Business Strategy

With our market-ready technology, Cielo’s goal is to be a leading producer of sustainable fuel while addressing the expanding global problem of wood by-products – including discarded hardwood railway ties.

Cielo offers exposure to market-ready technology and an early mover advantage given our portfolio of projects in development, which represent an opportunity to accelerate the timeline to revenue generation.

Cielo has an exclusive licence in Canada to use a patented Enhanced Biomass to Liquids (EBTL™) and Biomass Gas to Liquids (BGTL™) technologies and related intellectual property, along with an exclusive licence in the United States for creosote and treated wood by-products. This affords the Company a diverse portfolio of projects across geographic regions, including in the US where there is an abundant supply of railway tie feedstock.

We intend to leverage these licensed technologies, along with the expertise of the Expander team, to build facilities that process biomass to produce fuels (bio-syndiesel), targeting railway ties and other wood by-products as feedstock. Further, Cielo is positioned to enhance the ongoing technology development of our proprietary Thermal Catalytic Depolymerization (TCD) process, as well as opportunities to use other products and feedstock options for the production of renewable fuels.

Advanced Projects
Put Revenue in Sight

Market-ready technology, diversified project portfolio and partner expertise accelerates Cielo’s strategy to advance commercial production and revenue generation

Process Outputs
Saleable Fuels

First mover opportunity to meet road, marine & aviation demand for low carbon intensity renewable fuel that requires no further processing to be saleable   

Focused on the
Planet & Profitability

Projects address an expanding global problem with ample access to discarded US railway ties, and initial feedstock arrangement secured with major railway  

ESG Differentiators

Near net-zero fuel supports sustainable energy to mitigate carbon emissions and carbon pricing, while not impacting food sources or agricultural inputs 

Project Pipeline and Operational Plan

Cielo’s portfolio of projects are at varying stages of their life cycle, and include Carseland Expansion; Dunmore; Slave Lake (which has received permits from AEPA*); Carseland Expansion II and USA I and II, with the development phases planned over the next five years. The Company expects feedstock discussions will drive the US location(s) with railway ties representing the targeted feedstock.

Cielo’s Aldersyde facility will proceed as planned for research and development (R&D) with AEPA to continue its review of the application, and Cielo continuing to advance the R&D project while engaging Expander for technical expertise.

*Alberta Environment and Protected Areas. Permit is for a small-scale plant. An amendment will be required for intended full-scale plant.


How the Technology Works

Biomass Gas to Liquids BGTL™

Biomass Gas to Liquids (BGTL™)

Expander’s patented Biomass Gas to Liquids (BGTL™) process utilizes our proven Biomass Gasification technology along with the same Fischer-Tropsch syngas to synthetic fuel technology that is in operation at the Rocky Mountain Clean Fuels facility in Carseland Alberta.

The BGTL™ process utilizes Expander’s proven gasifier to convert cellulosic biomass into Bio-Syngas (Hydrogen and Carbon Monoxide), which is then converted into Synthetic Paraffinic Diesel (SPD) through Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis.

The process allows for the installation of biomass gasification and renewable fuel production at existing Synthetic fuels facilities like the one in Carseland Alberta, Canada. BGTL™ results in incremental production of Bio-SynDiesel® / Bio-SynJet® fuel in parallel with the existing production of GTL fuel product.

Enhanced Biomass to Liquids EBTL™

Enhanced Biomass to Liquids (EBTL™)

Enhanced Biomass to Liquids (EBTL™) is a patented process to integrate gasification, hydrogen generation and Fischer-Tropsch conversion of biomass to produce “Fossil Free” Renewable and Net Zero Carbon Intensity Fuel.

Expander’s EBTL™ technology utilizes unreformed Bio-Syngas as process feed to the Steam Methane Reformer (SMR) and by doing so ensures that the finished Bio-SynDiesel® /
Bio-SynJet® product contains only renewable (biogenic) carbon. Expander’s EBTL™ process captures and sequesters biogenic CO₂ at a fraction of the energy cost of comparable processes (CCS or DAC).

Independent 3rd Party Verification Using ISO 14040 / GHGenius: Life Cycle Carbon Intensity can be as low as – 44 gCO₂e/MJ through application of Expander’s patented technologies.

No Food Competition:
Biomass feedstock is cellulosic. A wide variety of forestry residues, agricultural residues, MSW, Railway Ties, municipal sludge, etc. can be used to make Bio-Synthetic fuel.

No Further Processing to Achieve Saleable Fuels: Bio-SynDiesel® and Bio-SynJet® fuels are compatible with existing engines and infrastructure.