How it Works
The core technology required to produce
ultra-clean transportation fuel from sources other than oil has existed since
the 1920s. Its application has been limited because, until recently, oil was
simply too cheap to justify its deployment.
That is now changing. The world is running out
of easy oil. What is left costs more to get to, is less reliable, and is more
dangerous to people, the environment, or both.
What we produce is Fischer Tropsch synthetic
fuel. Molecules of diesel and jet fuel assembled from the pure chemical
building blocks of hydrogen and carbon, using a process called Fischer Tropsch
conversion. We procure these hydrogen and carbon building blocks by breaking
apart solid feedstocks, ultimately primarily biomass, through a process called
Here is a quick 5-minute video explaining how our process works:
Gasification gives us a lot of carbon, and
quite a bit of hydrogen, but we have more carbon then we need to make fuel.
This excess carbon will be captured and locked underground in a process called
carbon capture and storage (CCS).
Once we have built our supply chain to the
point that we can source more of our input carbon effectively from the air, in
the form of the biomass, than we ultimately use in the manufacture of fuel, we
will have the unique ability to completely eliminate the full lifecycle climate
impacts of the manufacture and use of the fuels we produce. We will produce diesel
and jet fuel, with zero carbon footprint.
The fact the we manufacture fuels out of pure
hydrogen and carbon, which have had virtually all impurities removed means that
the fuels we produce will deliver substantial conventional emissions benefits
relative to conventional diesel and jet fuels, which still have impurities,
such as sulfur and aromatics, that become harmful emissions such as particulate
matter when burned.