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THE LXP STORY - BIOENERGY 2.0

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Year after year, colossal quantities of hitherto economically unused biogenic raw and residual materials are created all over the world. At the same time, biomass which could be used in foodstuffs is consumed wholesale in order to generate energy. With its patented technology, the LXP Group eliminates this contradiction for good:

For the first time, wooden biomass which was previously considered worthless can be tapped efficiently and cost-effectively to produce cellulose and lignin for further processing. The cellulose can be used directly in biogas plants to generate energy or also converted into higher grade chemical products such as sugar, its chemical derivatives or bioethanol.
At the same time, natural, sulfur-free lignin is produced as the starting material for a wide range of at least partly disruptive products in numerous industries.

Both process streams are influential in the drive towards critical environmental and climate protection goals and can also improve the food situation internationally.

Construction and operation of the novel LXP plants offer immediately attractive, future-proof business models for operators of existing biogas plants, owners of 2G biomass, builders of new biogas and bioethanol plants, and private and institutional investors.

WHAT WE DO

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Unlocking the potential of 2G biomass for more efficient, more sustainable biofuel and biochemical production.

Our proprietry process ‘gently’ cracks 2G biomass toproduce cellulose and natural lignin for processing into disruptive drop-in chemical replacements and advanced biofuels.

OUR VISION

COMPANY

Become the global leader in CO2 neutral cellulose and sugar production and derived biofuels and chemical products.
Establish the LXP-prozess and plants globaly in order to ensure access to sustainable energy.
Lignin-supply to replace the fossil-based chemicals and gain sustainable produced products.

KEY STRATEGIES

Brand entry through the implementation of the first LXP-plants in the biogas sector (10k to/a). Subsequent scaling up to 350k to/a of cellulose and sugar + lignin
Stay focused on the availability of 2G raw materials to establish the LXP-process in the right environment
Licensing of the LXP Process for easy use and faster scaling
Implementation of the natural Lignin trading business to gain the market preeminence

COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE

Technology advantage – one of thefirst companies worldwide which developed and patented the digestion of 2G biomass for further processing to amorphous cellulose and natural lignin.
Worldwide applicability –Scalable technology that can digest a wide variety of different biomasses.
First ever – seperation of natural lignin for a wide range of applications in bioplastics, biochemicals and food industry .

THE CHALLANGE

Today 7 billion Tons of highly valued biomass are not or insufficiently utilized very year.

Every year, something like seven billion tons of lignified biomass from agriculture and forestry worldwide have been barely used or entirely unused because until now there was no economically viable way to utilize these materials.

They are left to rot in the open air, emitting CO2, or they have to be disposed of. Meanwhile, the global trend away from fossil fuels means that promising products such as biomethane, biofuels or
biobased chemicals are today produced primarily from the starch and sugar in renewable, first-generation raw materials which would be suitable for human and animal food (maize, wheat, sugar beet, sugar cane, for example). However, these materials are urgently needed to feed the world’s growing population. Reason and government regulations are therefore placing the users of 1G biomass under increasing pressure.

Energy and Fuel are mainly obtained from fossil raw materials

The CO2 emission from fossil fuel and energy is around 37 bn tonnes every year while energy and fuel from 2G raw material is still not commonly estabilished.

State of the art „green“ Bioethanol and Biomethane are not sustainable

Currently 1G raw materials are used for the porduction of bioethanol and biomethane. Hereby, energy crops planted on agricultural land and thus these areas are blocked for food production.

2G
raw materials keep
unutilized

Raw materials such as greencut, bagasse, empty fruit bunches, straw or wood waste contain valuable cellulose and natural lignin are currently wasted or discarded.

LXP-LIGNIN

The game changer in sustainable energy!

We have developed and patented (49 patents) a proprietary technology that “gently” dissolves the structural bonds of 2G biomass, making available the main components cellulose, hemicellulose (both complex sugars) and natural lignin.

