2012
SynSel was incubated out of Preon Power, Inc. of Elmhurst Illinois. Preon Power, Inc was founded by Tim Tawoda in 1996. Tim Tawoda is Preon’s majority owner.
2013
  • SynSel was Incorporated as a Delaware “C” Corporation with initial capitalization from Friends and Family raises. Tim Tawoda is the Founder and CEO of SynSel.
  • Some of SynSel’s core executives joined the SynSel team in 2013, including:
    • Brian Buckta (Executive Administrator),
    • Mike Judd (Chief Technology Officer) and
    • Bob Brylski (COO).
  • In 2013 SynSel initially chose a biofuel technology out of Norway for a biorefinery site in West Frankfort Illinois. The effort achieved initial funding, land control, permit work and civil/site drawings. SynSel was forced to abandon the project when the technology provider out of Norway couldn’t achieve funding.
  • SynSel’s initial friends and family investments began.
  • 2014
  • SynSel’s first Private Placement Equity Raise (Series ‘A’ Preferred) was initiated.
  • SynSel vetted several biofuel technologies. In April SynSel held an initial meeting with the major gas & oil company that is the exclusive International Licensor of SynSel’s chosen biofuel technology. SynSel gained the Licensor’s authorization to pursue site-specific projects as a non-exclusive developer.
  • 2015
  • In March, SynSel closed the first round of the Series A Equity Raise.
  • SynSel initiated SynSel Energi, AS in Norway as a ‘sister company’ to SynSel Energy, Inc. in the US.
  • SynSel’s Ontonagon, Michigan site was developed with Co-Developer, Pat Tucker. The technology licensor visited Ontonagon with their engineering firm and approved Ontonagon as a qualified site for a biorefinery.
  • 2016
  • SynSel’s second Private Placement Equity Raise (Series ‘B’ Common) was initiated.
  • SynSel seeded the first project of its kind in Norway though SynSel Energi AS, and the project is currently proceeding through Phase 2 permitting.
  • SynSel Energi AS was folded into a major Norwegian wood company to conserve working capital for SynSel Energy, Inc. This also allowed SynSel Energy, Inc. to focus entirely on the US and Canada markets.
  • SynSel visited sites in Florida, Mississippi and Alabama for future development.
  • Synsel visited an ideal site in Louisville, Mississippi with “over the fence” proximity of wood mill waste. A prominent attorney sponsored/facilitated SynSel’s discussions with the Mayor and the wood mill. The same attorney proposed a favorable Municipal Bond funding scenario with support from the Mississippi Development Authority.
  • 2017
  • SynSel selected a progressive, reputable Construction Financier based in Atlanta, Georgia to fund biorefinery construction. The Construction Financier allocated $30 billion for 100 SynSel plants over 8 years.
  • As a condition precedent to the loan for each plant, the Construction Financier requires a locked and protected account holding 25% of the loan’s face value until repayments begin.
  • SynSel’s Grand Rapids, Minnesota site was developed with David Peterson as Co-Developer.
  • SynSel re-established primary focus on the Northern Great Lakes Wood-Basket with the development of the Ontonagon, Michigan and Grand Rapids, Minnesota sites. Future plans were also made for site development in Portage du Fort, Quebec.
  • In May, SynSel received a $600 Million letter of commitment from the Construction Financier for plants in Ontonagon, Michigan and Grand Rapids, Minnesota.
  • 2018
  • In June, SynSel visited a site in Cairo, IL for future development. It was decided that the Louisville, Mississippi project would be funded after the Cairo project.
  • In July, the technology licensor visited Grand Rapids with their engineering firm and approved Grand Rapids as a qualified site for a biorefinery.
  • In August the technology licensor and engineering firm visited Ontonagon for a second time. The project was approved for funding and initial permitting & engineering activities were authorized. The Cairo, IL plant was also authorized for development. The Cairo plant will be approximately twice the size and output of the plants in Ontonagon and Grand Rapids.
  • In September the initial construction funding estimate increased from $300 Million to $400 Million, and the construction schedule increased from 3 years to 4 years. Due to the increased budget and schedule, the project was pulled from underwriting by the Construction Financier.
  • 2019
  • Underwriting for a new budget of $440 million (per plant) and a 3 to 4-year construction schedule was approved by SynSel’s Construction Financier.
    • April: SynSel advised of participation in US Department of Energy Grant DE-FOA-0001926: Drop-in Renewable Jet Fuel Blendstocks
    • June: Term Sheet received for Ontonagon MI and Grand Rapids: each plant budgeted at $440 million for 1,000 tonne/day plants
    • July: Term Sheet for Cairo IL and Missoula MT: each plant budgeted at $750 million for 2,000 tonne/day plants
    • August: Working capital tranche anticipated