The Business Opportunity
Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is seeking expressions of interest from biorefinery developers, process developers, licensors to oil refineries, and diesel additive producers to become our licensee to lead commercialization of NRCan’s patented SUPERCETANE process which yields a hydrocarbon-based fuel that can be used as a high-cetane diesel fuel blending stock. SUPERCETANE may be commercialized to end-users including rendering firms, oil refineries, diesel fuel producers and biorefineries in Canada and around the world.
What is SUPERCETANE?
The production of diesel fuel from renewable sources was pursued in response to climate change, a desire to develop markets for agricultural products, and to encourage production of drop-in renewable diesel fuels that are fully compatible with current transportation fuels and infrastructure. The production of biodiesel from vegetable oils and yellow grease via esterification processes is a first generation biofuel with problematic cold flow properties. For this reason, regulations in Canada limit biodiesel to 2% in diesel fuel in Canada. NRCan’s patented process yields SUPERCETANE, a drop-in hydrocarbon-based fuel which can be used in higher concentrations as high-cetane diesel fuel blending stock.
Advantages of NRCan’s SUPERCETANE process:
- Ability to process a wide variety of feedstocks, including high free fatty acid (FFA) materials;
- Yields SUPERCETANE product which contains a high cetane number (~100) and low sulphur content (less than 10 ppm);
- The SUPERCETANE product is very stable, presenting no storage stability issues;
- It is fully compatible with petroleum-derived diesel fuels at all concentration eliminating blending problems;
- Yields a higher cetane diesel fuel than esterification processes;
- Reductions in diesel exhaust emissions of NOx, particulates, hydrocarbons and carbon dioxide; and
- Production of useable hydrocarbon by-products that are suited to petroleum refinery streams.
Information about the SUPERCETANE technology can be found at the following links:
NRCan Website: http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy/efficiency/industry/processes/energy-systems/5615
US Patent #7754931
Canadian Patent #2621231
Mexican Patent #305480
Australian Patent #2006294366
Expressions of Interest
NRCan invites interested companies to submit a business plan as outlined in Appendix A: Required Business Plan Format by November 30, 2017 to the contact below.
Please note that the deadline for business plans has been extended until January 5, 2018.
Please note that the deadline for this opportunity has passed and NRCan is no longer accepting expressions of interest.
Intellectual Property Division
Natural Resources Canada
Appendix A: Business Plan Required Format
Experience /success in the industry
- Short-term objectives
- Long-term objectives
Market, Customer, and Competition Analysis
Market opportunity, size and trends
Key customer bases
Production and Marketing Plan
Marketing and sales strategy
Five year cash flow forecast
Capital cost estimates
Profit margin targets
Proposed royalty structure
Implementation and Operating Considerations
Risks and assumptions
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