Vertimass Catalyst Technology provides a simple process with resulting low capital and operating costs, that produces the least expensive hydrocarbons from biomass, while simultaneously making benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene, and xylene (BTEX) as a valuable coproduct. In addition, Vertimass Catalyst Technology does not need external hydrogen that other ethanol conversion technologies must rely on, thereby avoiding extra costs and infrastructure challenges that are detrimental to the environment.

Ethanol Blend Wall and Vertimass Solution

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Blend Wall Limits U.S. Gasoline Ethanol Market

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This Breakthrough Technology:

  • Achieves high yields of gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel blend stocks,
  • Can produce valuable chemical feedstocks,
  • Operates at moderate temperatures and low pressures,
  • Can process dilute to concentrated ethanol in water streams,
  • Has prolonged catalyst life, and
  • Has low capital and operating costs.
  • Anhydrous ethanol can be also converted to HCs.

Application of this new catalyst eliminates the ethanol “blend wall” that now limits ethanol markets (10% in gasoline) and opens up new heavy duty diesel, jet fuel and chemical markets.

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  • Low capital and operating costs for Vertimass "bolt-on" to existing and future ethanol production plants.
  • Production of renewable fuel blend stocks with significant competitive advantages.
  • Elimination of the "blend wall" that now limits ethanol markets.
  • Expansion of ethanol sales to new gasoline, diesel fuel and jet fuel markets.
  • Conversion of ethanol to valuable chemical precursors.
  • Expanded reduction of greenhouse gases.
  • Positioned for rapid large-scale production to support the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Featured Articles

September 26, 2018

Catalytic Conversion of Biomass-Derived Ethanol to Liquid Hydrocarbon Blendstock: Effect of Light Gas Recirculation

We describe a light gas recirculation (LGR) method to increase the liquid hydrocarbon yield with a reduced aromatic content from catalytic conversion of ethanol to hydrocarbons. […]
September 26, 2018

Selective conversion of bio-derived ethanol to renewable BTX over Ga-ZSM-5

Selective conversion of bio-derived ethanol to benzene, toluene and xylenes (BTX) is desirable for producing renewable BTX. In this work, we show that addition of Ga […]
September 26, 2018

Heterobimetallic Zeolite, InV-ZSM-5, Enables Efficient Conversion of Biomass Derived Ethanol to Renewable Hydrocarbons

Direct catalytic conversion of ethanol to hydrocarbon blend-stock can increase biofuels use in current vehicles beyond the ethanol blend-wall of 10–15%. Literature reports describe quantitative conversion […]