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By Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc. | July 07, 2021

Fulcrum BioÉnergie Inc., a pioneer in the production of low-carbon fuels, announced on July 6 that it had completed construction of the world’s first commercial-scale plant converting household waste into low-cost, carbon-free transportation fuels. Through Fulcrum’s revolutionary process, the Sierra BioFuels plant located east of Reno, Nevada, will convert 175,000 tonnes of prepared municipal solid waste (MSW) into approximately 11 million gallons of carbon-free syncrude per year, which will then be transformed into transportation fuels such as sustainable aviation fuel, renewable diesel and renewable gasoline – Fulcrum Fuel. With construction complete, start-up and commissioning of the plant has started and fuel production is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Fulcrum Fuel has been patented and fully certified as an alternative fuel for airplanes, cars and trucks, with improved performance over conventional petroleum-based fuels. Fulcrum’s ongoing growth program will have a particular focus on decarbonizing air travel by providing the airline industry with the company’s sustainable zero carbon (SAF) aviation fuel.

“Completing construction is a monumental milestone not only for Fulcrum and our dedicated team who have worked tirelessly to make Sierra a reality, but also for our shared commitment to the environment and our local communities,” said Eric Pryor, President and CEO of Fulcrum. “The Fulcrum fuel produced in Sierra will divert hundreds of thousands of tonnes of waste from a local landfill each year, while helping our customers meet their net zero carbon emissions targets. We couldn’t be more proud to bring the world’s first waste. the fuels plant online in the coming months.

As the world’s first and only supplier of fuel made from garbage, Fulcrum’s proprietary process for waste transportation fuels diverts large volumes of DSM from local landfills and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by more than 100% based on life cycle. In addition to providing solutions to the ever increasing challenges of waste disposal, Fulcrum Fuel is an environmentally friendly, cost effective and certified alternative to petroleum-based fuel for industries such as aviation seeking solutions to climate change. Fulcrum has patented the processes and systems for converting organics in municipal solid waste into Fischer-Tropsch liquids and improved transportation fuel products.

Beyond Sierra, Fulcrum’s extensive business growth program has identified eight future plant sites in the United States with the capacity to produce more than 400 million gallons of self-service transportation fuel each year. Fulcrum has secured raw materials for Sierra and future factories from its waste management service partners and has fuel take-off agreements with strategic partners including BP, United Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines, World Fuel Services and Marubeni.

The company’s next project – the Centerpoint Biofuels Plant – will be located in Gary, Indiana, with household solid waste from the greater Chicago area and northern Indiana. Fulcrum has secured the biorefinery site, completed the initial engineering and submitted permits for Centerpoint, which will have three times Sierra’s capacity, producing approximately 35 million gallons of transportation fuel per year. The Company is also finalizing the site selection for its third project, which will be located in the Houston / Gulf Coast area, with a planned capacity to also produce 35 million gallons of certified zero carbon fuel per year. In addition, Fulcrum is working with its partners to develop projects to transform waste into fuel in certain international markets.


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