I have 15 minutes before I leave for school so let me squeeze in this news from LS9 that came in yesterday about their successful scale-up production from 1,000 liters to 20,000 liters-scale in the company’s pilot facility in California.
LS9 said it has utilized a 20-fold step-up process to produce approximately one ton of a specific chemical for its strategic partner, Procter & Gamble.
I still don’t know what specific chemicals the company is working on but if readers recall, LS9 is also working with HCL CleanTech to improve and demonstrate an integrated process for converting biomass feedstocks into fermentable sugars.
LS9 is also working with Chevron Technology Ventures to produce specific hydrocarbon products.
LS9 said it expects to make additional runs at the 20,000 liter level through the first quarter of 2012, and then increase production to 50,000 liters for both their chemicals and fuels products.
LS9 is currently retrofitting its facility in Okeechobee, Florida. which will have a 135,000 liter fermentation vessel. This facility is expected to be online by the first quarter of 2012. LS9 said the facility will be a stepping stone to a commercial plant, which would require only a 4 or 5-fold further increase in scale.