Mercurius in Public - Archive

Past News & Press Releases

November 15, 2016
"Reaching for the Stars"
Mercurius featured in latest Biofuels International Nov/Dec 2016 issue!​​​​​
November 15, 2016
Karl Seck speaks at Bioenergy Australia Conference 2016 in Brisban
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November 04, 2016
Karl Seck presents at ABLC Next 2016 in San Francisco
November 03, 2016
Mercurius recognized as one of the hottest emerging companies in the advanced bio-economy! Award received at ABLC Next 2016 in San Francisco
October 25 - 27, 2016
Mercurius to attend 2016 CAAFI General Meeting in Washington, DC
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October 03, 2016
"Davis, Mercurius advance on ultra low-cost renewable chemicals"
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August 31, 2016
Mercurius Biorefining and University of California, Davis to Develop Technology for Low-Cost FDCA Production
Mercurius Biorefining has furthered its partnership with UC Davis to develop first-of-its-kind technology for production of furan-2,5-dicarboxylic acid (FDCA).
Download the press release here.
July 14, 2016
Karl Seck presents at BETO Bioenergy 2016 in Washington DC logo
April 18, 2016
Karl Seck presents on FFA Nutraceutical at BIO World Congress 2016 in San Diego
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March 14, 2016
Knud Balslev moderates aviation fuel roundtable at World Bio Markets 2016 in Amsterdam
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December 29, 2015
REACHing towards cellulosic fuels: The Digest's 2016 8-Slide Guide to Mercurius
Management estimates there to be approximately a 2-3x cost advantage over competing technologies both as to capital and operating costs. - Mercurius says it "has the technology and processes that will, for the first time, make the production of cellulosic biofuels profitable while meeting the needs of the diesel and jet fuel markets and satisfying government requirements."
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October 04, 2015
Karl Seck presents at ABLC Next in San Francisco
March 13, 2015
Speaker, Karl Seck presents at Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference in Washington, DC
March 02, 2015
Knud Balslev on aviation fuel panel at World Bio Markets 2015 in Amsterdam
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November 25, 2014
Biofuels Digest- 5 Minutes with Karl Seck, CEO of Mercurius Biorefining​​​​​​​
If you could snap your fingers and change one thing about the Advanced Bioeconomy, what would you change?- I would create a more robust investment community that would be willing to learn lessons from past mistakes, and use those lessons to become more sophisticated instead of turning their back on biofuels investments that are so crucial to our planet's energy strategy.
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November 11, 2014
Mercurius presents at Defense Energy Summit & Innovation Showcase in Austin, TX
August 25, 2014
American producer of green jetfuel looking towards Danish technology
A new patented process can convert all kinds of biomass material to green jet fuel and chemicals. - Denmark may be the location for the European headquarters of the American effort. Backed with a new process, an American start-up company focused on second-generation biofuels is already looking out into the big world. They caught sight of Denmark as an area where there are both technological skills and a general understanding of liquid biofuels. Karl Seck, Executive Director of Mercurius Biorefining, visited Denmark early this summer, meeting at both Symbiosis Centre, Kalundborg and Haldor Topsoe, which produces the catalysts used in the process.
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July 29, 2014
Speaker, Karl Seck, for Mercurius at Biomass 2014: Growing the Future Bioeconomy in Washington, D.C. logo
June 23, 2014
Knud Balslev, speaker for Mercurius at European Biomass Conference & Expo in Hamburg
April 29, 2013
Energy Department Backs New Way to Make Diesel from Corn Stalks - MIT Technology Review Article
A novel chemical pathway could address the high cost of transporting cellulosic materials to make diesel fuel. - Within a year, a pilot plant in Indiana will start converting the stalks and leaves of corn plants into diesel and jet fuel. The plant will use a novel approach involving acid as well as processes borrowed from the oil and chemical industry, which its developers hope will make fuel at prices cheap enough to compete with petroleum. The plant, which will have the capacity to process about 10 tons of biomass a day; enough for about 800 gallons (3,000 liters) of fuel per day, will be built by Mercurius Biofuels of Ferndale, Washington, with the help of a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy of up to $4.3 million.
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April 28, 2014
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April 21, 2014
Speaker, Karl Seck, for Mercurius at Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference 2014 in Washington, DC
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January 28, 2014
Mercurius Booth at CAAFI General Meeting & Expo in Washington DC
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December 11, 2013
Participant, Karl Seck, on a panel entitled "Advances in Aviation Biofuels" at the BIO Pacific Rim in San Diego
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October 25, 2013
Presenter, Michael Vevera, at The Australasian Bioenergy and Bioproducts Symposium (TABBS) in Brisbane
September 25, 2013
Karl Seck presented at Lignofuels 2013 in London
June 16, 2013
Michael Vevera attended the BIO World Congress in Montreal
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June 03, 2013
Knud Balslev attended the European Biomass Conference in Copenhagen
April 22, 2013
Mercurius Chosen for DOE Innovative Pilot Plant Grant!
Mercurius was chosen for a $4.6 mil DOE grant award to build Pilot Plant that scales up our REACH process. - Mercurius is pleased to announce that we are one of 4 successful applicants for the Innovative Pilot Plant DOE grant. The FOA specified that the technology must be able to convert biomass into drop-in military fuels. The pilot plant project that will be funded by this grant will scale-up the innovative and efficient REACH technology that Mercurius is committed to developing and commercializing.
