19 August 2013

NextFuels targets palm oil waste for advanced biofuel production

New, hydrothermal process for wet biomass that can consist of 60 to 70 percent water

California-based NextFuels has emerged from stealth mode and is unveiling its strategy to produce advanced biofuels from wet, unprocessed agricultural waste via a hydrothermal process originally developed by Shell in the 1980s.

According to Ralph Overend, chief scientist of NextFuels, the company’s bio-liquefaction technology reacts biomass within liquid water at high temperatures and pressures to produce a putty-like substance referred to as GreenCrude, which can be either burned as a coal replacement or further refined into transportation fuels at traditional oil refineries.

… Full text: biomassmagazine.com/articles/9327/nextfuels-targets-palm-oil-waste-for-advanced-biofuel-production

Tags: pyrolysis, hydrothermal process, oxygen, pilot scale, Netherlands, palm oil residue, Asia, facility

Source: Biomass Magazine, 2013-08-19.

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