Licella has produced what is believed to be the world’s first stable bio-crude oil – a crude oil that is made from biomass. Using its proprietary Cat-HTR technology, Licella can theoretically convert any ligno-cellulosic biomass feedstock into bio-crude.
Key properties of Licella’s bio-crude:
- Energy Density: 34-36 MJ/kg
- Stable: can be transported
- Miscible: can be blended
- Oxygen around 12-14 wt% or less
Licella’s bio-crude oil delivers a high energy density product, which is well-placed to deliver a sustainable refinery feedstock to create bio-fuels for transport industries.
As part of an ARENA sponsored project the world renowned ITQ laboratory in Valencia, Spain demonstrated that it was possible to upgrade Licella’s bio-crude to kerosene and diesel utilising standard refinery infrastructure.
Traditional bio-fuels are typically low energy density, are not stable, and are difficult to transport and blend.
Licella’s bio-fuel is stable, transportable and blendable.
Licella’s Cat-HTR process also produces valuable water soluble organic bio-chemicals ranging from Aliphatics & Cycloaliphatics used in fragrances and polymer production, Phenols / Cresols used as solvents, stabilisers and polymers including epoxy resins and plastic, to higher value ethers such as food additives and flavours including Vanillin and Guaiacol. These bio-chemicals have values of between $1,500 and $10,000 a tonne.