AliphaJet has cracked the code on how to inexpensively convert renewable natural oils and fats into identical replacement hydrocarbons (i.e. everything that today comes from a barrel of oil). Until now, attempts to create renewable hydrocarbons have been costly and controlled by the oil refining industry. AliphaJet’s technology changes all of that and allows the renewable fuel industry to flourish independently. With AliphaJet, it is a brave new world.
In a world threatened by climate change and oil prices hovering at or above $100 per barrel, there exists an imperative to produce renewable true hydrocarbons from natural renewable resources. Among the most promising is a new technology, developed by AliphaJet Inc. in collaboration with the University of Louisville, to convert any renewable oil (i.e. triglycerides) into true hydrocarbons. This unique process is capable of producing identical replacement fuels (i.e. paraffins) as well as identical replacement petro-chemicals (i.e. olefins) and so can transform the entire oil industry. The AliphaJet process does not require hydrogen so, for the first time, the renewable fuels and renewable chemical industry will be able to grow independently of the existing oil and refining industries.
Approximately 50% of globally produced crude petroleum is refined into transportation fuels, the fastest growing component of the energy sector. This sharply rising use of a non-renewable feedstock has a significant impact on greenhouse gas emissions. Biomass is the only renewable energy source that can be converted into liquid transportation fuels.
Therefore, increasing biofuels usage in the transportation sector can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions as well as diversify energy sources, enhance energy security and stimulate the rural agricultural economy. Increased international market demand is fueling rapid growth in Biofuels production worldwide.
AliphaJet BoxCar™ Technology
AliphaJet BoxCar™ Oxygen De-coupling Process
The heart of the AliphaJet technology is its BoxCar™ Oxygen De-coupling Process also known as Decarboxylation. Crude fat feedstock is first converted into fatty acids and glycerol. The fatty acids are then put through catalytic decarboxylation (CDC).
BoxCar is all about decoupling oxygen which is the key to converting renewable oils into true hydrocarbons, without using hydrogen. The CDC process is also capable of processing unsaturated as well as saturated fatty acids into true hydrocarbons. What makes the process unique is that it does not change the type of saturation. This is what makes the production of renewable olefins possible. However, when necessary to create fuels from unsaturated fats, introduction of a small amount of hydrogen during the catalytic decarboxylation step will readily yield a saturated hydrocarbon ideally suited for fuels.
AliphaJet Process Overview
AliphaJet Business Model
AliphaJet licenses technologies that convert renewable triglycerides into true renewable hydrocarbons. The global commercialization plan is focused on providing a broad and open license under commercially reasonable terms. The goal is to have the technology deployed as widely as possible to enable the greatest amount of good outcomes. This unique process is capable of producing olefins as well as paraffins and so can accommodate the entire petrochemical industry as far as feedstocks and end-use products are concerned. Also, given that the process does not require hydrogen, for the first time, the renewable fuels and renewable chemical industry will be able to grow independently of the existing oil and refining industries.
AliphaJet is focused on the commercialization and broad licensing on a global basis of its technology that converts renewable triglycerides into true renewable hydrocarbons. The process known as decarboxylation provides the most direct, simplest and lowest cost way to convert renewable lipids into true hydrocarbons. The AliphaJet team includes successful entrepreneurs in the clean energy industry as well as experts in chemical engineering, process design and implementation within the petrochemical industry.
JACK OSWALD, Chief Executive Officer
Jack Oswald is a nationally-recognized entrepreneur focused on commercializing and deploying clean energy solutions. His current focus is to get the fossil fuel energy out of agriculture. It’s all about simultaneously producing “The Three F’s: Food, Fertilizer and Fuel”. Jack has been developing a National Clean Energy Strategy: “Clean Energy 2.0 – Energy Abundance or Bust”. To that end he was a contributing member during the campaign to President Obama’s Energy and Environment Policy Advisory Group and was on the steering committee for Clean Tech for Obama (CT4O). He was also a member of the steering committee and is a founding board member of the Clean Economy Network (CEN) (www.cleaneconomy.net). He is also serving as a Special Delegate to the U.S.-China Clean Energy Forum, an organization focused on large scale clean energy collaboration between the U.S. and China. Educated at Dartmouth College (Engineering) and Harvard Business School (MBA), Jack was recently appointed as a Trustee for the University of California Merced to help craft programs to attract business collaboration and innovate in the area of technology licensing and transfer. Jack is also an avid pilot holding Commercial, Multi-engine and Instrument Certificates.