DOE Announcement
February 27, 2013
Mercurius is once more in the BiofuelsDigest
Mercurius is prominently mentioned in the BiofuelsDigest - Jim Lane was in the audience when Karl Seck presented to the Low Carbon Jet Fuel Conference at the Avalon Air Show: Here's his report in: 
Flying the Aussie BioSkies
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February 27, 2013
Karl Seck presented at the LOW CARBON JET FUEL: THE INDUSTRY FLIGHT PATH conference. Presentation title was Turning Non-food Biomass into Drop-in Fuels
October 26, 2012
Mercurius attended and presented at The Bioenergy and Bioproducts Symposium in Brisbane, Australia. TBBS
October 10, 2012
Mercurius presented at the 2012 BIO Pacific Rim Summit in Vancouver BC, Breakout Program. Also attended Biopathways Partnership Network and World Economic Forum meetings.
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August 13, 2012
Mercurius attended the Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo in Honolulu. We were able to present as an Invited Presenter for the Defense Energy Technology Challenge
July 10, 2012
Mercurius attended the DOE's Biomass 2012 in DC, July 10-11​​​​​​​
June 26, 2012
Mercurius is featured in the BiofuelsDigest again!
Mercurius got coverage in the BiofuelsDigest - Mercurius technology and management team was described in an article titled: New Kids on the Block: 12 hot bio-based technologies worth watching. See it all here.
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June 14, 2012
Karl Seck presented: An Efficient, Liquid-Phase, Catalytic Approach to Cellulosic Biofuels Production at the European Biodiesel 2012, June 13-14 in Krakow, Poland.
January 17, 2012
Michael Vevera presented at the Pacific West Biomass Conference in San Francisco. Bypassing Sugar to Create Cellulosic Diesel, Jet Fuel, and Green Chemicals
December 06, 2011
Mercurius attended the The Waste Conversion Congress in San Jose Read More
November 30, 2011
Mercurius had a booth at the CAAFI Conference in DC Read More
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September 15, 2011​​​​​​​
Karl Seck presented at the Biorefining Conference in Houston. Presentation title: Efficient Cellulosic Jet Fuel Production
August 18, 2011
The Summer 2011 edition of The Mercurius Times
Latest edition of The Mercurius Times rolled out at Biomass 2011 - It was hot and muggy in DC for the DOE's Biomass 2011. Mercurius was there to listen, learn, and comment. Michael Vevera, Director of Marketing and Business Development, asked the first question to DOE Sec. Chu during the general session. We made many contacts and released the Summer edition of The Mercurius Times. Take a look here.
June 07, 2011
Mercurius Biofuels is mentioned in The SAFN Report
The Sustainable Aviation Fuels Northwest (SAFN) Report - Mercurius is mentioned as a potential cellulosic jet fuel provider in this report about jet fuel production in the Pacific NW of the US. The Mercurius paragraph is on page 57. Here
June 07, 2011
Mercurius Biofuels technology is featured in article at Biorefining Magazine
Cellulosic Fuel Production: One Step Closer to Standard Refining - A great article by Ed Olson of the EERC, summarizing our technolgy and describing current research activities. We really like the title! here.
April 22, 2011
Mercurius Biofuels featured at TriplePundit on Earth Day!
Washington Start-Up Promises Cheaper, More Efficient Biofuel Generation - It was good timimg to have a nice article at TriplePundit written about Mercurius Biofuels on Earth Day. Take a look here.
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February 21, 2011
Great Article in the BiofuelsDigest Mentions Mercurius Biofuels
Pulp Non-Fiction - Karl Seck and Knud Balslev had a very interesting and enjoyable phone interview with Jim Lane, Editor of the BiofuelsDigest. As a result of the interview Mercurius was featured in an article entitled: Pulp Non-Fiction: Biofuels a ray of sunshine in a gloomy season. Take a look here.
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November 17, 2010
First Edition of The Mercurius Times is issued at the Cleantech Open Finals Exhibition.
CleanTech Open Final Exhibition - Mercurius Biofuels was an exhibitor at the Cleantech Open Finals in San Jose. Thanks to all the investors, sponsors and entrepeneurs who stopped by the table. We all enjoyed meeting everyone. We were thrilled to use this opportunity to issue the first edition, Fall 2010, of The Mercurius Times. Take a look here. Enjoy!
June 25, 2010
Mercurius Biofuels Chosen as a Cleantech Open Semi-Finalist
CleanTech Open Semi-Finalist - Karl Seck, President of Mercurius Biofuels is pleased to announce the selection of Mercurius Biofuels as a Cleantech Open Semi-finalist. This selection validates our strong business plan and superior technology and is a big step toward our goal of commercialization of our technology.
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December 11, 2009
Groundbreaking Cellulosic Biofuel Technology Moves Toward Commercialization
Whole Energy and the EERC have issued a press release entitled: Groundbreaking Cellulosic Biofuel Technology Moves Toward Commercialization
July 01, 2009
Mercurius Biofuels LLC official launch
Whole Energy Announcement - Mercurius Biofuels has been newly formed with the support of Whole Energy Fuels Corporation. The company will develop and commercialize what may be the most capital, energy, and carbon efficient process for a cellulosic fuel. Both National Labs and the Department of Energy have conducted research that may accelerate the development of the Mercurius process which requires no exotic enzymes or catalysts. Karl Seck, President of Mercurius, was also a key proponent of the relationship with Idaho Ethanol. Waste or low value feedstocks for biofuels are the only options for biofuels to be both economically and socially sustainable. The Whole Energy team has supported the utilization of these feedstocks for the production of biofuels since its founding in 2004.