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Refineries to produce diesel and gas from biomass

Apr.11, 2012 - Within the next two years, experts believe that more refineries will start investigating producing diesel and gasoline from renewable biomass sources.


April 11, 2012
By Global Technology Forum

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Apr. 11, 2012 – Within the next two years, experts believe that more refineries will
start investigating producing diesel and gasoline from renewable biomass
sources.

In an article published in the Global Technology Forum, the author explores two different refinery-based projects: UOP and Ensyn’s
integrated biorefinery pilot-scale project in Hawaii, and the IH2
project, led by the Gas Technology Institute, with catalysts
provided by CRI Catalyst.

The article discusses the feasibility of both projects, as well as their cost, yields, energy load and the issues associated with sourcing feedstock.

"It’s not
the same as moving around a petroleum product," says Jim Rekoske, vice-president and general manager for Honeywell UOP’s Renewable Energy and Chemicals business, "where one can build a
pipeline or a supertanker and transfer it quite efficiently. It’s much
less energy dense; hauling all that biomass around is a substantial
challenge and we’re working with many partners to understand how to
overcome those challenges."

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The entire article can be viewed online on the Global Technology Forum.


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