SERGE RANDHAVA, Chairman
Serge Randhava founded Unitel Technologies in 1996. Unitel is internationally recognized as the number one “go to” organization for difficult and first-of-its-kind process engineering and design projects. Prior to that, Serge was the Chairman of Xytel-Bechtel, Inc. and CEO of the Xytel Group, a company he co-founded in 1976 and sold to Itochu International, a large Japanese conglomerate, in 1991. The Xytel Group became the world’s leader in the design and construction of computer controlled pilot and mini-plants for the energy, chemical and petrochemical industries. Serge was instrumental in forging the highly diversified international customer base (350-plus companies) of the Xytel Group. Serge is a mechanical engineer with a master’s degree in industrial engineering and operations research from the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of many technical papers and articles, and is named as the inventor on five patents.
DR. RAVI RANDHAVA, Chief Technology Officer
Ravi Randhava is President and Chief Operating Officer of Unitel Technologies, Inc. The company, based in Mt. Prospect, Illinois, is a small business at the leading edge of environmental and energy related applications. Ravi leads all research and development activities, including those of its primary subcontractors (Argonne National Laboratory, Gas Technology Institute, IIP-India, Los Alamos National Laboratory, University of Kentucky and Ohio State University). The company identifies emerging technologies in order to address specific needs, then plans and develops intellectual property, technology, and commercialization, marketing and financing strategies for its development. Environmental applications and technologies for efficient energy utilization are areas of special interest. Ravi pioneered the practical application of modular mini-plant technology, which eventually translated in many first-of-a-kind installations. Ravi has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, is the author of more than 30 papers published in technical journals, and is named as the inventor in numerous patents.
DR. PAUL RATNASAMY, Chief Science Officer
Prof Ratnasamy has made several seminal contributions to both fundamental and industrial catalysis ranging from metals, metal oxides, metal sulfides to molecular sieves. During an active career in catalysis starting in 1970 and spanning more than 40 years, he has made several significant contributions to industrial catalysis. He is the author/co-author of over 200 original research papers in refereed journals and holds more than 100 patents, including 35 US patents, in this field. Importantly, his team at National Chemical Laboratory, Pune had developed and commercialised six catalysts and catalytic processes in the Indian industry. He was the thesis supervisor for 25 Ph D students. He has been on the editorial board of several journals in the area of catalysis including the Journal of Catalysis, Applied Catalysis, Catalysis Letters, Topics in Catalysis, CATTECH, Zeolites, and Microporous and Mesoporous Materials. He was a council member of the International Zeolite Association (IZA) and was its Ambassador-at-large during 2004-2006. His dedication to the catalysis profession can be seen from the fact that he is a founder-member of the Indian Catalysis Society and the Indo-Pacific Catalysis Association. He was also a council-member of the International Zeolite Association. Some of his notable professional awards include, Padma Shree (one of the highest civilian honours given by the President of India), Bhatnagar Award (the highest award of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, India), The International Zeolite Association Award – 2004 for “seminal contributions to invention and innovation in the field of catalysis by zeolites “, Highly Cited Author during 2004-2008, of the Journal of Catalysis, TWNSO (a U.N. body) award in technology, and the Award of the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) for Technology Development in the Chemical Industry.
Paul was the Director of the Indian National Chemical Laboratory at Pune during 1995-2002. More recently, he was a Professor at the University of Louisville, Ky, USA during 2009-2011.
Dr.Ratnasamy holds a Ph.D. degree in catalysis and a diploma in Industrial administration and management.