Mercurius Biorefining, Inc
Developing technology that will be the lowest cost conversion process to turn biomass into drop-in jet fuel and diesel.
4(a)(6) offering provided by Netcapital Funding Portal, Inc. and 506(c) offering provided by Livingston Securities, Inc.
Introducing Mercurius Biorefining, Inc
Mercurius is developing and scaling up REACH technology, the low cost process to turn biomass into jet fuel and diesel. REACH stands for Renewable Acid-hydrolysis Condensation Hydrotreating and is inherently more capital efficient than competing technologies. We believe REACH will be a very important climate change mitigation technology in the very near future.
Through a process of novel applications of existing technology, Mercurius is developing a non-fermentation, non-alcohol based, “faster ~cheaper~ better” method of producing profitable drop-in biofuels. Mercurius uses a proprietary, patent pending technology called Renewable Acid-hydrolysis Condensation Hydrotreating (“REACH”) to make profitable drop-in hydrocarbon liquid fuels.
Mercurius simultaneously addresses five key issues:
- The urgent need for a reliable, economic, scalable, domestic drop-in biofuel;
- The production of biofuels within a highly profitable business platform;
- The ongoing need to produce biofuels from non-food biomass feedstocks;
- The reduction of economically unsustainable dependency on foreign oil;
- The production of fuels with a near carbon neutral method.
The Mercurius hydrocarbon diesel and jet fuel will be drop-in compatible with existing fuel infrastructure. It can also produce a diesel range, high cetane additive for diesel blenders. In addition, Mercurius will produce high-value, specialty chemical products including: furfural, formic acid, and ethyl levulinate. The market for liquid fuels is the single largest addressable commodity market within the U.S. economy. Total liquid fuels sales in the US are over 200 billion gallons / year. The minimum addressable market for Mercurius’ domestic biofuel products is defined by federal government mandates. The Renewable Fuel Standard 2 (RFS2) has certain mandates for gallons of advanced biofuels to be sold in 2013, ramping up to 21 billion gallons in 2022. At $4/gallon wholesale value these volumes produce $84 billion in revenue by 2022. Outside of mandates, the Department of Defense has indicated a desire to rapidly decrease its dependence on petroleum based fuels for both the Navy and the US Air Force and stands to be a major customer for Mercurius. Many commercial airlines are also seeking renewable alternatives and will be potential customers. With superior production and cost structures, Mercurius will be well positioned to capture significant market share.
- Superior economics
We believe Mercurius has the technology and processes that will make the production of cellulosic biofuels profitable while meeting the needs of the diesel and jet fuel markets and satisfying government requirements. Management estimates there to be a 2-3x cost advantage over competing technologies both as to capital costs as well as an advantage in operating costs.
- Selected by Department of Energy for funding
Due to the promise of its technology, Mercurius was awarded $4.6 million in matching funds by the DOE to build its 10 MTPD pilot plant for the production of drop-in jet fuel and diesel, beating out numerous others in a highly competitive landscape. Update: Nearly $1.0 million of the grant funds was used to greatly improve the back-up data and optimization of multiple steps of the REACH process. The DOE grant is no longer active. Proven, proprietary, patent-pending process that uses well known processes. The REACH technology is proven on a bench scale and is a proprietary, patented processing system. The two major steps in REACH use, in part, well known systems: one used by the paper and pulp industry and the other by petroleum refineries. REACH does not involve fermentation or alcohol production.
- Built-in demand
Congress has mandated that certain quantities of biofuels be produced by certain deadlines and thus far, suppliers of cellulosic biofuels have fallen far short. In addition to supplying fuel to meet these requirements, the Department of Defense stands as a ready customer for Mercurius’ fuels.
- Ready customers for Mercurius
Both the U.S. Navy and the Air Force have publicly stated that they will purchase cellulosic drop-in fuels as soon as they become commercially available and the DOD has committed to having 50% of all its fuel be non-petroleum by 2020. At the same time, airlines, shipping and freight companies are all expressing a desire to have access to alternative renewable fuels that do not compete with food stocks.
- Low-cost inputs and competitive pricing
The processes used by Mercurius allow for a variety of biomass inputs which gives the Company great flexibility to choose among various cellulosic feed stocks (corn stover, switch grass, wood chips) that are in abundant supply and low in cost. Importantly, these are not food stocks, so do not compete for these commodities or impact their prices. Due to its processes, Mercurius expects to be competitively priced relative to petroleum equivalents.
- Faster and less “finicky” than competitors
The REACH technology is significantly faster than fermentation – taking 2-3 hours versus 2 days. While a few other methods (pyrolysis and gasification) are faster than REACH – they also must handle much higher volumes which require significantly higher capital investment/gallon. REACH is more robust than other processes with little sensitivity to impurities in feedstocks and with no use of delicate enzymes or bacteria. Experienced management team. Mercurius is led by Karl Seck, a chemical engineer with over 30 years of experience as a process engineer in the petroleum industry. He is supported by a team of professionals with backgrounds in biofuel co-product development, risk management, business development and start-up scale-ups.
Learn more about Mercurius Biorefining, Inc at mercuriusbiorefining.com.
Be a Part of Mercurius Biorefining, Inc
This is a side-by-side offering of Common Stock, under registration exemptions 4(a)(6) and 506(c), in Mercurius Biorefining, Inc. Up to $1,069,999.50 may be raised under the 4(a)(6) exemption. Netcapital will determine which exemption applies to your investment and notify you before you complete your investment.
The amount raised under the two exemptions must total at least $10,000 by April 30, 2019 at 11:59pm ET. If the total doesn’t reach its target, then your money will be refunded. Mercurius Biorefining, Inc may issue additional securities to raise up to $1,500,000, the offering’s maximum.
If the side-by-side offering is successful at raising the maximum amount, then the company’s implied valuation after the offering (sometimes called its post-money valuation) will be:
6,666,747 shares × $1.50 per share = $10,000,121 implied valuation
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