“Drop-In” Fuels From Biomass Produced by Community Power Corporation
LITTLETON, CO: Community Power Corporation (CPC) has successfully produced “drop in” diesel and aviation fuels from wood chips and other waste biomass materials with its modular bio-refinery system known as the LiquiMax®.
The CPC LiquiMax® system uses a proprietary enhanced Fischer-Tropsch process that is housed in 20’ ISO shipping containers. The LiquiMax® system converts the nitrogen-diluted syngas produced by CPC’s BioMax®--their biomass processing system. Both LiquiMax® and BioMax® systems can be moved easily to a biomass processing location and relocated if the biomass source changes.
Steve Sherwood, CPC’s project manager states, “What separates our gas-to-liquid fuels system (GTL) from other companies in the industry is the inexpensive, proprietary catalysts that are used to enhance the Fischer-Tropsch process, as well as other refinery processes. These catalysts, along with some other proprietary processes, allow CPC to process a wide-range of feedstock into liquid fuels.”
Unlike other GTL systems, the CPC liquid fuel products require no additional processing and can be used directly in engines (“drop-in”) without blending or additives. The same LiquiMax® technology that processes the syngas from CPC’s BioMax® biomass systems can also process syngas produced from natural gas or any other methane gas source, using CPC’s proprietary reforming technology. Regardless of the feedstock used (biomass, natural gas, landfill gas or other), the same high quality liquid fuels are produced.
The LiquiMax® diesel fuel product (SynDiesel) exceeds all ASTM D975 requirements for an ultralow-sulfur No. 1 diesel. It has a cetane number over 60; and unlike other GTL fuels, it meets lubricity standards without the addition of chemical supplements. With the addition of a few proprietary processes, the LiquiMax® process is capable of producing an extremely low freeze-point turbine aviation fuel. This aviation fuel has passed the Tier 1 qualification for Military JP-8 fuel.
In addition to producing high-quality liquid fuels, the LiquiMax® process can be adjusted to optimize production of low molecular weight olefins for feed stock in the production of plastics and specialty products.
Bill Cetti, Vice President of CPC, states, “Demonstration of the processing flexibility of the LiquiMax® system is planned within a few weeks for the military.” While the demonstration will be performed with a prototype system, CPC is rapidly moving to commercialize its GTL technology. Flying under the radar without much visibility to most of the biofuels industry, CPC has identified multiple applications where a small modular transportable micro-refinery is practical. Cetti notes, “The ability to process biomass, natural gas, landfill and similar gases into liquid fuels adds markets to the CPC GTL program.” He continues, “The upsizing of the system is practical which further enhances the market opportunities.”
About Community Power Corporation
Community Power Corporation (CPC) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Afognak Native Corporation, an Alaska Native corporation formed under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. CPC is the leading developer and supplier of small, modular bioenergy gasification systems. These 21st century, fully automated modular bioenergy systems come in power blocks of 25 or 100 kWe and above. A BioMax® system offers new options for lowering a facility’s cost and reducing its carbon footprint by converting a variety of onsite residues and waste streams to onsite clean and green power, heat and cooling. Learn more about CPC at www.gocpc.com.
Posted: May 24, 2012