On Friday April 18, 2014, American Process shipped its second commercial ethanol cargo and sold the first cellulosic ethanol RINs from its Alpena Biorefinery, reports Biofuels Digest. These are the first cellulosic ethanol RINs generated since the beginning of 2013.  These are also the first ever commercial cellulosic ethanol RINS generated from woody biomass in in the US.  American Process is also likely the first company in the world to produce commercial quantities of cellulosic ethanol from mixed forest residue. American Process also have a demo plant in Georgia producing clean sugar with their AVAP technology and now also demonstrated the production of nanocelluloce, with a vast market.

Theodora Retsina, the founder and CEO of American Process

“I  want to recognize the significant financial support given to the Alpena Biorefinery from the MEDC and thank Governor Granholm who pioneered this program. The Alpena Biorefinery would not have existed without the financial support of the DOE.”

“A most significant thank you and recognition goes also to GranBio, who in 2013 became our partner and shareholder.  We look forward to more cellulosic ethanol being sold in US by GranBio’s Bioflex 1 plant very soon.”

We have sold one licence of GreenPower+ technology
The Alpena Biorefinery is a near-commercial demonstration plant of our GreenPower+ technology, which produces C5 sugars and/or ethanol from the hemicelluloses of any type of biomass. We have already sold our first commercial license of this technology and we hope more will follow soon.

Sugar is the new crude
“We also have a second demonstration facility in Georgia which is currently producing clean cellulosic sugars from various types of biomass using our AVAP technology. These sugars have been tested by a number of chemical companies that have successfully transformed them both catalytically and fermentatively to downstream building block chemicals. The AVAP technology is living up to our logo that indeed, “Sugar is the new crude”.

Low cost nano celluloce with huge market

“Finally, there is a new development that we pioneered in 2013. Using our AVAP front end, we have developed a transformational way to produce low cost and very high crystallinity nanocellulose – both    nanocrystals and nanofibrils. This new discovery has removed the cost barrier to nanocellulose applications. Nanocellulose can now compete in price and performance characteristics with fossil derived products. The market potential for nanocellulose is vast. The USDA estimates that the short-term market is over 34 million tons per year.  Nanocellulose can replace and/or complement plastics, oil and fracking drilling fluid, emulsifiers and has many other applications. It can be used to strengthen and reduce the weight of automotive components, contributing to overall vehicle fuel efficiency. And it is renewable, compostable, biocompatible and abundant.