Trillium, Zeton to design sustainable acrylonitrile demonstration plant
The Trillium-Zeton partnership kicks off the design phase of Project Falcon, which paves the way for low-carbon footprint apparel, toys, cars, medical gloves, planes, and many more products.
Knoxville-based Trillium is pioneering the development of a new chemical manufacturing process to produce acrylonitrile from glycerol. Zeton is the world leader in the design and fabrication of demonstration plants and small modular production plants. The Trillium-Zeton partnership kicks off the design phase of Project Falcon, which paves the way for low-carbon footprint apparel, toys, cars, medical gloves, planes, and many more products.
Following a $10.6 million Series A financing round in December 2022 and a $2.5 million award from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office in June 2022, Trillium successfully built a pilot plant that produced acrylonitrile from glycerol. Trillium’s pilot plant continues to operate and will provide product samples to customers for validation. Information collected during these pilot trials will be used to design the Falcon plant.
“We are thrilled to partner with Zeton in the next stage of our commercialization journey,” said Erik Scher, Trillium’s newly appointed Board Chair. “Demonstrating Trillium’s technology at a larger scale will allow our customers to verify product quality at scale, a key milestone in our path to becoming a leading producer of renewable chemicals.”
“With its breakthrough glycerol to acrylonitrile technology, Trillium is leading the way in sustainable chemicals manufacture,” said Dr. Leisl Dukhedin-Lalla, President and Chief Executive Officer of Zeton, Inc. “Zeton is proud to have been chosen by Trillium to design the Falcon plant, and is looking forward to accelerating the commercialization of this technology by delivering this landmark project.”
Operation of Project Falcon will be used to verify process economics and product carbon footprint at a large scale. New focus will be given to achieving operational performance criteria (e.g., plant uptime), demonstration of key equipment in final form, and successful qualification as a supplier of acrylonitrile.