Virent is replacing crude oil by creating the chemicals and fuels the world demands through utilization of a wide variety of naturally occurring, renewable resources. Our patented BioForming®technology features catalytic chemistry, which converts plant-based sugars into a full range of hydrocarbon productsidentical to those made from petroleum, including gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and chemicals for plastics and fibers. Virent produces its hydrocarbon chemicals and fuels from plant sugars in a few hours, compared to the millions of years required for petroleum.
Virent’s molecules are identical to those produced from crude, and its products are truly “drop-in” and ready to work in today’s chemical and fuel supply chains, including manufacturing facilities, pipelines, tanks and fueling stations. Our drop-in fuels are also fully compatible with current automobile, jet and diesel engines at high blend levels. Key to energy security, Virent’s technology can replace over 90% of the products that come from a barrel of crude oil. The petro-chemicals and fuels our civilization has come to depend on now have a sustainable alternative.
Virent has built and operates two small demonstration units at its headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin. The first was commissioned in 2010 and is capable of producing up to 10,000 gallons per year (30 tons per year) of an aromatic rich reformate stream suitable for biogasoline, biojet (HDO-SAK) and several chemical products. The second was commissioned in 2013 and is capable of producing up to 5,000 gallons per year (15 tons per year) of our distillate product stream suitable for biodiesel, biojet (HDO-SK) and additional chemical markets.
Virent biogasoline has been used over the last four seasons by the Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 team. Through funding provided by several DOE research grants, Virent is working to produce a wide range of drop-in hydrocarbon fuels and chemicals from non-food feedstocks like corn stover, sugar cane bagasse and woody biomass. The Coca-Cola Company has partnered with Virent to develop Virent’s BioFormPX™ for use in producing a 100% renewable, 100% recyclable PlantBottle® packaging solution. Some other recent milestones include: