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Haldor Topsøe, Phillips 66, others produce gasoline from woody biomass

06.24.2013  | 

In the future, biomass may be a significant feedstock source and Haldor Topsøe expects that the combination of technologies used will be part of the solution to future fuel supply. The integrated pilot plant consists of Andritz Carbona gasification and Andritz Carbona/Haldor Topsøe catalytic reforming.

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Haldor Topsøe A/S project partners Andritz Carbona, Gas Technology Institute, Phillips 66 and UPM-Kymmene have successfully completed the first production of gasoline from woody biomass in an integrated 20 bpd demonstration plant located near Chicago, the companies announced on Monday.

This represents a key milestone because all the individual technology steps that have been demonstrated individually in the past for other purposes have now been integrated into one plant with the intention to produce transportation fuel.

In the future, biomass may be a significant feedstock source, and Haldor Topsøe said it expects that the combination of technologies demonstrated in this project will be part of the solution to the future fuel supply.

The integrated pilot plant consists of Andritz Carbona gasification and Andritz Carbona/Haldor Topsøe catalytic reforming that produces clean syngas, GTI/Uhde’s Morphysorb process to capture acid gases and Haldor Topsøe’s TIGAS process to convert syngas to gasoline.

Woody biomass is supplied by UPM-Kymmene. Phillips 66 will conduct single engine emission tests and moderate fleet testing of the renewable drop-in gasoline.

The project has been supported by the US Department of Energy (DOE), Golden Field Office, under its Integrated Biorefinery Platform program to demonstrate a new technology for thermochemical conversion of woody biomass into gasoline. The project team has worked under a cost sharing contract with DOE since 2010.

The demonstration plant started operations in early 2013 and will continue with additional demonstration runs during the fall of 2013 and the spring of 2014. The primary objective of the additional demonstration runs is to validate performance and economics for commercialization of the technology.



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Anghel Ion Costica
06.27.2013

It is wrong to develop projects to transform the animal or vegetal (woody) biomass in fuels or fuel components.
The research and development direction to transform this biomass should be oriented to:
- The getting of eco-fertilizers or fertilizers components for agriculture;
- Components or food for animals;
- Components to industrial using.
This development direction is not the mistake of the company that effect the research but of politicians who waste financial resources for wrong purposes.

Jack Rubin
06.25.2013

It looks expensive requiring a significant plant size to produce reasonable economics. Where is there sufficient feedstock supply to support the plant size for positive economics. I would like to see the economics

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