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Chementator: Joint venture will produce transportation fuels from agricultural and forest residues  

By Edited by Gerald Ondrey |

UOP LLC (Des Plaines, Ill.; www.uop.com) will form a joint venture (JV) with Ensyn Corp. (Wilmington, Del.; www.ensyn.com) to offer technology for the production of fuel oil and transportation fuels from second-generation biomass, such as forest and agricultural residues. Ensyn long ago commercialized a fast pyrolysis process for converting cellulosic waste to bio-oil and operates several plants that produce fuel oil for boilers and turbines, plus biophenolics and food flavorings. The JV will offer this technology worldwide and at the same time will develop a process to upgrade the bio-oil to gasoline, diesel and jet fuels, using UOP’s expertise in petroleum refining. UOP has pilot facilities in place for upgrading pyrolysis oil and expects to have that technology available for licensing within three years, says Graham Ellis, UOP’s business manager for renewable energy and fuels. The company has already produced gasoline from pyrolysis oil on a small scale in collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (Golden, Colo.; www.nrel.gov) and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Richland, Wash.; www.pnl.gov — CE, May, p. 26). Important steps in the process are the removal of undesirable oxygen and water…
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