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Greentech Investors Forum--ABS: a Bio-refinery replacing fossil fuels

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AB Sciences: Creating Better Clean Fuels and Valuable Chemicals from Trees

Can trees, corn, soy beans, sugar cane, switch grass and other plants replace petroleum as the source of fuels and chemicals in the 21st Century?

What petroleum refineries were to the 20th and 21st centuries, bio-refineries will be to the 21st and 22nd centuries—the sources of valuable fuels and chemicals. But with a monumental difference—they won’t contribute to Climate Change.

Syracuse-based Applied Biorefinery Sciences (or AB Sciences) is a leader in bio-refining. Eschewing enzymatic (bio-chemical) and gasification (thermos-chemical) process that destroy or discard chemical intermediaries generally in favor of a single target product, the company creates multiple products. It starts with wood and produces a variety of high-value products. One is torrified wood—a superior fuel and chemically-modified wood fibers that perform better than wood in combustion, paper making and fiberboard manufacturing.

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And it uses the rest of the woody material to create a variety of 5- and 6-carbon sugars that become intermediary chemicals for a variety high-value chemicals and chemical processes. AB Sciences prides itself on wringing every bit of economic value from that biomass. These sustainably-sourced chemicals include: readily fermentable sugars, non-sulfonated lignin, acetic acid, methanol, formic acid, and furfural. The sum of the values of all these products, sold to a number of industries, is multiples of the cost of the feedstock.

ABS sugars are readily fermentable, and this makes them desirable as a feedstock for the production of advanced biofuels. The cost of producing these sugars are small compared to competing technologies because ABS technology does not require large chemical inputs or expensive waste clean-up systems that are typical of other approaches.

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GIF thanks Investors Circle for its generous support, Geoff Miles, Chino Maduagwu, and Gary Kier for developing and operating GIF’s video, social media and design capabilities, Tonia Popke for her financial expertise, and Jesse Goldstein, PhD, for his continued support.

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All of the compounds recovered from the ABS biorefinery process exist naturally inside of lignocellulosic biomass, and were simply released, isolated, and purified. Producing a supply of chemicals in this manner will serve as a sustainable alternative to the technique of refining fossil fuels. Recovering these byproducts creates added value not previously realized by traditional forest industries.

AB Sciences processes are patented and the company has received support from NYSERDA and NYS economic development grants to construct a demonstration biorefinery in the Adirondacks capable of processing three tons per day of forest residuals, wringing every bit of economic value from that biomass.

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Disclaimer: The Greentech Investors Forum (GIF) is not soliciting funds for the presenting companies, nor is it encouraging parties to invest in them. We try to find good companies—not necessarily good investments. They have been advised on what is acceptable in terms of predicted results, but GIF takes no responsibility for what they actually do, say, or how they perform in the future.

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Agenda:

8:00 to 8:30 - Networking & light breakfast

8:30 to 9:10 - Jonathan Hollander, PhD, Director of Business Development

9:10 to 9:300 - TBA

9:30 to 10:00 - Discussion

Security: Security is tight, so please register early. If there is a problem at the Security Desk, please contact Gelvin Stevenson at 917-599-6089.

Jonathan L. Hollander, PhD, Director of Business Development

Dr. Hollander has more than 10 years of experience as a technological innovator and educator, having focused on such topics as semiconductor physics, polymer chemistry, and energy efficient lighting policy. He has advised for-profit start-ups delivering high social impact with particular interest in companies that focus on sustainability and empower local communities through economic development opportunities. He currently holds an Adjunct Assistant Professorship from SUNY-ESF.

Having been twice awarded prestigious scholarships for graduate study at the University of Cambridge, the Gates Scholarship and the Churchill Scholarship. Dr. Hollander matriculated there to pursue his PhD in Materials Science and MPhil in Physics. Dr. Hollander earned his BS in Materials Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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