Objective: Optimize lignocellulosic sugar streams as cost-effective feedstocks
Lead: Virent Energy Systems (Andrew Held)
Members: Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), Catchlight Energy, Iowa State University (ISU), Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Pall, and Washington State University (WSU)
The National Advanced Biofuels Consortium's catalysis of lignocellulosic sugars process strategy optimizes using complex lignocellulosic sugar streams as cost-effective feedstocks for Virent Energy Systems' (Virent) conversion process, a leading technology in the field of catalytic processing of biomass-derived sugars.
Virent's patented technology utilizes a variety of plant sugars and converts them to drop-in gasoline, diesel, and jet fuels and fuel components. The technology has been demonstrated in pilot-scale runs using simple sugar streams from beets, corn syrup, and cane juice. Virent has also demonstrated conversion of cellulosic and mixed sugar streams in lab-scale runs, but these sugar streams are not yet economical and the fuels produced would not be cost-competitive.
The BioForming technology combines Virent's proprietary aqueous phase reforming technology with catalytic steps similar to petroleum refining. Virent's technology has four main process steps:
The following schematic illustrates the catalysis of lignocellulosic sugars.
The catalysis of lignocellulosic sugars process strategy will:
The team members will take on the following roles: