Research projects

Enhances catalytic fast pyrolysis of biomass

PROJECT INFORMATION

Full title:

Enhanced catalytic fast pyrolysis of biomass for maximum production of high-quality biofuels.

Acronym

EnCat

Funding/Programme

Horizon 2020 RIA, ERA-NET Bioenergy

ERA-NET Bioenergy

Duration

2017-2020

Partners

Alucha (NL), OPRA Turbines (NL), KTH (SE), BIOS (AT), IChPC (PL)  

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The Enhanced Catalytic Pyrolysis (EnCat) project presents and investigates a new concept for the production of high-quality bio-oil and a high yield. Because of a novel biomass pre-treatment step to be developed the concept is suitable for both woody biomass and biomass residues from agriculture, etc. The pretreated biomass will be pyrolysed in a reactor making use of deoxygenation catalysts.

Simultaneously, CO2 will be captured with sorbents and via the water-gas-shift reaction in-situ hydrogen will be produced. After cleaning, the oil vapours will be mildly hydrogenated to produce a high-quality bio-oil. The high-quality oil will be used for combustion tests in both a diesel engine and a gas turbine for combined power and heat generation. Parallel to this, the bio-oil will be further upgraded by a new method of downstream hydrogenation under high pressure for production of high-grade transportation fuels.

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