THE SOLUTION

LXP converts biomass waste residues to high value-added biofuels and bio-based chemicals.
In order to resolve this contradiction efficiently and profitably, scientists of the LXP Group have developed the LXP technology, with which it is possible now to use 2nd generation (2G) cellulo-se-containing feedstocks such as straw, green waste or agricultural residues

– and in future 3G as well, e.g., forestry and residential waste – to replace foodstuffs for competitive energy use and to obtain valuable industrial feedstock.
Compared to competing, traditional petrochemical and 1G biomass processes, the LXP solution not only oers a bio-bonus, it is also signicantly more economical and sustainable.

We have developed and patented (49 patents) a proprietary technology that “gently” dissolves the structural bonds of 2G biomass, making available the main components cellulose, hemicellulose (both complex sugars) and natural lignin.

THE PRINCIPLE

In this technology, which is protected by extensive industrial property rights, two different material streams are advantageously combined in a closed cycle via a separate upstream LXP plant in close proximity to a conventional biogas plant: Cellulose and lignin are recovered from the wooden biomass by very gentle splitting.

The cellulose contains no inhibitors and is ideally suited for high-yield biological conversion into biomethane or sugar, and subsequently into bioethanol, novel plastics and building materials.
The high-quality by-product lignin is sulfur-free, with a purity level of about 90%, and only a very low content of carbohydrates and minerals. Therefore, it can be converted into a wide range of bio-based chemicals in various industries.

The LXP process operates with no unusable residues; the residual materials produced are suitable for fertilizer production. It will contribute significantly to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and to the further reduction of CO2 emissions worldwide.
The biogas sector is ideal for the initial introduction of the technology, as the immediately fully functional, simple but highly effective combined bioprocessing environment generates substantial benefits even in the first application steps. Biomethane and bioethanol producers are thus able to produce sustainable, highly competitive products using 2- and 3G biomass, thereby meeting future regulatory and economic framework conditions and fulfilling the requirements of the EU RED 2 Directive.

THE STATUS QUO

The LXP development cycle is largely completed. The technology has already delivered convincing evidence of functional capability. The LXP Group is now a company in the world with a proprietary process that enables the separation of energy-containing cellulose and lignin at low temperature and low pressure in a closed loop, recovering all inputs.

Other processes operate at higher temperatures, so they need more energy and cannot process a comparable range of wood-containing raw materials.

Practical tests were already successfully completed in 2015 after the laboratory phase, with a plant prototype at the company’s headquarters in Berlin-Teltow.
For the first industrial verification of the technology, in early 2020 a demonstration plant with a biomass (dry matter) capacity of 500 t/a which substitutes 1500 t/a of corn silage began operations in the immediate vicinity of an existing biogas plant in Straubing (Bavaria) in the presence of the Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs.

Besides a number of other purposes, LXP Group uses this plant to show jointly with customers and partners that today’s starch-based method for producing bioethanol from wheat and rye can be partially or completely replaced with LXP cellulose.

The LXP plant is able to produce about 10 t lignin per year, and enables testing of process scaling with various raw materials.

THE OUTLOOK

LXP technology has been shown to be flexible to operate and easily scalable, in terms of both plant size and feedstocks. In the first step, it offers crucial advantages for existing biogas plants having a capacity from 1.5 to 10 MW or 20,000-50,000 t/a biomass input.
All of them can be combined with an LXP preprocessing plant. Together with a globally active engineering firm, the LXP Group has already developed a basic engineering package for this purpose.
The high-quality by-product lignin is sulfur-free, with a purity level of about 90%, and only a very low content of carbohydrates and minerals. Therefore, it can be converted into a wide range of bio-based chemicals in various industries.

The LXP process operates with no unusable residues; the residual materials produced are suitable for fertilizer production. It will contribute significantly to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and to the further reduction of CO2 emissions worldwide.
The biogas sector is ideal for the initial introduction of the technology, as the immediately fully functional, simple but highly effective combined bioprocessing environment generates substantial benefits even in the first application steps.

