New Energy Research Findings from National Renewable Energy Laboratory Described [Techno-economic analysis of liquid fuel production from woody biomass via hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) and upgrading]
By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Energy Weekly News -- Research findings on Energy Research are discussed in a new report. According to news originating from Golden, Colorado, by VerticalNews correspondents, research stated, "Techno-economic analysis (TEA) was implemented to evaluate the feasibility of developing a commercial large-scale woody biomass HTL and upgrading plant. In this system, woody biomass at 2000 dry metric ton/day was assumed to be converted to bio-oil via HTL and further upgraded to produce liquid fuel."
Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from National Renewable Energy Laboratory, "Two cases were evaluated: a state-of-technology (SOT) case with HTL experimental testing results underpinning the major design basis and a goal case considering future improvements for a commercial plant with mature technologies. Process simulation and cost analysis were conducted. The annual production rate for the final hydrocarbon product was estimated to be 42.9 and 69.9 million gallon gasoline-equivalent (GGE) for the SOT and goal cases, respectively. The minimum fuel selling price (MFSP) was estimated to be $4.44/GGE for the SOT case and $2.52/GGE for the goal case. For advancing from the SOT to the goal case, the assumption of reducing the organics loss to the water phase led to the largest reduction in the production cost. Alternative configuration of small scale distributed HTL plants was evaluated."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Sensitivity analysis identified key factors affecting the goal case and its cost uncertainties resulting from the assumed uncertainties in selected parameters."
For more information on this research see: Techno-economic analysis of liquid fuel production from woody biomass via hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) and upgrading. Applied Energy, 2014;129():384-394. Applied Energy can be contacted at: Elsevier Sci Ltd, The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, Oxon, England. (Elsevier - www.elsevier.com; Applied Energy - www.elsevier.com/wps/product/cws_home/405891)
The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from Y.H. Zhu, Natl Renewable Energy Lab, Golden, CO 80401, United States. Additional authors for this research include M.J. Biddy, S.B. Jones, D.C. Elliott and A.J. Schmidt.
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