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Dan Verser, Co-Founder, ZeaChem
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Dan Verser, Co-Founder, ZeaChem
Dan Verser, Co-Founder, ZeaChem
Dan Verser, Co-Founder, ZeaChem
Dan Verser, Co-Founder, ZeaChem
Dan Verser, Co-Founder, ZeaChem
Dan Verser, Co-Founder, ZeaChem
Dan Verser, Co-Founder, ZeaChem
Dan Verser, Co-Founder, ZeaChem
Dan Verser, Co-Founder, ZeaChem
Dan Verser, Co-Founder, ZeaChem
Dan Verser, Co-Founder, ZeaChem
Dan Verser, Co-Founder, ZeaChem
Dan Verser, Co-Founder, ZeaChem
Dan Verser, Co-Founder, ZeaChem
Dan Verser, Co-Founder, ZeaChem
Dan Verser, Co-Founder, ZeaChem
Dan Verser, Co-Founder, ZeaChem
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Slide Deck from 'Cleantech One-on-one' at EntrepreneurTrek Mar 21 at Stanford GSB

Slide Deck from 'Cleantech One-on-one' at EntrepreneurTrek Mar 21 at Stanford GSB

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    • 1. Entrepreneur Trek - Stanford March 21, 2009
    • 2.
      • Venture Backed Startup
      • Founded in 1998: Two Guys in a Pickup
      • A Round 2006: Established Lab in Menlo Park: Two VC Firms
      • B Round 2008: 4 VC Firms
      • Strategic Partners
      • 25 People: Menlo Park, Denver
      ZeaChem
    • 3.
      • 3 rd Generation Cellulosic Ethanol
      • Demonstration of Technology
        • Lab
        • Pilot
        • Demonstration Plant
        • Commercialization
      • New Products
      ZeaChem’s Business
    • 4. Why Renewable Based Fuels?
      • 145 Billion Gallon Gasoline Market in U.S.
      • Energy Security from Domestic Resources
      • Ethanol offers Advantages as a Component of Gasoline Pool
          • Renewable Based
          • Easily Transportable Liquid Fuel
          • Compatible with Gasoline
          • High Energy Content and High Octane
          • Compatible with Existing Automobile Technology
          • ~6.0 Billion Gallons Today
    • 5. Ethanol’s Problems Using Legacy Technology
      • Poor Economics - Requires Subsidy
      • Questionable Environmental Performance - Requires Almost as Much Non-renewable Energy to Produce as It Contains - ER = 1.3
      • Limited Expensive Raw Material Resource for the Current Technology – Corn
      • “ Food vs Fuel” & Indirect Land Use
    • 6. Cellulosic Ethanol & One Approach to Solve the Problem at One Level
    • 7.  
    • 8. ZeaChem Process Flow Feedstock Ethanol Hydrogenolysis Fermentation + Recovery Gasification = H 2 Recovery + Energy Acetate Ester Hydrogen
    • 9. How does it Fit into the Rest of the World? The Value Chain
    • 10. Raw Material
    • 11. The US sweetener industry
    • 12. Large, Liquid Available Woody Feedstock Market
      • Viewed favorably with respect to “food vs. fuel” debate
      • Taking advantage of increasingly liquid & transparent timberlands market
      • Forest acreage generally large corporate farms
        • Located closer to end user markets & transportation infrastructure
    • 13. Woody Feedstock Reliability
      • Hybrid poplar trees chosen as 1 st feedstock
        • Commercially grown in established forests
        • Fast growing
        • Significant yield enhancement possible
      • 1 st Biorefinery co-located with existing GreenWood Resources (GWR) tree farm
        • Partnered with GWR, an established leader in hybrid poplar tree farming
        • Co-location minimizes inbound freight
      Saw Log or Pulp Chip Management Biofuels Management
    • 14. Tomorrow’s Energy Farm
      • Plant 1,500 trees/acre
      • Wait 3 years
      • Continuous harvest with combine
      • Transport to refinery with no further transfers
      • No replanting required: coppice system
        • Re-sprouts from stump
      CONFIDENTIAL
    • 15. Poplar Trial Aerial View
      • A composite shot using remote control camera mounted on helium balloon
      • Variety of responses to soil conditions very apparent from above
    • 16.  
    • 17. Biomass Yields Matter SOURCE: © Ceres, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Used with Permission. * graphic not to scale *
    • 18. Is There Enough Land?
    • 19. Technology Can Solve “Food vs. Fuel” Debate Technology will Provide ~10X Improvement in Land Productivity! Enables 30% Renewable Fuels from Current Lands ZeaChem + Auto Eff. 15 BDT/ac/yr 135 gal/BDT 25 mi/gal 50,625 mi/ac/yr 1 st Gen Cellulosic 7.5 BDT/ac/yr 90 gal/BDT 14 mi/gal 9,450 mi/ac/yr Farm Yield Factory Yield Auto Eff. Land Prod. Corn Ethanol 150 Bu/ac/yr 2.7 gal/bu 14 mi/gal 5,670 mi/ac/yr ZeaChem 15 BDT/ac/yr 135 gal/BDT 14 mi/gal 28,350 mi/ac/yr
    • 20. Environmental Performance
    • 21. Energy Yield
    • 22. CO 2 Footprint Comparison ZeaChem Biomass Corn Dry Mill Total CO 2e : 1.45 lb/gal Total CO 2e : 12.54 lb/gal
    • 23. Potential Product Portfolio Cellulosic Biomass
      • Two Fundamental Alternatives
      • Change organism
      • Change downstream chemistry
      ZeaChem’s Technology
      • C3 Chain
      • Lactic Acid
        • Propylene Glycol
        • Acrylic Acid & Esters
      • Propionic Acid
        • Propylene
        • Methacrylic Acid & Esters
      • C2 Chain
      • Acetic Acid
      • Ethyl Acetate
      • Ethanol
      • Ethylene
      • Ethylene Glycol
      • C4 Chain
      • Butanol
      • C6 Chain
      • Hexanol
      • Hexene
      Current Platform
    • 24. Some Lessons
      • Persist
      • Build on Your Experience
      • Have a Team
      • Focus on What You do Best
      • The Business is Bigger than Your Company
      • Timing
    • 25. Questions & Discussion

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