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/Uhdes
Morphysorb process to capture acid gases and Haldor
Topsøes TIGAS process to convert syngas
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.