Renewable oil and bio-products company Solazyme said Friday
that it successfully commissioned its first fully-integrated
biorefinery (IBR) in Peoria, Illinois,
to produce algal oil.
Solazyme has been running routine fermentations at
commercial scale since 2007 and began running fermentation
operations at the Peoria facility in the fourth quarter of
With the successful production of algal oil from the
integrated facility this month, Solazyme has met its start-up
goals for the facility on schedule, the company said.
The IBR was partially funded with a federal grant that Solazyme
received from the US Department of Energy (DOE) in December
2009 to demonstrate integrated commercial-scale production of
renewable algal-based fuels.
The demonstration/ commercial-scale plant will have a
nameplate capacity of 2 million liters/year of oil and will
provide a platform for continued work on feedstock flexibility and scaling of
new tailored oils into the marketplace.
To maximize capital efficiency, Solazyme bought the existing
Peoria facility in May 2011 and began retrofitting the former
PMP Fermentation Products plant into an integrated
demonstration/commercial-scale facility that will produce
renewable tailored triglyceride, it said.
Solazyme has been operating at semi-commercial scale through
contract manufacturers since 2007.
The company has seen linear productivity in its scale-up
efforts, including multiple toll manufacturing facilities and multiple successful
128,000-liter scale fermentations at Peoria.
"Bringing the Peoria IBR online is a major milestone for
Solazyme and our ability to provide a new source of renewable
oils that are specifically tailored to offer enhanced
alternatives to conventional sources of oil, said Rogerio
Manso, chief commercialization officer.
The Department of Energy has proven to be a valuable
partner in demonstrating how important new technologies like
Solazyme can positively impact this countrys economy,
long-term job creation and energy independence