start-up of Pearl River pilot plant

By Anellotech Inc. | May 08, 2014

Anellotech Inc., a technology-based company focusing on innovative developments for production of low-cost green petrochemicals, has announced that it is making available kilogram-scale quantities of green BTX to strategic partners for downstream development. The Anellotech technology is able to work from a variety of renewable feedstocks including palm wastes, bagasse, corn stover, and, for the most recent production, wood feedstocks.

Using its proprietary catalyst, Anellotech’s single step catalytic fast pyrolysis (CFP) process enables biomass to be converted in a fluidized-bed reactor into commercially viable aromatics, principally benzene, toluene and xylenes (BTX).

The company’s Pearl River pilot plant commenced successful initial operations in December 2013, an important milestone that the company committed to in March 2013.  The BTX will be used by current partners in their downstream development initiatives, and for future partners to support their due diligence activities.  Anellotech’s newly-developed green aromatics products are drop-in replacements for petroleum-derived aromatics and have use in a variety of valuable derivative applications. These uses include benzene for production of polystyrene, styrene butyl rubber (tires), nylon, polycarbonate, and phenolics ; toluene to make polyurethane; and para-xylene, for production of PET bottles and fibers.

“Production of kilogram-scale quantities of BTX is an important step in demonstrating the technical viability of the CFP Process, which completes all chemical conversion steps in a single reactor,” said David Sudolsky, founder and chief executive officer of Anellotech. “With a strong base of strategic investors, we look forward to engaging with additional potential partners who are actively seeking a path to low-cost green aromatics.”