I've just asked Air Liquide for more details on Bioliq a process developed by its subsidiary Lurgi which converts straw to liquid, and then converts that to synthesis gas and on to liquid fuels.
Here are some of the questions that I've just asked the press office.
- How is the syn crude made?
- Is it a biological process
- If so is it bacteria driven/mould/enzyme driven or some other route (as much detail as possible please) What is the yield and the rate of the process?
- Is it a chemical process. How is it catalysed (as much detail as possible please) what is the yield and the rate of the process ?
- Refining the biocrude sounds very much like Fischer-Tropshe is that the case what kind of catalysts are you using. What is the yield and the rate. ?
- How much gasoline can you generate from a tonne of straw?
- What is the energy balance of the process. How does it compare with ethanol fermentation/crude processing.
- What distance do you think that you'll need to take straw from to meet demand. At what distance is it uneconomical?
- Does the process regenerate carbon that could be added to the soil to stop it becoming depleted.
I would really appreciate as much data on these points as you can manage by Monday afternoon (9 Feb 2009). Please let me know if this is going to be possible.