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US DOE funded project: BioChemCat Dr. Birgitte Ahring, Director & Principal Investigator Presented by: Dr. Keith Thomsen, Asst. Director. A partnership between the Port of Benton, WSU, CleanVantage , LLC and PNNL. Role of Partners.

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US DOE funded project: BioChemCatDr. Birgitte Ahring, Director & Principal InvestigatorPresented by: Dr. Keith Thomsen, Asst. Director

A partnership between the Port of Benton, WSU, CleanVantage, LLC and PNNL

Role of partners
Role of Partners

Port of Benton:Project holder, Delivery of biomasses, Outreach

WSU:Pilot plant operations & outreach

CleanVantage, LLC: Research Lead, IP Holder, Pretreatment, Fermentation, High-temperature Lignin Conversion

PNNL:Sub-contractor, Upgrading into fuel and chemicals

The BioChemCat Process A hydrolysate platform

Catalytic Upgrading to drop-in Fuels

Production of Specialty and Industrial Chemicals

Solid Fuel

Salt Removal

Hydrolysis & Fermentation

High Value Products

Biomass Feedstocks

(Corn stover, wood, wastes, energy crops, etc)

Separation C2-C5 Molecules


Biogas Production

WSU Biomass Pretreatment &

CV BioChemCat Fermentation System



10 Liter Pretreatment


100 Liter Pretreatment

Reactor (NEW)

400 LiterFermentation

Vessels (NEW)

Screw PressLiquid/Solid Separation


High Speed CentrifugeLiquid/Solid Separation


Softwood to hydrolysate and sugars
Softwood to Hydrolysate and Sugars

Raw Softwood



Full biomass utilization feedstock flexibility
Full Biomass Utilization& Feedstock Flexibility

Integrated biorefinery process concept maximizes the utilization of the biomass resource (i.e., converting the biomass available into a number of high energy products). We call it the:


Wheat Straw

Grape Pommace

Corn Stover

Hop Wastes

Paper and Food Waste

Yard Wastes

The Integrated Biorefinery concept can usemany different types of biomass materials

Hub spoke non enzymatic hydrolysate platform

Catalytic Upgrading to Fuels

Production of Specialty and Industrial Chemicals



Hub & Spoke Non-enzymatic Hydrolysate Platform

  • Biomass Feedstocks

  • Forest Residues

  • Crop Residues

  • Manures

  • Food Process Waste

  • Municipal Solid Waste

  • Grasses





Centralization of Upgrading (Hub) Allows

Fuel Upgrading Near High Demand Centers

High Value Products

Decentralization of Processing Spokes Allows

Deployment Regionwide Near Biomass Sources

Special thanks to my group and collegues at BSEL

Dr. Birgitte K. AhringDirector and Battelle Distinguished Professor

Washington State University

Center for Bioproducts and Bioenergy

Phone: 509.372.7683

Email: [email protected]


Questions ?