Design/Cost Study and Commercialization Analysis for Synthetic Jet Fuel Production at a Mississippi Site from Lignite and Woody Biomass with CO2 Capture Email Page
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Performer: Trustees of Princeton University
Website: Trustees of Princeton University
Award Number: FE0023697
Project Duration: 10/01/2014 – 03/31/2017
Total Award Value: $1,611,614
DOE Share: $1,275,832
Performer Share: $335,782
Technology Area: Coal and Coal Biomass to Liquids
Key Technology: Biomass Feed and Gasification
Location: New Jersey; Pennsylvania; Queensland, Australia

Project Description

The scope of this project is to design and evaluate the cost-competitiveness of a commercial-scale integrated facility at a southern Mississippi site. The facility will co-gasify lignite and woody biomass to produce syngas that is converted via Fischer-Tropsch (F-T) synthesis/refining to liquid products. The primary product will be a synthetic jet fuel suitable to substitute for petroleum-derived jet fuel. The plant production capacity will likely be in the range of 5,000 to 15,000 barrels per day of liquid product. A key objective in the design of this lignite/biomass-to-jet (LBJ) plant is lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for the synthetic jet fuel that are less than for petroleum-derived jet fuel. The use of some biomass will help achieve this. Additionally, byproduct CO2 will be captured at the plant, and it will be sold for use in enhanced oil recovery (EOR) to generate revenue.

Project Benefits

The project supports the program goals to help enable CTL plants to: 1) produce products that include a commercially-viable quantity of jet fuel; 2) make significant progress towards meeting lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions requirements of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007; and 3) make significant progress toward being cost competitive with petroleum based jet fuel. The evaluation is anticipated to determine the optimal configuration for the proposed coal/biomass to jet fuel plant.

Contact Information

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Technology Manager K David Lyons:
Principal Investigator Eric Larson:


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