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.