HOUSTON (May 24, 2016) Sunlight Fuels Private Limited (Sunlight Fuels), headquartered in New Delhi, India, has entered into a Front End Loading FEL-2 license agreement for IH2 Technology* with a Singapore-based affiliate of CRI Catalyst Company LP (CRI), a global catalyst technology company of the Shell Group. IH2 technology is a continuous catalytic thermo-chemical process which produces fungible hydrocarbon transportation fuels from agricultural, forest and sorted municipal residues.
The Sunlight Fuels agreement is the first IH2 FEL-2 license granted in India for a commercial scale plant. The plant will be designed with the potential to convert 500 tonnes/day of dry bagasse into approximately 150 tonnes/day of liquid hydrocarbon transportation fuel.
Bagasse is the fibrous residue remaining after the extraction of juice from the crushed stalks of sugarcane. Because only the inedible residue is used in the IH2 process, there is no direct competition between food and fuel. The plant is being engineered to sit adjacent to an operating sugar mill, with only the residual bagasse entering the new IH2 process facility.
SunLight Fuels’ founders have experience in feedstock sourcing, preparation, technology and operations, oil and gas engineering and financial services. The IH2 technology license to SunLight Fuels is the first license to be issued for a plant engineered to process bagasse. India, as the world’s second largest bagasse producer, is positioned to benefit from utilizing this sustainable resource.
The FEL-2 engineering package is being completed for the green-field IH2 process plant by KBR, Inc. (KBR), CRI’s exclusive FEED engineering services provider.
The IH2 technology is an efficient conversion route for agricultural and other residues which allows for production of clean transportation fuels from renewable resources. The process was developed by Gas Technology Institute (GTI) of Des Plaines, IL in 2009. GTI and CRI have jointly continued development of the technology since 2010. CRI has been granted exclusive worldwide licensing rights.
*IH2 is a trademark of Gas Technology Institute.
About CRI Catalyst Company
CRI Catalyst Company LP is part of CRI/Criterion Inc., the global catalyst technology company of the Shell Group. CRI operates research laboratories, development facilities, manufacturing plants and business units throughout the world. It is dedicated to providing a broad customer base with effective and cost-efficient catalysts and technologies. CRI has a range of products with specific focus on environmental applications, selective oxidation, selective hydrogenation, specialty zeolites and the production of renewable fuels. Website: www.cricatalyst.com
About Sunlight Fuels Private Limited (SunLight Fuels)
SunLight Fuels is a cutting-edge biofuel company advancing the development of a technology platform that transforms non-food biomass into drop-in hydrocarbon transportation fuels. Our platform can provide new, alternative sources of hydrocarbon transportation fuels – sustainably – using a variety of renewable feed stocks to help promote energy security and combat global warming through reduced lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions. SunLight Fuels is promoted by individuals with deep experience in feedstock technology and operations, oil and gas engineering and financial services. SunLight Fuels is headquartered in New Delhi, India.
Lisa M. Martin