Transportation fuels are produced from crude oil, a fossil fuel created when plants and organisms are buried and subjected to immense heat and pressure for millions of years. Attis plans to skip the middle-man and create affordable fuels directly from existing biomass.
While the global renewable fuel industry surpassed 25 billion gallons of production in 2016 it is still only a small fraction of the roughly 400 billion gallons of transportation fuel consumed each year. Furthermore, most of these renewable fuels are produced from feedstocks like corn and vegetable oil where production limits have been placed to minimize the impact on food production and costs.
To increase renewable fuel production volumes, more efficient conversion technologies are needed that can be applied to non-competing crops such as cellulosic biomass and agricultural crop residue. The USDA has projected more than one billion tons of such material can be harvested annually in the United States alone to produce more than 30% of the nation’s fuel needs should more cost-effective solutions become available.
Attis believes that it can generate considerably more fuel and revenue per unit of biomass than those systems currently installed.
Attis is the commercialization lead within a team of government institutions and universities who have applied for a grant from the USDA to demonstrate what this team believes to be a cost-effective pathway to the production of sustainable fuels and materials from biomass.