Quadrise has announced a joint development agreement with lignin biofuel specialist Vertoro.
Vertoro is a supplier of sustainable biomass-based biofuels extracted from agricultural and forestry residues using their proprietary Goldilocks® technology.
GEM® is a crude lignin oil that is a potential alternative to methanol and is being developed in conjunction with Maersk and CSO™ is an advanced crude sugar oil that's a water soluble by-product of the Goldilocks® process.
Under the agreement, the company and Vertoro will collaborate in seeking to progress the use of Vertoro's CSO™ as a potential cost-effective supplement or alternative to glycerine in Quadrise's bioMSAR™ fuel.
Quadrise has successfully produced stable blends of CSO™ based bioMSAR™ emulsions at laboratory scale at the Quadrise Research Facility, with diesel engine tests now being jointly planned during the next 12 months.
Jason Miles, CEO of QFI, said: "Quadrise is delighted to have signed this agreement with Vertoro, having worked with their team for over a year.
“Lignin-based fuels are potentially the most price competitive net-zero biofuel solutions and this joint collaboration fits well with our plans to commercialise bioMSAR™ with MSC Shipmanagement and others, as well as advancing our programme to supply net-zero bioMSAR™ by 2030.
“Vertoro's CSO™ combined with Quadrise's bioMSAR™ technology offers a compelling solution for the marine sector to accelerate decarbonisation and emissions reduction efforts economically and safely."
Michael Boot, co-founder and CEO of Vertoro, added: "Sugar has been Mother Nature's fuel of choice for over 3 billion years. Today, we announce a unique pathway to use our crude sugar oil, produced from sustainable forestry and agricultural 2G biomass residues, as a drop-in for heavy fuel oil-based biofuels through this new partnership with Quadrise."
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