Displacing crude requires focus on RDD&D for technologies

18 June 2013 05:19  [Source: ICIS news]

MONTREAL, Canada (ICIS)--There is a greater focus need on research, development, deployment and demonstration (RDD&D) for a range of technologies to displace the entire barrel of petroleum crude, a Department of Energy (DOE) technology manager said on Monday

The US spends about $1bn (€750m) each day on crude oil imports, and only 40% of a barrel of crude oil is used to produce petroleum gasoline, said Joyce Yang from the DOE’s Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) office.

Ethanol can only displace a portion of the barrel that is made into gasoline, she said at the World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology conference.

“Reducing our dependence on oil also requires replacing diesel, jet fuel, heavy distillates and a range of other chemicals and products that are currently derived from crude oil,” Yang said.

In its May update, the EERE said it will focus on research and development (R&D) of a sustainable, high-quality feedstock supply system, R&D of biomass conversion technologies, industrial-scale demonstration and validation of integrated biorefineries, as well as cross-cutting sustainability, analysis, and strategic communications activities.

The World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology conference runs through Wednesday.

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