Biomass to Hydrocarbons by Catalytic Fast Pyrolysis

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$999,872.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
DE-FG02-11ER90180
Agency Tracking Number:
96130
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
02 d
Solicitation Number:
DE-FOA-0000676
Small Business Information
Aerodyne Research, Inc.
45 Manning Road, Billerica, MA, 01821-3976
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
030817290
Principal Investigator:
Michael Timko
Dr.
(978) 932-0280
timko@aerodyne.com
Business Contact:
George Wittreich
Mr.
(978) 932-0215
gnw@aerodyne.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
The U.S. has a pressing need to develop technologies to convert non-food biomass resources into fuels and chemicals. Current technologies have major disadvantages, including poor product distributions, slow reaction rates, and high costs. We are working on a new pyrolysis technology to convert lignocellulosic biomass into either alkenes or alkanes. A series of commercial and synthesized catalysts have been tested for pyrolysis and upgrading activity. The results of these tests proved the technical feasibility of using pyrolysis chemistries to convert an important component of lignocellulosic biomass into hydrocarbons. The Phase I technology will be scaled-up to the laboratory scale and use the scaled-up reactor to evaluate catalyst activity, selectivity, longevity, and regenerability properties.

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