IFPEN and Axens joined forces with the American company Anellotech to develop BioTCat™, a bio-aromatic production technology (BTX for Benzene, Toluene and Xylene) based on renewable raw materials.
By combining Anellotech’s process for the thermocatalytic conversion of non-food lignocellulosic biomass with Axens’ hydrotreatment process, the objective is to achieve 100% bio-based BTX in few steps, while minimizing costs, energy consumption and CO2 emissions. These bio-aromatics will find numerous applications, particularly in polyesters for bottles and textile fibers. BioTCat™ will also enable the production of a very high-quality gasoline base.
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to convert renewable, non-edible feedstocks directly into mixed aromatics using a single step process
> 70% GHG emissions reduction
Based on a life cycle analysis, validated by Jacobs Engineering, showed a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction potential of 70% or more when compared to fossil counterparts