The company's commercial Fischer-Tropsch (FT) reactor cores are mass-manufactured by partner Shiloh Industries at a multi-million dollar state-of-the-art production facility in Ohio.
Shiloh is North America's leading supplier of engineered metal products and lightweighting solutions to the automotive industry. The company is deploying its mass-manufacturing capabilities and quality systems to the FT core build. Its highly automated production ensures consistent high quality and repeatability, allowing cost-effective mass production.
Shiloh has invested several million dollars in manufacturing resources for Velocys, and is making available to the partnership a dedicated team of engineers.
The supply chain infrastructure, including a dedicated manufacturing cell, is designed to scale-up and deliver on orders up to 10,000 barrels per day per year. Growth plans are in place to double capacity in less than 12 months.
The build of the commercial reactors to be used at the Oklahoma City plant was completed in 2015 using a design optimised for manufacture at volume. All ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) certifications required for the reactors prior to installation and commissioning of the plant were issued at that time. All other QA/QC protocols were fully achieved and the reactors were approved as "fit for deployment" by an independent third party.