MixAlco® is an advanced bio-refining technology used by Terrabon's experienced staff of chemical engineers to convert low-cost, readily available, non-food, non-sterile biomass into valuable chemical precursors such as organic acids, ketones and secondary alcohols that can be processed into renewable hydrocarbon fuels.
This technology has been developed over the past 15 years by Dr. Mark Holtzapple, Professor of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University. Terrabon has funded development of the technology and its intellectual property since 1995. Currently, this includes 12 U.S. patents and more than 17 U.S. patent applications as well as numerous others in international markets. Terrabon holds the only world-wide licensing rights from Texas A&M for this unique acid fermentation technology.
MixAlco® can use such feedstocks as municipal solid waste, sewage sludge, forest product residues including wood chips, wood molasses and other wood waste and non-edible energy crops such as sweet sorghum. The technology uses conventional non-sterile anaerobic digestion and well-established chemistry, resulting in capital and operating costs that are lower than other biochemical or thermochemical technologies.