Company: Aduro Clean Technologies
Listings: CSE, OCTQB, FSE
Tickers: ACT, ACTHF, 95DO
Market cap at time of publication: 27$ MCAD / 22 MUSD
Stock price at time of publication: $0.79 CAD / $0,63 USD
Business: Plastic recycling, bitumen upgrading, Renewable diesel & Aviation fuel
Comparable Peer evaluations:
Purecycle 896 MUSD
Clean Energy fuels 1,3 BUSD
Agilyx 326 MUSD
ESG comment: Much awaited news came today (20/1 2022) that Aduro Clean technologies have completed their third party validation conducted by an independent party and showed very promising results. This milestone achievement further derisks the investment case and its now likely that the path to commercial stage will continue to progress at a fast pace. Aduro is one of ESGFIRE top picks in the ESG sector and one of our biggest positions.
Commercialization plans advance with third-party confirmation of major milestone achievement.
SARNIA, ON / ACCESSWIRE / January 20, 2022 / Aduro Clean Technologies, Inc. (“Aduro” or the “Company“) (CSE:ACT)(OTCQB:ACTHF)(FSE:9D50), a Canadian developer of patented water-based technologies to chemically recycle plastics and to transform heavy crude and renewable oils into new-era resources and higher- value fuels, is pleased to announce the achievement of the first milestone under the securities exchange agreement dated October 22, 2021, as amended (the “Securities Exchange Agreement“) (the “First Milestone“) and the receipt of the third party report following the successful review and independent validation of its patented chemical conversion technology by Dr. Paul Charpentier, an expert in chemistry and alternative energy applications.
The objective of the review and independent validation was to confirm that Alberta bitumen, flowing continuously through the R2 reactor, was upgraded to lighter crude compared to the feedstock. More specifically, Aduro Hydrochemolytic™ chemical conversion technology (HCT) was applied to improve the properties of bitumen feedstock with an “API gravity” (density) of 14.6 ºAPI, upgrading it to lighter petroleum with a density of 19.5 ºAPI. Higher ºAPI values mean lower density and higher market value.
“Aduro was able to demonstrate upgrading of Bitumen on a flow-through reactor in a controlled laboratory environment and therefore meet the objectives of the First Milestone” said Dr. Paul Charpentier.
Management believes these results further validate that the patented HCT, developed and proven by Aduro in small-batch R1 reactors, is viable for use in the types of continuous-flow reactors commonly used in commercial applications. The main benefits of HCT, when applied to bitumen, include partial upgrading of bitumen that improves viscosity, density, and market value, while reducing capital costs.
“Third-party evaluation increases confidence that our projections regarding lower operating costs and lower energy consumption in commercial applications are technically grounded” said Marc Trygstad, Chief Technology Officer of Aduro.
The results of the work completed by Aduro and evaluated by Dr. Charpentier support continuation of work to establish the foundation for HCT scaleup to pilot plants, precommercial deployments, and full-scale commercial systems, while creating opportunities for Aduro to continue engagement of potential partners and customers through demonstration projects.
The R2-scale work on bitumen supports the next-phase design and development of the pilot-scale R3 reactor system to process barrels-per-day of bitumen. R3 reactor design work started in June 2021 and continues to proceed at a rapid pace. Furthermore, lessons learned from bitumen processing are also being applied to accelerate the design of an R2-scale demonstration system optimized for upcycling of plastics, such as polyethylene and polypropylene.
“My thanks to Dr. Paul Charpentier for his efforts to evaluate our work, and my highest appreciation to the Aduro technology team for their tireless efforts enabling completion of this milestone. We are moving forward and growing our team, focusing our attention on pilot plants and customer demonstrations, and continuing acceleration of our commercialisation efforts,” said Ofer Vicus, Chief Executive Officer of Aduro.
The completion of independent validation also marks the achievement of the First Milestone. On the receipt of the Third-Party Report, 13,333,328 Class A special warrants held by the special warrants trustee are deemed to be distributed in accordance with the Securities Exchange Agreement and are automatically converted on a one-for-one basis into common shares of the Company for no additional consideration and will be distributed to the former security holders of Aduro Energy Inc.
Furthermore, 13,333,328 Class B special warrants also held by the special warrants trustee will be distributed in accordance with the terms of the Securities Exchange Agreement and will only be converted when the second milestone is achieved, at which point the warrants will be convertible into common shares for no additional consideration on a one-for-one basis. 10,492,321 of the common shares issued on the conversion of Class A special warrants and 11,414,864 of the Class B special warrants will be distributed to Company insiders.