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As a catalyst technology company specializing in the chemical fuel industry, Synthenol have a patent pending non-sulfur catalyst and process that converts syngas, into mixed alcohols: ethanol, methanol, propanol and butanol. These alcohols are used in the transportation, plastics and chemicals industries. Syngas is generated from waste wood and agricultural waste, cellulosic biomass, municipal solid waste (MSW) or natural gas.

Catalysts have been typically used in the chemical and fuel industry to react with natural gas to produce a single product such as methanol or ammonia. Over the past 15 years there has been a push to produce alternative fuels to replace fossil fuel and many companies are now producing ethanol by fermenting corn and sugar cane which is regarded as 1st generation technology.

However, new companies are emerging and are now developing 2nd generation technologies to convert cellulosic biomass into biofuel and many are following the fermentation route of converting the sugar in biomass into ethanol.

Synthenol’s technology is 2nd generation and uses syngas which is generated by gasifying biomass. Syngas is comprised of hydrogen and carbon monoxide. After cleaning, the syngas is reacted with the company’s catalyst to produce not only ethanol but also methanol, butanol and propanol.

Synthenol is pleased to be viewed as a provider of clean energy and chemicals based on their process using sustainable biomass. The company believes its advanced thermo-chemical process is more efficient and economically viable than current ethanol production methods and has the flexibility to accommodate virtually any biomass. This means that Synthenol’s biofuels can be produced with zero impact on food resources, agricultural production while achieving a very low carbon intensity value.

Our catalyst can also produce mixed alcohols from natural gas which is far cleaner than using crude oil for fuels and chemicals. The methodology of producing alcohols from natural gas is the same process used by Methanex, B.P., Mitsui and others to produce the majority of the world’s methanol.

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Synthenol's strategy is to produce a diverse mix of alcohols rather than a single biofuel such as ethanol as we feel that this differentiates us from the corn, sugar and enzymatic ethanol producers and somewhat mitigates and reduces the risk of being dependant on a single commodity or a single feedstock. Synthenol has successfully achieved a yield of 110 gallons of mixed alcohol per equivalent ton of biomass. The cost of producing ethanol and other alcohols from biomass is estimated at $1.04 a gallon while the average selling price of the four alcohols is $2.50 per gallon.

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Typical yield is 110 gallons of alcohol per dry ton of wood chips

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Synthenol’s proprietary process not only allows production of low-carbon fuels and chemicals, but the heat generated by the gasification and catalyst reactors generate enough electricity to power the entire plant.

Synthenol's strategy is to produce a diverse mix of alcohols rather than a single biofuel such as ethanol as we feel that this differentiates us from the corn, sugar and enzymatic ethanol producers and somewhat mitigates and reduces the risk of being dependant on a single commodity or a single feedstock.

Synthenol has successfully achieved a yield of 110 gallons of mixed alcohol per equivalent ton of biomass and comparable to 29,480 SCF of natural gas. The cost of producing the four alcohols from biomass is estimated at <$0.90 a gallon and <$1.74 a gallon from natural gas.

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SYNTHENOL ENERGY CORPORATION #206-388 Drake Street, Vancouver, Canada, V6B6A8  Phone 604-681-1064

January 2014

 

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