Biomethane and bioethanol producers are thus able to produce sustainable, highly competitive products using 2- and 3G biomass, thereby meeting future regulatory and economic framework conditions and fulfilling the requirements of the EU RED 2 Directive.

THE OPPORTUNITIES

The markets

In every single case, the LXP technology leads to an improved energetic yield situation of the classic biogas process, because now for the first time woody plants can be included in their entirety in the gas production process, as well as other biogenic feedstocks that are available at low cost.

Moreover, the two abovementioned material flows constitute supplementary sources of added value: The sales potential for products based on 2G cellulose is immense: the market for bioethanol alone is estimated to be around $65 billion,

the market for 1,4-butanediol about $6 billion, for adipic acid around $5 billion and for acrylic acid around $11 billion. Other bio-based product markets, such as polylactic acid (PLA) at $600 million and succinic acid at $200 million, are currently growing at a much faster rate than average.

For the first time, additional cash flow from the extracted lignin will also be capitalized. Already today, the natural substance can be used, among other things,

for the production of phenolic resins (market volume approx. $8 billion) or for the production of bitumen.

All in all, in the agricultural sector the LXP technology leads to drastically increased added value from residue materials, but it can also be used to exploit residential garden waste and other residues.

Specific investment costs per ton of cellulose and lignin will decrease significantly as the number and size of producing plants increases.
The offer
The new opportunities are particularly attractive for companies or agricultural communities that generate large amounts of biomass, which they have been composting and/or feeding into a biogas plant.

Nationwide and also internationally (USA, Latin America, Asia), especially larger agricultural businesses that have previously unused or low-yielding wooden biomass will be particularly attracted.
In many cases, plant operators in Germany are currently grappling with the fact that state subsidies under the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) will expire after 20 years.
They now have a realistic opportunity to secure the continued economic operation of their systems on a qualitatively new basis, even without subsidies.
Private and institutional investors specializing in the development of promising future technologies can participate in the success of LXP technology by enabling the company to grow further and / or invest in new systems.

The numerous markets that can be served at competitive costs, each with a volume in the billions, the comprehensively patented, highly scalable and low-risk technology, the broad range of commercialization options and the assured high additional value creation, as well as the convincing unique selling propositions and the lack of equal competitors, all speak in favor of an investment.

Given the potential for global roll-out, EXIT stakeholders from the sector of international energy production, chemical and biomass plant operators are anticipated.

THE COMPANY

LXP Group GmbH was founded in 2012. It is headquartered in Teltow, a long-standing and respected research and industrial location immediately on the southern outskirts of Berlin.
The company’s management organization includes:

Volker Bauer

Managing Director

Dr. Bauer is a chemist with more than 25 years of management and development experience in the chemical industry. Among other things, he was a member of the management board and COO of a German company with annual sales of 500 million Euros; he has been active as a business angel for many years.

Zino Soyka

Controlling, HR, Accounting

After successfully completing his Master’s degree in International Management and Business Administration, Mr. Soyka worked for many years in Controlling and Strategic Development for companies in the chemical industry and energy sector.
The management team is effectively supported by an advisory board of qualified and experienced specialists:

J. Kosch
Board Member/GP,
MIG Verwaltungs AG

Dr. H. J. Wernicke
former VC & COO,
SüdChemie AG

M. Baumgartner
former CEO,
Avia Mineralöl AG

Prof. Dr. G. Schembecker
Chair of Bioprocess Engineering at the Technical University of Dortmund.

LXP Group GmbH is VC-financed. Investors currently include two closed-end MIG funds of HMW Emissionshaus AG (Pullach/Bay.), as well as the KfW banking group and several business angels.
YOUR DIRECT CONTACT
We would be delighted to provide you with more details, give you personal information, and jointly examine possibilities for a possible cooperation.
Please contact us:

Dr. Volker Bauer
CEO
volker.bauer@lxp-group.com
+49 (162) 4024333

Mr. Zino Sokya
 
zino.soyka@lxp-group.com
+49 (157) 31426004