Steeper Energy Has Achieved Commercial Viability

The Major Elements of Steeper’s Journey from “Idea” to “Commercial Viability” Include:

  • Fleshing out the science with enough clarity to build a lab-scale plant in Denmark. This was completed in 2011.
  • Leverage the knowledge gained from the Lab-scale plant to create the Pilot Plant. Completed in 2013. These first two steps were completed in conjunction with Aalborg University’s Department of Energy Technology.
  • Define and file patents to achieve protection in the marketplace. Steeper has over 100 patents across 25 patent families. A significant slate of additional patents are pending.
  • Negotiate the first commercial license with a credible, committed partner for advancing towards a Demo Plant and first Commercial Plant. This was executed with Silva Green Fuels in 2017.
  • Build a commercial-scale demonstration plant – now embodied in SGF’s plant in Tofte, Norway. Construction of this plant was completed in Nov 2021.
  • Develop a world-class Advanced Biofuels Refining and Analytics Laboratory – our Advanced Biofuels Center (ABC) in Calgary Alberta. This lab is dedicated to developing know-how and processing capabilities associated with any Hydrofaction® produced biocrude facilitating the commercial processing of a wide range of waste feedstocks to certified finished fuels.
  • Develop a “Basic” engineering design package of a Hydrofaction® plant to support commercial plant design. “Detailed” design is completed after specific sites are selected. Basic Design of Steeper’s Standard Modular Plant Design (SMPD) is completed and has been validated by global engineering firm, Hatch Engineering.
  • Confirm offtake agreements. Steeper has engaged in the process to sign MOU’s with major global fuel users that commits to delivery of substantial volumes of Hydrofaction® Oil. These commitments will support commercial projects around the world.

How Did We Get Here?


Dr. Steen Iversen and Perry Toms established Steeper Energy


Steeper's Continuous Bench Scale (CBS) pilot plant installed at the Aalborg University, DK


5000 operating hours reached at CBS; Hydrofaction® Oil production proven to be repeatable and reliable


Silva Green Fuel (Statkraft and Södra JV) licenses Hydrofaction® to build 30 BPD industrial-scale demonstration plant in Tofte, Norway as a precursor to a 2000 BPD plant


CBS undergoes first upgrades and optimizations


Upgrading of Hydrofaction® Oil to on-spec diesel and marine fuel achieved; co-processing routes externally validated


Steeper and SGF advance the design of sub-systems, contract key suppliers and begin construction of industrial-scale Demo Plant


Advanced Biofuels Centre established in Calgary, Canada for demonstrating pathways to finished fuels with select commercial end users


CBS undergoes reactor upgrade. Proprietary Pump is commissioned Growing IP portfolio of 25 patent families, with over 150 patents granted internationally


Commissioning and start-up of Silva Green Fuel industrial-scale Demo Plant

DEC-2021 - 2022

Global fuel offtake and technology MOUs signed and advanced