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January 13, 2010
UOP to receive DoE award for cellulose-to-fuel plant
(Des Plaines, Ill.;
) will receive a US$25 million award from the
U.S. Department of Energy
) to construct a demonstration plant for converting cellulosic biomass to transportation fuels.
Scheduled to begin operations in 2014, the unit will be built at the
. (San Antonio, Texas;
) refinery in Kapolei, Hawaii.
The demonstration plant will employ RTP (rapid thermal processing) technology developed by UOP and
. (Ottowa, Canada;
). RTP rapidly heats biomass at ambient pressure to generate high yields of pourable liquid pyrolysis oil. The pyrolysis oil is then upgraded using technology developed by UOP in conjunction with researchers at two Department of Energy laboratories: the
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Several types of cellulosic feedstocks from different suppliers will be used in the project. Feedstocks include selected waste agricultural products, pulp, paper, woody biomass, algae and dedicated energy crops like switchgrass and high-biomass sorghum.
The biofuel ultimately produced at the demonstration unit will be analyzed by a panel of petroleum refiners and will be evaluated for end-use by UOP parent company
Honeywell International Inc
. (Morristown, N.J.;
General Motors Corp
. (Detroit, Mich.;
. (Chicago, Ill.;
). In addition, a life-cycle analysis of the project will be carried out by researchers at
Michigan Technological University
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