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GF Biochemicals Press Tour Slides

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Presentation from GF Biochemicals Press Tour 9 December 2015

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GF Biochemicals Press Tour Slides

  1. 1. Making levulinic acid happen CASERTA DECEMBER 9TH 2015
  2. 2. MAKING LEVULINIC ACID HAPPEN INTRODUCTION TO GFBIOCHEMICALS Maxim Katinov, CEO
  3. 3. The first company producing levulinic acid directly from biomass at commercial scale
  4. 4. We make sustainable chemicals Our mission: bringing levulinic acid to market by technology innovation
  5. 5. Wood Waste is our ultimate target feedstock
  6. 6. 2008 FOUNDATION Mission: Bringing levulinic acid to the market by technology innovation 2014 ORGANIZATION Key personnel from global leaders enforce GFBiochemicals to further develop the technologies 2016 GROWTH Capacity increase Capacity 4,500 MT 2009 FACILITY Lease Caserta plant to develop and demo breakthrough technologies 2015 PRODUCTION START Commercial production of levulinic acid starts July 2015 Capacity 1,200 MT 2017 CAPACITY Capacity increase Capacity 10,000 MT 2013 NEW FUNDS New investor and rebranding Green Future to GFBiochemicals 2019 EXPANSION New world-scale facility Capacity 50,000 MT Focused and dedicated to levulinic acid since 2008
  7. 7. MAKING LEVULINIC ACID HAPPEN INTRODUCTION TO LEVULINIC ACID Marcel Van Berkel, CCO
  8. 8. Levulinic acid: essential building block for a Green Future
  9. 9. Levulinic acid: a recognized versatile platform molecule* Levulinic acid DALA Salts Ketals Esters DPA Pharma Flavors & fragrances Detergents Plasticizers Personal care Pharma Agro Resins & Coatings Plasticizers Fuel additives MeTHF GVL MeBDO MEK/MVK Oligomers Nylon Apparel Fuel Solvents Biobased polymers Solvents Bio-lubricants Building block for nylon Solvents Bio-lubricants *main levulinic acid derivatives
  10. 10. Price + Performance + Sustainability = Levulinic acid
  11. 11. MAKING LEVULINIC ACID HAPPEN Q&A
  12. 12. MAKING LEVULINIC ACID HAPPEN LAB VISIT AND PLANT TOUR
  13. 13. MAKING LEVULINIC ACID HAPPEN GFBIOCHEMICALS TECHNOLOGY Aris de Rijke, Director Technology & Engineering
  14. 14. Levulinic Acid production history LEVULINIC ACID Biobased Route Traditional Route (Oil) 3-step route from hemicellulose GFBiochemicals 1-step route from cellulose 5-step route from OIL BUTANE/BENZENE SUCCINIC ACID ACETYL SUCCINATE MALEIC ACID ANHYDRIDE FURFURAL FURFURYLALCOHOL
  15. 15. Levulinic acid production at industrial scale Challenges GFBiochemicals levulinic acid technology › Handling biochar and tar › High purity levulinic acid › Enables continuous operation › Innovative recovery/purification technology › Low carbon footprint − 1-step conversion − Energy generation from own char − High conversion yield scale-up
  16. 16. Biochar Steam Energy Recovery Levulinic acid Cellulosic Biomass Pre-treatment Reactor Flash Filter Solid/Liquid Separation Product Recovery & Concentration Final Purification Steam • Tested on large-scale in Caserta • High and robust operational reliability • Favorable scale-up economics Continue R&D investment to maintain leadership and assure future growth Proprietary Technology GFBiochemicals breakthrough technology since 2008
  17. 17. GFBiochemicals proprietary technology GFBiochemicals filed patents GFBiochemicals patents in preparation › Levulinic acid compositions › Isolation and purification of levulinic acid (multiple patents) › Trade secrets › Production and recovery technology of levulinic acid › Ongoing technology innovation “Innovation demands creative individuals who can dream new ideas and turn them into reality” * *as written on the wall of Niall McLaughlin’s building for Cranfield University
  18. 18. MAKING LEVULINIC ACID HAPPEN Q&A
  19. 19. MAKING LEVULINIC ACID HAPPEN MARKET DEVELOPMENT AND APPLICATION BENEFITS Marcel Van Berkel, CCO
  20. 20. A more than $30bn market opportunity in chemicals Agro-chemicals ($0,05bn) Personal care ($0,04bn) Pharmaceuticals ($0,1bn) Flavors & flagrances ($0,02bn) Detergents ($0,31bn) Fertilizers ($0,07bn) Polymers & plasticizers ($1,6bn) Resins & coatings ($0,8bn) Solvents ($0,6bn) Fuel additives ($0,8bn) Specialty markets Large volume markets Source: market reports from SRI/CEH, ICIS & Freedonia Market Opportunity Attainable Market Within 10 years Key Target Building Blocks Biobased $2bn Levulinic acid & esters Biobased $3.8bn Methyl- tetrahydro furan (MeTHF) Biobased $3.4bn Diphenolic acid (DPA) Biobased >$20bn GammaValeroLa ctone (GVL) To Be Continued
  21. 21. Lower price ranges enable new markets High-end existing Markets Specialty Markets Large volume markets Commodity markets Volume levulinic acid Marketpricelevulinicacid($/kg) Specialty markets of polymers, plasticizers, solvents, agrochemicals Solvents, polymers, plasticizers, resins & coatings, fuel additives Nylon Intermediates, Biofuels
  22. 22. Levulinic acid in Flavors and Fragrances › Has a creamy whiskey-like odor › Adds caramel and maple flavors › The esters are used for fruity flavors and fragrances › Inhibits microbial growth
  23. 23. › Renewable biobased ingredient for perfuming and skin conditioning › Alternative preservation system › Levulinic acid and its salts are used in organic and natural cosmetic formulations Levulinic acid for Personal Care & Beauty Products
  24. 24. High performance Coatings with levulinic acid › Improves processability and reduces VOC in coatings such as latex and polyester › Diphenolic acid (DPA) can replace bisphenol A (BPA) providing better crosslinking and durable impact resistance › Methyl Butanediol (MeBDO) derived from levulinic acid improves the durability of polyester coating resins
  25. 25. High performance PHA’s with levulinic acid › Performance material for the production of PHA co- and terpolymers, such as PHB3HV and PHB3HV4HV › Co-nutrient during PHB production with metabolically engineered strains › Yield improvement and composition design for crystallinity and property control
  26. 26. Levulinic acid: Road to a flourishing bioeconomy
  27. 27. MAKING LEVULINIC ACID HAPPEN Q&A
  28. 28. MAKING LEVULINIC ACID HAPPEN

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