Production of Conventional Liquid Fuels from Sugars
Virent’s BioForming® process can convert a wide range of feedstocks, including non-food and home grown energy sources, into the variety of fuels and chemicals now made from fossil fuels. The BioForming® process, is based on the novel combination of Virent’s core APR technology with conventional catalytic processing technologies such as catalytic hydrotreating and catalytic condensation processes, including ZSM-5 acid condensation, base catalyzed condensation, acid catalyzed dehydration, and alkylation. Like a conventional petroleum refinery, each of these process steps in the BioForming platform can be optimized and modified to produce a particular slate of desired hydrocarbon products. For example, a gasoline product can be produced using a zeolite (ZSM-5) based process, jet fuel and diesel can be produced using a base catalyzed condensation route, and a high octane fuel can be produced using a dehydration/oligomerization route.