The essence of technology is that it is constantly changing.  This is especially true in the ultra-clean lubes, chemicals, and fuels industries. The founders of Claeris have been immersed in the alternative and ultra-clean fuels and chemicals industries for over 10 years and have witnessed many new technological advancements.  As such, Claeris approaches technology with a high degree of technical scrutiny, combined with a thorough analysis of the complete business case for its commercialization. Claeris selects only those conversion technologies that satisfy its rigorous diligence process, which includes the following minimum criteria:

 
 
Reduces GHG, SOx, NOx, and other harmful pollutants
   
Produces ultra-clean products
   
Uses clean-burning natural gas or feedstocks that do not compete with the food supply chain
   
Produces cost-advantaged products that serve large markets
   
Proven at large demonstration or commercial scale
   
Competitively advantaged from a long-term capital and operating
cost perspective
 
 

Natural gas-to-base oils
After an extensive technical and commercial analysis of potential technologies for the production of ultra-clean refined hydrocarbons, Claeris selected gas-to-liquids (“GTL”) via Fischer-Tropsch synthesis as the one conversion technology that clearly met or exceeded all of Claeris’ criteria.  GTL is a commercially proven thermochemical process that converts a carbonaceous feedstock (natural gas, coal, or biomass) into syngas (a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen) using a combination of heat and chemical reactions.  The syngas is then converted via a highly efficient, proprietary Fischer-Tropsch catalytic processes into ultra-clean refined hydrocarbons (such as specialty base oils, drilling fluids, solvents, diesel, jet fuel, and naphtha).  Recent advances and efficiencies have made GTL technology economical at a smaller scale, thereby enabling our distributed-scale production model.

Claeris selected Emerging Fuels Technology, Inc. as its FT technology provider. EFT is the premier provider of distributed-scale GTL technology as demonstrated by its conversion efficiency, run-time experience, and freedom-to-operate. The EFT process for the production of ultra-clean specialty products is depicted below:

 
 
 
 

The close collaboration of Claeris and EFT will provide our project partners with unmatched commercial and technical expertise, the result of which will be a development initiative that has the potential to transform the ultra-clean chemicals and fuels industries.

 

Biomass-to-chemicals
Over the past decade Claeris has witnessed the technical and commercial challenges many companies have faced in the conversion of biomass into valuable hydrocarbons and chemicals. After many years of diligence and scrutiny, Claeris has partnered with Leaf Resources Limited to commercialize their proprietary patented biomass conversion technology. Their process combines state of the art technology, depolymerization, and bioconversion utilizing standard industrial equipment to produce high value industrial chemicals, sugars and natural products from carbon-based inputs. Biomass inputs are focused on industrial waste streams, such as; palm waste, sugar cane bagasse, and wood among others. This low cost, high margin, disruptive technology enjoys favorable environmental benefits over traditional chemical production processes. The production process is modular and scalable, can be easily integrated into existing biomass processing operations, and upgrades existing feedstocks and process waste into valuable chemicals.