LS9 completes first production run at integrated biorefinery in Florida

September 10, 2012 |

In Florida, LS9 announced the completion of its first production run of fatty alcohols at its new facility in Okeechobee. The first run at 135,000 liter scale produced several tons of fatty alcohol with “excellent replication of technical metrics”.LS9 completed the retrofit of the demonstration facility in Okeechobee, Fla. in May of this year.

“We are very pleased that our very first run at 135,000 liter scale went so well. We plan to perform additional fatty alcohol runs to demonstrate the robustness of our technology platform and then switch to diesel fuel and ester chemical production to further demonstrate the production optionality of the technology,” said Ed Dineen, President and CEO of LS9.

Initially, the Florida facility will be used to enhance the Company’s production capability and generate large commercial samples for testing and product qualification by key partners and prospective customers. This first production run performed superbly, producing several tons of fatty alcohol with excellent replication of technical metrics seen at pilot scale. Fatty alcohols, which are long carbon chain alcohols, are used widely in the $5 billion market for surfactants, including industrial and consumer detergents. The facility will also be used to test and optimize new process conditions.

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