LS9 Inc

LS9 is actually a biotechnology startup that focuses on the development of renewable biofuels through synthetic biology. The name LS9 is an acronym for Life Sustain 9 Billion, which ties into the company's vision of using life sciences research into biological systems to produce renewable fuels to meet the demands of projected global population of 9 billion people.

The company is currently in a "pre-revenue" stage, having raised 20 million dollars to fund its initial research activity and to establish a small-scale production facility to prove the scalability of its model. The company has locations in California, Florida, and southern Brazil. The Florida site is where the production facility has been established.

Feedstock

LS9 uses a proprietary technology that includes diesel fuel-producing microbes to generate biofuels from sugar cane, corn syrup, sorghum, molasses, glycerin, and other biomass. The bacteria can be genetically manipulated to work with a variety of feedstock and to produce specific carbon-based molecules like alkanes, alcohols, fatty acids, esters, and olefins.

The company is able to produce "petrol-equivalent" fuels like diesel and jet fuel, which cannot be distinguished in any meaningful way from the same fuels derived directly from petroleum. The idea is to offer a renewable petroleum source to stave off the approach of peak oil.

Fuels

A brief overview of the fuels that LS9 produces is offered here along with a comparison to petroleum-based equivalents. All fuels are ASTM compliant (USA), ANP compliant (Brazil), and EPA registered (USA).

Fuel Property

LS9 Biodiesel

Petroleum Diesel

Cetane

70

49

Aromatics (% Volume)

N/A

10

Sulfur (parts per million)

8

15



Fuel Property

LS9 Biodiesel

Soy

Rapeseed

Palm

Cetane

70

53

55

60

Cloud Point (Celsius)

-4

+2

-2

+13

Oxidative Stability (hours)

>6

3

3

5

Chemical Products

LS9 has future plants to provide products for pharmaceuticals, agriculture, cosmetics, and even adhesive manufacturing. This is all accomplished through the use of their proprietary microorganism, which manipulates feedstock to produce organic molecules of varying chain lengths.