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Tim Eggeman
Chief Technology Officer, Founder, ZeaChem Inc.
Lakewood, CO, USA
Bioconversion Advances
Monday, September 13, 2010
2:00 - 2:30 pm

Increased emphasis is being placed on renewable, sustainable, domestic forms of energy, including transportation fuels and bio-based chemicals, at national, state and local levels. Successful deployment of alternative solutions to petroleum-based liquid fuels and chemicals is dependent upon technical, economic and environmental factors.

ZeaChem Inc. has developed a hybrid cellulose-based biorefinery platform capable of producing advanced biofuels and bio-based chemicals. This new approach provides significant technological, economic and environmental advantages compared to other, current biorefining processes.

ZeaChem’s cellulosic fuel and chemical technology is differentiated by a number of key elements:
1. The hybrid process – incorporating biochemical and thermochemical processes – delivers the highest theoretical yield of any biorefinery technology, a 40% advantage.
2. Use of proven technology and process components and a naturally occurring organism that does not produce CO2 during fermentation.
3. Focus on sustainable, dedicated energy crops and the technical ability of feedstock flexibility allows for geographic diversity of biorefinery locations.
4. Product flexibility of cellulosic biofuels and bio-based chemicals production to meet market demand for a wide range of renewable products.

ZeaChem has started construction on a 250,000 GPY cellulosic biorefinery in Boardman, Oregon. This facility, partially funded through a $25 million US DOE Integrated Biorefinery grant, is expected to be operational in 2011.

Tim is an expert chemical process modeler and is a co-inventor of the ZeaChem process. Prior to founding ZeaChem, Tim was an independent consultant serving clients in the biofuels, syngas and Fischer-Tropsch areas. He was Process Development Manager at Chronopol, where he supervised a group that developed manufacturing technology to produce biodegradable plastics based on polylactic acid. He also served as Process Design Engineer with the C.W. Nofsinger Company, where he worked on projects in the pharmaceutical, specialty chemical, corn wet milling, corn dry milling, and petroleum industries. Tim has numerous patents, a Ph.D. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kansas, and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Illinois. He is a licensed Professional Engineer.

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