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CTBE (Brazil) selects AdvanceBio Systems’ SüPR•2G Equipment for Biomass Pretreatment Research

MILFORD, Ohio, Aug. 14, 2012 —AdvanceBio Systems LLC today announced that CTBE, The Brazilian Bioethanol Science and Technology Laboratory in Campinas, SP selected AdvanceBio Systems’ SüPR•2G Laboratory Scale Pretreatment Reactor to conduct basic research and development work related to the production of fermentable sugars, biofuels and chemicals from lignocellulose rich biomass feedstocks.

“CTBE and AdvanceBio Systems intend to collaborate in CTBE’s R&D effort, not only in pretreatment, but also with other interrelated technologies. The equipment will be used for research, development and demonstration of technology related to the production of biomass-based fuels and chemicals from lignocellulosic feedstocks in our Pilot Plant for Process Development (PPDP),” said Carlos Eduardo Vaz Rossell, Industrial Program Director – CTBE.

The SüPR•2G reactor will incorporate AdvanceBio Systems’ latest developments, including “zero hold-up discharger” capable of operating in either slurry or pneumatic product removal modes. Core technologies integrated into the unit being purchased by CTBE were most recently demonstrated in reactor systems delivered to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Penn State University.

Years of research by groups developing next generation cellulose hydrolyzing enzymes, xylose fermenting organisms and biomass crops has reinforced that pretreatment is a core process. The AdvanceBio Systems’ business model, based upon decades of experience in the renewable fuels industry, resulted in the development of equipment designs and fabrication techniques focused on supplying scalable yet cost-effective biomass pretreatment reactor equipment. The SüPR•2G system is designed to hydrolyze a range of agricultural feedstocks such as sugarcane, bagasse, corn stover and switchgrass. The skid-mounted package system, including an integrated PLC with a touch-screen HMI and capabilities of Ethernet Connection to existing data acquisition systems.

“By partnering with CTBE, we are contributing to the development of technology to produce cellulosic ethanol from sugarcane biomass and increasing the bioethanol yield from sugarcane in excess of 30-40%,” said Dale Monceaux, a Principal of AdvanceBio Systems.

About CTBE
CTBE, a Brazilian national laboratory, integrated to CNPEM (National Center of Research in Energy and Materials) and founded by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI) to operate as:
  1. a research institute, performing competitive RD&I for improving feedstock and conversion routes for bioethanol production from sugarcane;
  2. a partner of other research organizations working in related areas, through a network of associated laboratories in universities and research institutes;
  3. a technology supplier for the industry, providing strategic information on mutual concerns.
For more information, visit: www.bioethanol.org.br

 

CENER (Spain) to Acquire Equipment for Biomass Pretreatment Research

Milford, Ohio, July 9, 2012 — AdvanceBio Systems LLC announced that the National Renewable Energy Centre of Spain (CENER) selected, in a global competitive bidding process, AdvanceBio Systems’ SüPR•2G Bench Scale Pretreatment Reactor to conduct basic research and development work, related to the production of fermentable sugars from lignocellulose rich biomass feedstocks.

“CENER and AdvanceBio Systems intend to collaborate in CENER’s R&D effort, not only in pretreatment, but also with other interrelated technologies,” said Bipin Shroff, a principal of AdvanceBio Systems. “The equipment will be used for research, development and demonstration of technology related to the production of renewable energy in their newly developed Second Generation Biofuels Center located in Navarra (north Spain).”

The SüPR•2G reactor will incorporate AdvanceBio Systems’ latest improvements to the initial Bench Scale Reactor System delivered to The Penn State University as demonstrated on YouTube.

The SüPR•2G system is designed to hydrolyze a range of agricultural feedstocks such as sugarcane, bagasse, corn stover and switchgrass. Primary research at CENER will be on wheat, straw and poplar chips. The skid-mounted package system includes an integrated steam generator and PLC with a touch-screen HMI and capabilities of Ethernet Connection to existing data acquisition systems.

“By partnering with CENER, we are contributing to the development of technology to produce cellulosic ethanol from biomass, to increase global production of renewable fuels and chemicals,” stated Dale Monceaux, a principal of AdvanceBio Systems.

About CENER
The National Renewable Energy Centre (CENER) is a state-of-the-art technological center dedicated to the research, development and promotion of renewable energies within Spain and beyond. CENER operates in five areas: wind power, solar energy, biomass, energy in buildings and renewable energy grid integration.

Areas of biomass research activities in liquid biofuels production of biomass characterization; pre-treatment of lignocellulosic materials; enzymatic hydrolysis and fermentation; and, the assessment of bioethanol production technologies.

Firm Selected For RDD&D Equipment for Pretreatment of Biomass

Milford, Ohio, August 2, 2010 — AdvanceBio Systems LLC, a Cincinnati-based technology company, has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, to provide a Biomass Pretreatment Reactor System for its Integrated Biorefinery Research Facility. The equipment will be used for research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D) in support of national transportation fuel diversification objectives; specifically those associated with performing the advanced technologies that make fuel ethanol from cellulosic biomass cost-competitive. This is critical to achieving advanced biofuels goals under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

AdvanceBio Systems LLC was selected as the lowest bidder to qualify under the Resource Recovery Act of 2009. The entire system, utilizing AdvanceBio Systems’ proprietary technology, will be designed and manufactured in Ohio.

Cincinnati Firm Selected to Supply R&D Equipment for Pretreatment of Biomass

Milford, Ohio, July 19, 2010 — AdvanceBio Systems LLC, a Cincinnati-based technology company, has been awarded a contract by The Pennsylvania State University to supply a Bench Scale Hydrolyzer System for its Shared Fermentation Facility located in University Park, Pennsylvania. The equipment will be used for research, development and demonstration of technology related to production of biomass-based fuels and chemicals from lignocellulosic feedstocks.

AdvanceBio Systems LLC and Pennsylvania State University intend to collaborate in the University’s R&D effort.

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