CRI Catalyst licenses IH2 biofuel plant in Europe

A Fortune 2000 global company headquartered in Northern Europe has entered into an FEL-2 package license agreement with CRI/Criterion Catalyst Co., a global catalyst technology company. 

The license covers IH2 technology, a continuous thermal catalytic process which produces liquid hydrocarbon transportation fuels from forest residues, and other renewable resources.

The initial front-end loading (FEL-2) evaluation package will be completed for the core IH2  technology, inside battery limit (ISBL), by KBR. KBR is CRI’s preferred engineering services provider for commercial IH2  facilities. 

KBR’s experience with the technology components of an IH2  processing facility will assist in de-risking the commercial scale design, according to project officials.

The client intends to source a broad range of forest residues as the design feedstock. IH2 hydrocarbons produced from woody biomass currently meet the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) specifications for their respective fuels, positioned for the US market as an E10 gasoline fully renewable product, or as a 100% renewable diesel. 

Third party testing of the IH2  woody biomass derived neat (R100) kerosene cut, for global jet specifications. 

Jet A-1/JP8 indicates that the material meets these specifications for the properties tested to date. Ongoing research indicates the technology’s ability to achieve European Standard (EN) high-quality blend stock or potentially drop in renewable petrol and diesel specification hydrocarbons from this company's intended feed slate.

The IH2  technology is an efficient conversion route for woody biomass and forest residues feedstock that allows for production of clean transportation fuels from renewable resources. The process was developed by Gas Technology Institute (GTI) of Des Plaines, Illinois, while CRI Catalyst Co. of Houston has been granted exclusive worldwide licensing rights

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