Privately-held Sundrop Fuels is a globally-focused bio-based fuel and chemicals company, with headquarters in Longmont, Colorado. The company is building what will be the world’s single-largest biogasoline production facility, located near Alexandria, Louisiana. Sundrop Fuels’ inaugural plant will incorporate its proprietary high-temperature Sundrop BioReforming Reactor system, which transforms cellulosic biomass from almost any type of plant material into affordable, renewable fuels for immediate use in today’s automobiles, diesel engines and aircraft. The technology is also well-suited for the production of bio-based chemicals, from biomass alone and with natural gas or other carbon feedstocks. In a world where it is increasingly critical to combine fuel supply security, economic stability and environmental stewardship, Sundrop Fuels provides an elegant and commercially viable solution that is as timely as it is innovative.
Unlike other biofuels production methods that burn considerable amounts of feedstock to generate the heat needed for gasification, Sundrop Fuels has the first process that converts virtually all of the biomass used into actual fuel. This efficiency positions the company to compete directly with petroleum products by producing ultra-clean renewable advanced biofuels for an estimated unsubsidized cost of less than $2 per gallon.
As importantly, Sundrop Fuels’ product lifecycle reduces significantly the amount of greenhouse gas released into the atmosphere as compared to today's petroleum-based fuels.
For these and many other reasons, Sundrop Fuels technology represents the best possible use of the world’s critical environmental, economic and energy resources.
Core elements of our unique technology were developed by and are licensed through the University of Colorado Boulder and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Sundrop Fuels’ predecessor company, Solarec, began developing concentrated solar technology a decade ago with scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory. In 2008, Sundrop Fuels also acquired Copernican Energy, a University of Colorado technology transfer company involved in solar-thermal biomass-to-gas conversion systems.
Sundrop Fuels is backed by our strategic partner, Chesapeake Energy Corp., and by two of the world’s premier venture groups, Oak Investment Partners and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. The company’s management team is led by recognized, highly accomplished industry veterans from the energy, chemical, solar and technology fields.
The best possible use of the world’s economic, environmental and energy resources.
Our advanced biofuels technology offers countless environmental, infrastructure and consumer benefits for the new energy economy.
- Scalable to vast production levels that will contribute significantly toward reducing the nation’s dependence on fossil fuels while helping to meet booming demands for clean, renewable fuels.
- Can produce clean, renewable fuels using any plant material – wood, grass, agricultural waste — as feedstock, giving states and communities new flexibility to resolve the complex controversies of responsible land management and energy crop development.
- Clean, renewable drop-in fuels that literally replace petroleum products because they are one hundred percent compatible with the world’s existing automobiles, trucks, aircraft, pipelines and distribution infrastructure.
- Less expensive than petroleum gasoline and other petroleum fuels, even without government subsidies.
- Game-changing production efficiency that can produce more gallons of green fuel per ton of renewable biomass than other biofuels processes.
- A field-to-fuel lifecycle that reduces greenhouse gas compared to petroleum gasoline.
- Ultra-high temperature process that avoids the problem of tar formation found in other gasification methods.
- Maximizes synthesis gas production by integrating clean, abundant natural gas with biomass feedstock, facilitating the most efficient utilization of hydrogen from both the biomass and natural gas to produce higher yields than any other biomass process.