About Us

Overview

The Alpena Biorefinery is a project of American Process Inc., an engineering company with offices in Atlanta, GA (USA), Athens (Greece), and Cluj-Napoca (Romania).

American Process Inc. is prominent in the cellulosic biorefinery field, and has developed several technologies to produce cellulosic ethanol. One of these, Green Power+®, is based on the technology being used for the biorefinery. Green Power+® is a process to add an extraction module and ethanol production to a biomass boiler. Another proprietary technology developed by American Process is AVAP® (American Value Added Pulping) which is a low cost universal sugar platform that can also co-produce cellulose and ethanol. AVAP is being comercialized by AVAPCO. read more...

Company

  • 1995 - Founded as an Energy Consulting Company serving the Pulp and Paper Industry
  • 1995-2004 - Dominant Energy Consulting Provider: 400 projects, 140 Mills
  • 2000 – Developed software to support energy targeting and monitoring, Energy targetter™, PIB®
  • 2002 – Built and operated cogeneration “across the fence” plants
  • 2005-2010 - Performed Biorefinery R&D at lab & pilot site – Operated two labs in Atlanta

    at the Georgia Institute of Technology
  • 2007-2010 - Sponsored biorefinery R&D consortia and university research

    (NCSU, WERC, SUNY, TEKES, GaTech, Michigan Tech)
  • 2008 – Developed Process Development of Red Shield DOE awarded process
  • 2009 – Developed apiMAX™ biorefinery simulator – read more...
  • 2009 – Formed JV with Sniace for cellulosic ethanol plant in Spain
  • 2010 – Built EPCM AVAP® Demonstration Plant in Thomaston, GA
  • 2010 – Appointed technology consultant to VPP
  • 2010 - Awarded $22MM for Alpena Biorefinery project in Michigan
  • Filed 22 biorefinery patent applications

American Process Inc. has unique operating experience within all engineering disciplines

across a wide range of project scales:
  • Over 2,000,000 manhours of project experience
  • Over $2 billion of project implementation experience

Awards

The plant has been awarded grants from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the Department of Energy. The plant is expected to be fully operational in the third quarter of 2013.

Management

  • Theodora Retsina - Chief Executive Officer
  • Steve Rutherford - Chief Operating Officer
  • Adam Mathis - Chief Financial Officer
  • Mark Szczepanik - Plant Manager
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Awards: The plant has been awarded grants from the Michigan Economic Development Commission, and from the Department of Energy. The plant is expected to be fully operational in the third quarter of 2013.

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GREEN POWER+®
The Alpena Biorefinery will be commercially replicated as Green Power+®

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