The Coal-Biomass Feed and Gasification Key Technology is advancing scientific knowledge of the production of liquid hydrocarbon fuels from coal and/or coal-biomass mixtures. Activities support research for handling and processing of coal-biomass mixtures, ensuring those mixtures are compatible with feed delivery systems, identifying potential impacts on downstream components, and gasifier optimization.
Active projects within the program portfolio include the following:
Feasibility of Coal-to-liquids (CTL) Major Demonstration
Two studies are being conducted to determine the feasibility of a coal-to-liquids (CTL) facility to produce jet fuel.
Coal-biomass gasification modeling
Research efforts for the following projects involve experiments and kinetic modeling with the objective of predicting gasification behavior for a broad range of pressures and temperatures and to determine the key reactive properties for coal-biomass mixed fuels.
The objective of this project is to advance the design and construction of a mini Fischer-Tropsch refinery.
Aerojet Rocketdyne is further developing an advanced pilot-scale gasifier for use in a first-of-a-kind, commercially relevant demonstration plant. Research is being conducted on advanced water-gas shift processes and catalysts for testing at pilot-plant scale, to reduce the cost of high-hydrogen syngas production.
Systems and Industry Analysis
As part of the support for the Coal and Coal-Biomass to Liquids key technology area, systems studies are being conducted to provide unbiased comparisons of competing technologies, determine the best way to integrate process technology steps, and predict the economic and environmental impacts of successful development.
Recently Completed Projects:
The other key technology within Coal and Coal-Biomass to Liquids: