Pacific Pyrolysis

Pacific Pyrolysis Pty Ltd has developed, and is commercialising, slow pyrolysis technology to deliver waste to energy and biochar solutions. Pacific Pyrolysis technology is unique in that it holistically combines local solutions to sustainability and market issues through:

•   Generating renewable, distributed energy;
•   Mitigating greenhouse gases and sequestering carbon;
•   Recycling carbon and nutrients back to agricultural land;
•   Increasing the sustainability of agricultural production through enhancing
    soil health, hence improving food security;
•   Improving land use outcomes through minimising urban waste; and
•   Meeting strict environmental standards, ensuring air quality

The company owns 100% of the intellectual property, global development and commercialisation rights of the technology including the integrated pyrolysis demonstration plant located at Somersby. 

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Local Technical Solution to Global Sustainability Issues

Pacific Pyrolysis Pilot Facility at Somersby
The Pacific Pyrolysis technology platform is a fundamental example of the delivery of a local technical solution to local manifestations of global sustainability issues for organisations and governments.  A new era of low‐emission, low‐impact technology is expected to come of age over the next two‐three decades in addition to greater utilisation of known technologies, which have lower emission impact. The demand for clean technology solutions to problems has become a business mainstream activity.  Solutions that can be deployed repeatedly across multiple sites  benefit both the technology provider and the customer.  Strong demand for such solutions exists from both private and public sector organisations, especially if the local deployment of a technical solution can be completed with:

•  A relatively low capital cost;
•  A good internal rate of return to equity investors in the projects              concerned;
•  Successful resolution of issues or problems for the organisation(s)          concerned; and
•  Development of a project solution, followed by execution and
   operation inside a reasonable timeframe.

It has become evident that a key to technological and business success in this space will be to deliver local solutions to companies and organisations which are impacted on multiple sites or in multiple business areas by the same or similar global issues such as emissions, energy supply, waste disposal, poor soil health, etc.

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Solution Delivery Areas

Pacific Pyrolysis delivers solutions to customers that are seeking favourable outcomes in relation to one or more of a number of areas across their business and operational environment. These areas span widespread environmental issues and constraints and also climate change related effects and impacts. Issues also extend to the growing regulatory, policy, business responsibility and sustainability drivers, which are influencing organisations. Areas where Pacific Pyrolysis can provide solutions are set out in the table below:

Waste Management
• Provide waste management solutions for a wide range of sourceseparated organic waste destined for landfill or low value applications.

• Improving the efficiency of existing manufacturing and industrial processes through transformation of waste products to usable energy and products.

• Decreasing mass and volume and hence haulage cost of bulky and wet organics.

• Reducing the carbon liability associated with organics waste management.

Energy Security
• Provide access to cheaper/more competitive energy pricing and reducing the impact of the escalating costs (financial and social) of fossil fuel based energy.

• Securing access to a more dependable or redundant energy supply.

• Utilising renewable energy from sustainable local project resources, which are not influenced by international political and market pressures.

Minimising and/or
environmental rents
• Delivers carbon credit off‐set (sequestration).

• Achieve reduction in carbon liability (greenhouse gas emissions mitigation).

• Meet demand for renewable energy.

• Delivers on need for land remediation or rehabilitation.

• Reduce run‐off and nutrient leaching (from fertiliser usage) into water ways.

Improving agronomic
• Increased productivity with decreased inputs.

• Improved soil health for degraded soils.

• Water security through improved water holding capacity of soils

Commitment to
“green” image

• Improved environmental footprint.

• Achieve sustainability credentials for products.

• Achieve vertical integration of energy from waste.

Land Use
• Extending the life of urban landfills.

• Reduced agricultural clearing through increased productivity per hectare.

• Decreased requirement to mine fossil fuels and new energy resources.

Greenhouse Gas
• Achieve the complementary blending of emission mitigation with the drawing down of carbon from the atmosphere into long term terrestrial sinks.

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Awards and Publicity

The Pacific Pyrolysis slow pyrolysis technology and Agrichar™ soil amendment trials won the top honour at the 2007 United Nations Association of Australia’s World Environment Day Awards for ‘Meeting the Greenhouse Challenge’. The technology was also credited with an outstanding industry achievement award for environmental sustainability from the NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change Sustainability Green Globe Awards in 2008.

