Biomass to Hydrocarbons by Catalytic Fast Pyrolysis

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-11ER90180
Agency Tracking Number: 96130
Amount: $999,872.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: 02 d
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0000676
Small Business Information
45 Manning Road, Billerica, MA, 01821-3976
DUNS: 030817290
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Timko
 (978) 932-0280
Business Contact
 George Wittreich
Title: Mr.
Phone: (978) 932-0215
Research Institution
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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