Licella can produce its Bio-Crude oil from essentially any woody plant material, or biomass. In contrast we have the first generation bio-fuels, such as ethanol, produced via the fermentation of corn starch. These bio-fuels require feedstocks, such as corn starch or plant seeds, which can either be used for food, or require productive agricultural land to be grown. This potentially creates a bio-fuel/food trade-off.
Some 'second generation' bio-fuels still require land, that could otherwise be used to grow food, to grow their feedstocks. Again, there could be a bio-fuel/food trade-off, as competition for productive agricultural land could increase the price of food.
Licella’s process eliminates the bio-fuel/food trade-off, since it can process any form of ligno-cellulosic biomass. This means that Licella's process truly meets the criteria of a second generation bio-fuel technology. Licella produces a truly sustainable bio-fuel, from non-food foodstocks, or feedstocks grown using marginal farmlands that would otherwise remain un-used.
Licella is an Australian-based company that has developed a unique process to transform renewable woody-waste materials into an array of biofuels.
The Licella process has been running at our pilot plant at Somersby (just north of Sydney), Australia for over 3 years.
Having won an
Australian Federal Grant, our 2nd generation Commercialisation Demonstration Plant (CDP), has been opened by the Minister for Resources and Energy, Martin Ferguson AM MP, on the 14th December 2011.