The technology has garnered significant media attention and has been the subject of numerous media articles and television documentaries including:

•  CNN News;

•  Discovery Channel “Ecopolis” Documentary;

•  ABC “Catalyst” Documentary;

•  NBN News Story;

•  ABC “Landline” Story;

•  ABC “7:30 Report” Story;

•  Ethical Investor Magazine;

•  Australian Farm Journal;

•  Biofuels Australasia; and

•  Numerous newspaper articles around the world.

In Ecopolis, a Discovery Channel series, Daniel Kammen ‐ Nobel‐Prize winning Professor of Energy at the University of California, Berkeley ‐ takes a look at the 20 most visionary world‐saving innovations out there, then narrows this group down to the five most likely to succeed and picks the top solution that the world should focus on and urgently implement. The Pacific Pyrolysis technology, for the production of biochar and green energy from waste organics, is selected in the top 5, having been the ‘clear winner’ of the carbon friendly waste management solutions. Prof. Kammen states that ‘[biochar technology] helps solve the problem of our waste supply but also works us into a situation where we are thinking differently about agriculture’. ‘Finding places to store carbon to sequester it is a rare commodity that pushes biochar into the lead and makes it a clear winner’. Scientific think tank, The Centre for Alternative Technology, assessed each technologies capacity to reduce the carbon footprint of a future mega‐city. They found that PacPyro pyrolysis technology had the carbon saving potential of a massive 21% of the cities footprint.

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Management Team

Pacific Pyrolysis was formed recently by a group of founders. The company combines the former management and technical development team from BEST Energies Australia Pty Ltd and the advisory team from Meridian Corporate Advisory Limited.  This combination of the former BEST Energies Australia and Meridian teams marries a deep set of technical skills and subject matter expertise (embodied in the team who developed the technology) with a commercial, corporate and project finance capability (embodied in the the team from Meridian).

John Glen – Director and CEO

John Glen

John has 25 years experience in the investment banking and advisory sectors. After a 13 year career with Bankers Trust in a variety of corporate, structured and tax based finance roles, John co-founded Prime Corporate Finance (now PCF Capital) in Perth in 1999.  John formed Meridian Corporate Advisory in 2005 - an independent corporate advisory in Sydney dealing with both public and private markets, after selling his interest in PCF.  Meridian undertakes a broad range of corporate finance and advisory work, acquisition and divestment, wholesale capital raising and project work for clients.  John’s clients have included a wide variety of ASX listed companies, government enterprises, offshore listed and private companies in Australia such as Riversdale Mining Limited, Angus Knight Group, Intrepid Mines, Corriente Resources, Olympus Pacific, Allegiance Mining, Tenke Mining, Lundin Mining, Western Power and Lucara Diamonds.

Robert Downie – Director of OperationsRobert Downie

Robert is the General Manager of the Somersby Advanced Engineering Facility owned by Ignite Energy Resources Engineering and was the Managing Director of BEST Energies Australia.  He has commercial and engineering experience working across various renewable energy and low carbon technologies such as biomass gasification and pyrolysis, biomass hydrolysis, and direct coal liquefaction.  Robert has developed an intimate understanding of the the pyrolysis technology through the direct management over the past five years of its international development.  He has also been elected to sit on the management committee board of the Bioenegy Australia association which is a government-industry forum to foster and facilitate the development of biomass for energy, liquid fuels, and other value added bio-based products.

Robert is a Chartered Professional Engineer, a member of the Australian Institute of Engineers, and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  He holds a Master of Business and Technology from the University of New South Wales along with both a Bachelor of International Business Management and a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering with Honours from the University of Queensland.  Prior to moving into the field of renewable energy and low carbon technologies, Robert worked on technology development in the industrial filtration industry. 

Peter Klatt – Engineering ManagerPeter Klatt

 Peter Klatt is one of the foremost experts on pyrolysis and gasification in Australia with over 22 years experience in the design, construction, commissioning and operation of large scale biomass gasifiers and fluid bed combustors.  His involvement in winning an engineering excellence award from The Institution of Engineers Australia, for construction of a gasifier in 1985, is testament to how long Peter’s expertise in the area of pyrolysis and gasification has been recognised by the industry.  In addition to this Peter has spent over 17 years in the steel industry developing and implementing process efficiency improvements to large scale industrial thermal processes at the Port Kembla and Whyalla Steelworks.   

