Steeper Energy and Aalborg University Open New  

Hydrothermal Liquefaction Facility in Denmark


Steeper Energy and the Energy Technology Biomass Programme at Aalborg University opened a new hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) facility designed to test feedstocks for a new chemical fuel technology, known as Hydrofaction™. This new technology can create synthetic oil out of biomass, peat or lignite coal.

The new Aalborg facility was inaugurated last week and is designed and constructed by Steeper Energy Aps. The facility is a continuous bench scale model of larger commercial systems to be built within the next few years. The new HTL bio-oil facility will be an ideal laboratory to test a variety of renewable feedstocks, such as excess straws from grain or oil-seed crops, palm and sugar-cane residues, manures, forestry wastes, and algae as well as young fossil organics such as peat or lignite coal.

The project was partly supported through a grant awarded by Denmark’s Ministry of Climate, Energy and Building under the EUDP programme and boasts a variety of international industrial and research partners including the University of Alberta, as well as Shell, Man Diesel and Scandinavian Airlines.

VIP guests at the opening included Connie Hedegaard, EU Commissioner for Climate Action, André François Giroux, Canadian Ambassador to Denmark, Jeffrey Sundquist, special envoy to the EU from Alberta, Canada and Ulla Astman, Chair of the Northern Jutland Regional Council and Chair for the region’s health committee.

Both Steeper Energy Aps and the ET Biomass Programme will conduct research at Aalborg. Steeper has plans to commercialize its Hydrofaction™ technology in North America through Calgary-based Steeper Energy Canada Ltd. A thirty times larger pilot-scale project is planned for Alberta in early 2014 and a full-scale commercial demonstration could be under construction by 2016.

“Steeper Energy is delighted to partner with Aalborg University to advance a new generation of Hydrofaction™ technology,” says Perry Toms, CEO of Steeper Energy Aps. “We hope that this will be the start of Hydrofaction™ becoming an important part of the alternative fuel supply spectrum in both Europe and North America.”

Invest in Denmark has been in close dialogue with Steeper during the last year and introduced Steeper to various research partners including Aalborg University. Pia Olsen Dyhr, Danish Minister for Trade and Investment welcomes the establishment of a new R&D facility:

- “The Danish Government has taken significant steps in supporting the research, development and demonstration of new energy technologies and continues working to improve the conditions for doing business in Denmark. I am very pleased that Steeper Energy is utilizing these opportunities, advancing Danish research into commercial applications.”

Dr. Lasse Rosendahl from the Energy Technology Biomass Programme at Aalborg University agrees:
- "Aalborg is particularly pleased to be advancing the science of sustainable bio-oil conversion using hydro-thermal liquefaction chemistry."

-"The bio-oil centre is a unique private-public partnership between the University, Steeper and a large group of international participants that will drive our joint research into commercial applications in the shortest possible timeframe."

About Steeper Energy

Steeper Energy Aps is a Danish-based technology development and licensing company, created to bring its 4th generation Hydrofaction™ system to the market utilizing 11 patents pending. Steeper Energy Canada Ltd. is a commercialization and project development company that holds an exclusive license to exploit Hydrofaction™ technology in North America. Both companies are working to create clean oil from abundant natural resources.

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