WR Grace receives US biofuel technology grant

10 September 2010 14:28  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS)--WR Grace will receive a grant of up to $3.3m (€2.6m) from the US Department of Energy (DoE) to help develop biofuel technologies, the US specialty chemicals and catalyst producer said on Friday.

Grace would work with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to develop technologies for thermochemical conversion of biomass to advanced biofuels that were compatible with existing fuelling infrastructure, it said.

The technologies would upgrade bio-oils into gasoline, diesel and jet fuels using a specialised catalytic reactor designed to resist corrosion and extend catalyst lifetime, it added.

The funding was part of the Department of Energy’s strategy to accelerate the development of sustainable biofuels, Grace said.

“Our understanding of catalysts, combined with [PNNL’s] pyrolysis and process development expertise, will position us to accelerate the commercialisation of this new technology and production process,” said Susan Ehrlich, business director of Grace Renewable Technologies.

Washington state-based PNNL is a Department of Energy national laboratory with a staff of 4,700 and an annual budget of almost $1.1bn.

($1 = €0.79)

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