Over his career Peter has had various roles ranging from leading research and development programs to the oversight of construction, commissioning, and operation of several commercial plants.   Most recently as the Engineering Manager for BEA, Peter has been an integral part of the development of the BEST Energies pyrolysis process for over eight years.  Peter has issued one U.S. patent and two Australian patents and is the author of numerous technical papers.  He holds a Diploma in Business and a Certificate in Metallurgy from Southern Cross University and the University of Wollongong, respectively, and is fluent in the German language.

Adriana Downie

Adriana Downie – Chief Technology Officer

Adriana is a leading figure in the promotion and development of biochar and was recently selected as one of the Next 100 Emerging Leaders by The Australian for her work in this area.  She has over eight years of industry experience in the commercial development of new technology and has managed several large scale research programs.  Adriana has been developing pyrolysis technology for PacPyro and BEST Energies for over 6 years and holds the role of Chief Technology Officer.  Adriana holds bachelor degrees in both Chemical Engineering and Science from the University of Queensland.  She has completed her Ph.D. program at the University of New South Wales on the pyrolysis of biomass for biochar and bioenergy for which she was selected as a finalist for a Eureka science prize.  Adriana has co-authored several scientific papers, presented numerous conference papers and authored a chapter in the Earthscan published book ‘Biochar for Environmental Management’

Adriana held a position on the board of the International Biochar Initiative for twelve months and currently holds a position on the committee of the Australian and New Zealand Biochar Researchers Network.  She has been critical in raising the profile of biochar globally and her work has been well documented by the media with her personally featuring in numerous print articles along with documentaries produced by ABC, Discovery Channel, and CNN.  Adriana also played a significant personal role in assisting BEA to win first prize at the United Nations Association of Australia’s 2007 World Environment Day Awards for ‘meeting the greenhouse challenge’. 

Adam Townley – Company Secretary & CFOAdam Townley

Adam is a chartered accountant who spent the five years up to 1995 working for large accounting firms in insolvency and corporate restructuring.  Between 1995 and 2003 he worked in London as an independent advisor to a number of global investment banks in operational performance improvement and strategic investment programmes.  He was also involved in raising capital and investing in new ventures in the technology and environmental space.  On returning to Australia in 2003, he was appointed as CFO to a mid-sized property development  company and led transactions in land subdivision, medical centres, retail property and retirement villages.  In 2005, he was retained by Westpac to review strategic enterprise investments both internal and external to the bank.  Adam has written two books on insolvency law both of which were on reading lists for university law courses and the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Neil Young – Director 

Neil is founding director of Best Energies Inc.  Prior to his involvement with BEI, Neil was Chairman and CEO of Grubb & Ellis, a NYSE listed company, from 1996 to 2000, capping a 16-year career at the company.  While CEO, Neil directed and executed a strategic realignment resulting in sales growth from $194 million to $413 million and an increase in net income from $2.1 million to $16.3 million.  Neil held a variety of positions with Grubb & Ellis prior to becoming CEO, including: President of Commercial Brokerage Operations, President of the Eastern Region, President and Senior Vice President of the Midwest/Texas Region, and Executive Vice President, Regional Manager, District Manager and Sales Manager of the commercial brokerage division in the Midwest Region.

David Lau – Project EngineerDavid Lau

David Lau has been employed by Pacific Pyrolysis as a project development engineer to provide technical engineering and project management expertise for the development of commercial Pyrolysis plants. He has been integrally involved in the development of project feasibility studies into the economic and engineering potential for the BEST Pyrolysis system at various site locations. David has a Bachelor of Chemical and Process Engineering with Honours from the University of Canterbury and a Master of Science and Technology with Honours from Massey University, New Zealand. David has demonstrated ability in the project management of EPCM style projects. He has spent seven years in a variety of process improvement and project management roles gaining valuable experience in the design, construction, and commissioning of plant and equipment. David has experience living and teaching in China and is fluent in Chinese Mandarin.

Jessica O'Brien – Process Engineer

Jessica O'Brien is a process engineer who provides expertise for the development of project process models and technical expertise for process integration and optimisation.  Jessica holds a bachelors degree in chemical engineering which she obtained from the University of Newcastle in 2007, graduating with first class honours along with a PhD also from University of Newcastle.  Jessica was previously employed by CSIRO Energy Technology as part of the solar research team where she undertook a joint project with the University of Newcastle with studies leading to the submission of a PhD (chemistry) in April 2011.  Her PhD thesis related to the large scale production of hydrogen using solar thermochemical technology and she has several peer reviewed publications in this field.

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