Sud-Chemie Enters Biodiesel Market as Manufacturer of Benefuel Catalysts

Global Chemical Giant Picks Illinois-Based Startup with Indian Technology



Jan 08, 2008, 00:00 ET from Benefuel, Inc.

    NEW DELHI, India and MT. PROSPECT, Ill., Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ --
 Benefuel, Inc., a new-generation biodiesel refining and distribution
 company, announced today an exclusive, world-wide manufacturing agreement
 with New Delhi-based Sud-Chemie India Pvt. Ltd. (SCIL), a joint venture of
 Munich, Germany-based Sud-Chemie AG, one of the world's largest catalyst
 companies. Under the terms of the manufacturing and supply agreement, SCIL
 will manufacture the proprietary catalysts for Benefuel's biodiesel
 production facilities around the world.
 
     "This partnership with SCIL validates the unique attributes of our
 catalyst technology and the ability of our business model to serve
 international markets," said Rob Tripp, CEO of Benefuel. "SCIL has decades
 of experience with catalyst manufacturing, including extensive experience
 in the chemicals market. We're proud that SCIL picked Benefuel for its
 first foray into the biodiesel industry."
 
     Benefuel's solid catalyst technology, developed by leading chemists and
 chemical engineers at India's prestigious National Chemical Laboratory
 (NCL), based in Pune, can turn most vegetable oils, animal fats or waste
 cooking oils directly into fatty acid methyl esters, without the need for
 costly pre-processing or post-process water washing. Benefuel's ENSEL (TM)
 process, which employs these catalysts, also produces a highly pure
 glycerin co-product. The purity of this glycerin permits its direct
 conversion into other commercially attractive chemicals or to
 pharmaceutical grade glycerin, providing an additional revenue stream for
 biodiesel manufacturers. The catalysts can also be used with long-chain
 alcohols to produce premium biolubricant base oils.
 
     "Sud-Chemie has long been active in the research, development and
 production of heterogeneous catalysts," said Arshia Lalljee, Managing
 Director of Sud-Chemie India, "and Benefuel's exclusive license to
 commercialize technology from NCL created an opportunity for SCIL to expand
 into new catalyst applications and to apply some of its own proprietary
 technologies to the biodiesel market. We are pleased to partner with NCL
 and Benefuel in commercializing the solid catalyst technology."
 
     In October, Benefuel announced plans to construct the world's first
 industrial-scale biodiesel refinery to use its novel, solid catalyst.
 Construction of the plant, to be located in Seymour, Ind., U.S., will begin
 in early 2008.
 
     About Benefuel, Inc.
 
     Benefuel, Inc. is a new-generation biodiesel refining and distribution
 company with a streamlined production process that allows for distributed
 and scalable biodiesel plants that leverage local resources, enable cost
 advantages for producers and distributors, and facilitate expansion of the
 biofuels market. Benefuel's proprietary catalytic technology-developed by a
 world-leading chemical engineering laboratory-eliminates the need for
 washing biodiesel in the refining process and expands the range of viable
 feedstock options to include high FFA animal fats, crude vegetable oils and
 waste oils, thus reducing the environmental footprint of biodiesel
 production and ensuring consistent access to feedstocks across developing
 markets. Benefuel's refining process yields a market-ready, 98% or higher,
 pure glycerin, eliminating the crude glycerin waste stream typically found
 in biodiesel production today and generating significant additional
 revenue.
 
     Media Contact:
 
     Lonnie Shekhtman, Antenna Group (for Benefuel)
 
     415-977-1917, lonnie@antennagroup.com
 
 
 

SOURCE Benefuel, Inc.
    NEW DELHI, India and MT. PROSPECT, Ill., Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ --
 Benefuel, Inc., a new-generation biodiesel refining and distribution
 company, announced today an exclusive, world-wide manufacturing agreement
 with New Delhi-based Sud-Chemie India Pvt. Ltd. (SCIL), a joint venture of
 Munich, Germany-based Sud-Chemie AG, one of the world's largest catalyst
 companies. Under the terms of the manufacturing and supply agreement, SCIL
 will manufacture the proprietary catalysts for Benefuel's biodiesel
 production facilities around the world.
 
     "This partnership with SCIL validates the unique attributes of our
 catalyst technology and the ability of our business model to serve
 international markets," said Rob Tripp, CEO of Benefuel. "SCIL has decades
 of experience with catalyst manufacturing, including extensive experience
 in the chemicals market. We're proud that SCIL picked Benefuel for its
 first foray into the biodiesel industry."
 
     Benefuel's solid catalyst technology, developed by leading chemists and
 chemical engineers at India's prestigious National Chemical Laboratory
 (NCL), based in Pune, can turn most vegetable oils, animal fats or waste
 cooking oils directly into fatty acid methyl esters, without the need for
 costly pre-processing or post-process water washing. Benefuel's ENSEL (TM)
 process, which employs these catalysts, also produces a highly pure
 glycerin co-product. The purity of this glycerin permits its direct
 conversion into other commercially attractive chemicals or to
 pharmaceutical grade glycerin, providing an additional revenue stream for
 biodiesel manufacturers. The catalysts can also be used with long-chain
 alcohols to produce premium biolubricant base oils.
 
     "Sud-Chemie has long been active in the research, development and
 production of heterogeneous catalysts," said Arshia Lalljee, Managing
 Director of Sud-Chemie India, "and Benefuel's exclusive license to
 commercialize technology from NCL created an opportunity for SCIL to expand
 into new catalyst applications and to apply some of its own proprietary
 technologies to the biodiesel market. We are pleased to partner with NCL
 and Benefuel in commercializing the solid catalyst technology."
 
     In October, Benefuel announced plans to construct the world's first
 industrial-scale biodiesel refinery to use its novel, solid catalyst.
 Construction of the plant, to be located in Seymour, Ind., U.S., will begin
 in early 2008.
 
     About Benefuel, Inc.
 
     Benefuel, Inc. is a new-generation biodiesel refining and distribution
 company with a streamlined production process that allows for distributed
 and scalable biodiesel plants that leverage local resources, enable cost
 advantages for producers and distributors, and facilitate expansion of the
 biofuels market. Benefuel's proprietary catalytic technology-developed by a
 world-leading chemical engineering laboratory-eliminates the need for
 washing biodiesel in the refining process and expands the range of viable
 feedstock options to include high FFA animal fats, crude vegetable oils and
 waste oils, thus reducing the environmental footprint of biodiesel
 production and ensuring consistent access to feedstocks across developing
 markets. Benefuel's refining process yields a market-ready, 98% or higher,
 pure glycerin, eliminating the crude glycerin waste stream typically found
 in biodiesel production today and generating significant additional
 revenue.
 
     Media Contact:
 
     Lonnie Shekhtman, Antenna Group (for Benefuel)
 
     415-977-1917, lonnie@antennagroup.com
 
 
 SOURCE Benefuel, Inc.