May 28, 2012 - Envergent Technologies LLC, a Honeywell company, has been awarded a
Sustainable Biofuels Award for its contributions toward sustainable
biopower generation facilities. The award recognised Envergent's Rapid
Thermal Processing (RTP) technology to convert biomass into renewable
fuels that can be used in a variety of heat and power applications.
RTP is the only commercially proven process of its kind and the only
biomass conversion technology commercially operating today that produces
a liquid biofuel that can directly replace petroleum-based fuel oil.
The award was presented in the category of Sustainable Biopower
Generation Facility at the World Biofuels Markets, a leading event for
the biofuels industry.
RTP technology converts biomass, including forest and agricultural
residues, into a clean-burning, nearly carbonneutral liquid biofuel that
can be burned to generate heat or electricity, or further upgraded to
other fuels. RTP technology works by rapidly heating biomass at ambient
pressure to generate high yields of a liquid biofuel. The fuel can be
burned in industrial burners to produce heat or to power electric
generators. RTP technology has been used in a number of projects
worldwide using a variety of wood biomass sources for the generation of
heat and power.
"As the demand for renewable fuels increases, Envergent is committed to
innovation using sustainable resources and bringing relevant technology
to the marketplace that will help reduce our dependence on fossil fuels
and improve our environmental footprint," said Dave Cepla, managing
director for Envergent Technologies LLC.
Honeywell's UOP received a $25 million award from the US Department of
Energy to build an Integrated Biorefinery in Kapolei, Hawaii. In 2011,
it began construction of the demonstration unit, which will convert
forest residuals, algae and other cellulosic biomass into pourable,
liquid biofuel using RTP technology.
This liquid biofuel will then be upgraded to green transportation fuels using hydroprocessing technology from Honeywell's UOP.