Green-House-Gas-Reduced Coal-and-Biomass-to-Liquid-Based Jet Fuel (GHGR-CBTL) Process Email Page
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Performer:  Altex Technologies Corporation Location:  Sunnyvale, California
Project Duration:  10/01/2014 – 05/31/2017 Award Number:  FE0023663
Technology Area:  Coal and Coal Biomass to Liquids Total Award Value:  $3,689,779
Key Technology:  Advanced Fuels Synthesis DOD Share:  $2,832,585
Performer Share:  $857,194

Block Flow Diagram of Altex CTL Process
Block Flow Diagram of Altex CTL Process

Project Description

Altex and its partners will design, fabricate, test, and assess the performance of a greater than 1 barrel per day process to produce synthetic JP-8 jet fuel. The process combines lower temperature fast pyrolysis and the production of a targeted intermediate that can be converted to a liquid hydrocarbon fuel at a lower cost than gasification/Fischer-Tropsch methods. The system will be tested utilizing low-rank U.S. mined coal (lignite and/or subbituminous) and lignocellulosic biomass in ratios between 51% and 85% coal by higher heating value (HHV). The product will be sent to third parties for testing compliance with key military jet fuel specifications.

Project Benefits

The project will focus on meeting 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.

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Federal Project Manager Greg O'Neil:
Technology Manager K David Lyons:
Principal Investigator Mehdi Namazian: