Why Us

Why Us

Competitive Advantage

PROVEN TECHNOLOGY

The Pennsaco technology has been thoroughly tested and United States Environmental Protection Agency validated, ensuring its practical application in a wide range of plant environments. Our process is tried and true, and its efficiency is well-documented through more than a dozen existing & new patents.

STRATEGIC ADVANTAGE

One system, two pathways.  Pennsaco has pioneered production of green hydrogen from waste through one system with two patented pathways that produce low cost, carbon negative, pressurized hydrogen at rates 30% greater than current state of the art.

MANAGEMENT

Pennsaco’s management has decades of proven project experience capable of designing, building, and operating commercial plants for waste management and renewable energy.

FLEXIBILITY

Pennsaco’s technology is feedstock and product flexible, scalable, customizable to local needs, and serves multiple global markets worth trillions of dollars.

GROWTH & IMPACT

Pennsaco Technologies can be deployed anywhere in the world, advancing 12 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals with each facility and generating billions of dollars of wealth creation.

Technology

THE TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANTAGE

Pennsaco overcomes two significant challenges in the production of complex hydrocarbons from biomass: the purity of gas streams and the reliability and scalability of equipment.
With patents for generating hydrogen and carbon monoxide outside typical thermal processes, Pennsaco produces high purity gas streams that can be combined into dozens of compounds.  Other systems generate adulterated syngas streams that require expensive separation and cleaning before they can be used.  The Pennsaco continuous flow process has a proven capacity of 75,000 tons/year, and is scalable to many times that volume.  By combining high thermal efficiency – up to 95% of feedstock BTU value captured – with patents for increasing BTU to megawatt conversion rates, Pennsaco’s system is energy self-sufficient.  Commercially proven trade secrets enable years of uninterrupted operations. A single site converts hundreds of thousands of tons of waste and CO2 that would otherwise end up as landfill or greenhouse gases. These inputs convert into hydrogen, biochemicals, advanced biofuels, activated carbon, and biochar as carbon neutral or carbon negative products.

MEET THE TEAM

Robert Kelly

Chief Executive Officer

Robert G. Kelly is Chief Executive Officer of Pennsaco. Mr. Kelly has over 25 years of experience in the energy, technology, and finance, with over a decade devoted to bringing clean technology into the mainstream.

Mr. Kelly founded Pennsaco while Investment Development Officer for American Refining and Biochemical, Inc. (ARB), where he was responsible for identifying, investing in, and supporting sustainable business opportunities in renewable energy, clean water, and sustainable agriculture. ARB is a lead investor in Pennsaco.

Prior to joining ARB Mr. Kelly was a founding member and senior executive for three wind energy companies, leading marketing and commercialization, two realizing successful exits through acquisition.

Robert began his career in high tech, driving growth through international business development and M&A as Managing Director ASK, Ltd. and as VP Marketing at Infogain Corporation, a multinational professional services firm.

Mr. Kelly holds Masters Degrees in business from UC Berkeley and Columbia University, and a BA in English from Skidmore College.  Robert serves on the board of the Halloran Family Foundation and on the Steering Committee for Transition Town Media. He speaks publicly on the opportunities that arise from the challenges of climate change.

James (Jim) Kleinburd

Vice President of Business Development

James (Jim) Kleinburd is Vice President of Business Development of Pennsaco. Mr. Kleinburd has 20 years experience funding and commercializing new technologies in renewable energy and agricultural technology. He is responsible for new business opportunities, and he manages strategic partnerships with companies in forestry, energy, agriculture, and waste management.

Mr. Kleinburd comes to Pennsaco from Meginim, LLC, a developer of wood pellet manufacturing plants. Jim led project finance developing strong relationships with banks and private equity firms. Jim also established critical operating agreements, negotiating local feedstock supply and international off-take contracts.

Prior to Meginim Jim was co-founder and managing partner of Carbon360 Partners, an original member of the Chicago Climate Exchange, and of Dotan Technologies, an Israeli holding company that invests in early stage technologies in agricultural and medical technologies.

Mr. Kleinburd is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics.

Mack Bowen

Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Mack Bowen is Chief Technology Officer of Pennsaco. Dr. Bowen has over 30 years experience in thermal science and biomass conversion technologies and is the holder of patents covering more than a dozen claims in biomass conversion, hydrogen production, and gas to liquids. He is the lead inventor and developer of Pennsaco’s core technology, and he is responsible for the advancement of the company’s technology road map. Dr. Bowen manages all relationships with research facilities and commercial engineering firms.

