September 2008

Misc

Consider upgrading pyrolysis oils into renewable fuels

New research is identifying processing routes to convert cellulosic biomass into transportation fuels

Bain, R., National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Elliott, D., Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; Holmgren, J., UOP LLC; Marinangeli, R., Nair, P., UOP A Honeywell Company

T?o enable a sustained supply of biomass-based transportation fuels, the capability to process feedstocks outside the food chain must be developed. Significant industry efforts are underway to develop these new technologies, such as converting cellulosic wastes to ethanol. An alternate route being pursued involves using a fast pyrolysis operation to generate pyrolysis oil (pyoil for short). Current efforts are focused on developing a thermochemical platform to convert pyoils to renewable gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. The fuels produced will be indistinguishable from their fossil fuel counterparts and, therefore, will be compatible with existing transport and distribution infrastructure.

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