Haldor, Phillips 66, UPM produce gasoline from wood biomass

24 June 2013 13:58  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Danish industrial conglomerate Haldor Topsoe said on Monday it has successfully completed its first production of gasoline from woody biomass at a demonstration plant located near Chicago, in the US.

Other partners on the project included US-based oil and gas company Phillips 66, Finnish renewable fuels producer UPM-Kymmene, US non-profit the Gas Technology Institute, and Andritz Carbona, the woody biomass gasifier specialist subsidiary of plants and equipment supplier Andritz Group.

The Chicago plant has a capacity of 20 bbl/day, the Haldor added.

[The successful production of gasoline] represents a key milestone because all the individual technology steps that have been demonstrated individually in the past for other purposes have now been integrated into one plant with the intention to produce transportation fuel,” the company said in a statement.

Operations began at the demonstration plant in early 2013, and will continue with additional work through to spring 2014, with the primary objective for the additional work being to prove the case for the commercialisation of the technology, Haldor added.

Phillips 66 is to conduct single engine emission tests and fleet testing of the fuel, which could serve as a renewable drop-in technology, the company added. Drop-in fuels do not require existing technology to be altered.

The project has received financial support from the US' Department of Energy under a cost-sharing project.

By: Tom Brown
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