Dr. Bowen developed the technology while a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), one of the country’s leading bioengineering and bioscience research universities. A multinational packaging manufacturer licensed the technology to capture and retain resources from waste streams, divert trash from landfills, and reduce material costs in their packaging facilities. It was commercialized under Dr. Bowen’s direction, and four successful industrial plants were built and operated prior to the company’s transition from manufacturing to financial services, and its subsequent divestment of Dr. Bowen’s division.

Dr. Bowen previously worked on defense and aerospace for Lockheed and Martin (now one company) developing high-heat transfer materials necessary for rockets to withstand intense thermal pressure generated in hypersonic velocities.

Dr, Bowen holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Thermal Sciences from Georgia Tech.

Harry Halloran

Advisor

Harry Halloran is an advisor to Pennsaco and a lead investor. Mr. Halloran is Chairman of American Refining Group and American Refining and Biochemical. He has been a highly successful first mover in a several renewable energy sectors, including the development of some of the first utility wind parks in the 1980’s, as an early investor in the largest solar racking company in the 1990’s, and as a developer of anaerobic digestion projects for wastewater management in the 2000’s.

Mr. Halloran also founded Halloran Philanthropies in 2007 with the belief that business is a driving force for positive social and economic change. His team is reinventing the ways in which foundations can support the growth of socially responsible organizations.

William Glass

Vice President of Operations

William (Bill) Glass is Vice President of Operations of Pennsaco. Mr. Glass brings 30 years of best practices in safety, reliability, and productivity developing world-class renewable energy companies.  As Vice President of Operations, Mr. Glass is responsible for plant development and operations and managing supply chain and distribution logistics.

Mr. Glass comes to Pennsaco from BMC where he managed the engineering, construction, and commissioning of the world’s largest green-field renewable energy business.  The $200M, 750,000 MT/year plant was delivered on time and under-budget, including a specially constructed port facility. Mr. Glass has lead industrial companies from start-ups to $1B organizations as President/CEO, and he provides extensive experience in operations, sales, marketing, R&D, business development, strategy, and logistics.

Prior to BMC, Mr. Glass held leadership positions and worked with multi-national companies including BASF Corporation, Honeywell Inc. (AlliedSignal), Nova Chemicals, Sun Chemical Corporation, and World Color Inc. industries developing specialty chemicals and engineered plastics.

Mr. Glass holds an MBA from The University of Detroit and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from The University of Toledo.  Mr. Glass is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Michigan.

Amy McCrae Kessler, Esq.

VP, Legal & Environmental Affairs

Ms. McCrae Kessler is an environmental law, policy, and project permitting expert with over 25 years of experience.  She has a talent and passion for mitigating renewable energy project development risk through a proactive approach to regulatory compliance, zoning, facility siting, community outreach, public policy, and government relations and has an extensive record of achievement obtaining favorable local, state, and federal permits for novel technologies and complex facilities as well as regulatory results for industry.

Ms. McCrae Kessler has extensive environmental & administrative law, project development and federal advocacy experience spanning multiple practice disciplines, including local, state and federal permitting of novel technologies and complex facilities, regulatory compliance, land use, planning and zoning, facility siting, community outreach, public policy, government relations and advocacy with expertise in a range of environmental issues, including green hydrogen, sustainable materials management, renewable energy, food waste recycling, anaerobic digestion, composting, water conservation, climate change mitigation, and nutrient and soil management.

Prior to joining Pennsaco Technologies, Ms. McCrae Kessler founded an organics recycling company where she led engineering teams, patent prosecutions, and successful project siting, permitting, and community outreach initiatives.  She also served on the Board of Directors of the American Biogas Council from 2010-2020 and chairs the Council’s Federal Policy Committee.

Ms. McCrae Kessler practiced environmental, international environmental and administrative law in New York and London, advising clients on a broad range of environmental issues in the context of litigation, regulatory compliance, permitting and corporate, banking and real estate transactions.

Ms. McCrae Kessler is admitted to the Bar of the State of New York.  She received her JD, summa cum laude, from American University Washington College of Law in 1998 and her BA in Political Science from Vanderbilt University in 1992.