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Texas Biomass Conversions (TBC), LLC is seeking a financial partner who has the desire to enter the exciting and sustainable, bio-refining growth market to become a world leader in processing low value biomass into high value products. In answering the world’s consumer demands for alternative fossil fuel methods, industry has become fixated in turning biomass into ethanol and other fuel energy.
While this is an important use for biomass, there are higher value uses of biomass that address significant national and world demands in the food, health and chemical markets. Each market desires more efficient and creative methods and resources to address consumer needs. TBC is committed to addressing those needs through its proprietary processes.
TBC has developed a unique and powerful pathway to abundant, low cost sugars that can be economically converted to high value specialty sugars, fuels and organic chemicals. Converting low value biomass such as sugarcane bagasse to higher value products that are in demand and are economically viable and extremely lucrative today.
To verify its research, TBC built a pilot plant in Kyle, Texas. This plant has economically converted lingo-cellulosic material (biomass) into three products: xylose, lignin and glucose. We are presently working on converting xylose to xylitol, purifying the lignin and converting glucose to erythritol. Erythritol is a low calorie natural sweetener. It tastes like table sugar, yet with almost no calories. It is currently used in candies, chocolate, yogurt, fillings, and as a general sugar substitute. Xylitol is a low calorie natural sweetener safe for diabetics. It is currently extracted from birch wood and corn cobs. It is used in chewing gum, and as a sugar substitute. Xylitol has been found useful in decreasing dental cavities. There is a market for use in both food and drug products (i.e. dental and pharmaceuticals). Lignin is the most abundant natural raw material available on earth in terms of solar energy storage. The use of solvent grade lignin as an alternative non-fossil resource is new. The potential is high for its future use as an alternative green resource to many petroleum-derived products that require a high grade solvent lignin to enhance their end products. While other companies obtain and produce their products from more expensive natural resources such as corn stocks, birch trees and corn starch, TBC will utilize agriculture waste from sugarcane bagasse and rice hulls. TBC has already received a letter of intent from one of the largest producers of sugarcane in Louisiana to sell its excess supply (~50,000 wet tons annually) of bagasse waste from sugarcane which “it currently has no use for, and therefore has to dispose of it.” TBC through the use of its proprietary processes in converting inexpensive sugarcane bagasse into specialty sugars and lignin estimates gross profit margins greater than 50%. We will accomplish these margins through our two-phased approach:
Phase 1. Biorefinery Facility in LA Obtain a loan of $10,000,000 from an investment partner and $15,000,000 though the USDA Biorefinery Manufacturing Assistance Program for a total of $25,000,000. The USDA program insures the mortgages with an 80% loan-to- value ratio up to $250,000,000. These funds will be utilized to design, build, and operate TBC’s first biorefinery located in Assumption Parish, Louisiana. The location of this manufacturing facility will be located near the Lula-Westfield, LLC sugar mills where the sugarcane bagasse is produced and stored. TBC will be the first biomass refinery plant of its kind in Louisiana. This plant will perfect the process of economically producing erythritol, xylitol and lignin from sugarcane bagasse. The timeline will be to complete construction in the second quarter of 2017, and begin manufacturing the third quarter of 2017.
Phase 2. Expand Biorefineries in US and Potential World Markets With the proven technical and business successes generated from the LA facility, TBC will begin in late 2018 to locate other areas of interest following the same model of utilizing inexpensive sugarcane bagasse stored at other sugar factories in the US, India, China, Central and South America. TBC will also develop a “bolt-on” plant for existing US grain ethanol facilities, converting them from corn starch based plants to economical TBC is committed to improving the world’s health, food, chemical and energy needs through alternative inexpensive green resources. It has the proprietary processes, committed natural resources, science, engineering and business leadership to be a world leader in the affordable conversion of low value biomass into higher value products.
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