Technology for GHG Emission Reduction and Cost-Competitive Mil-Spec Jet Fuel Production Using Coal-To-Liquid Email Page
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Performer:  Ceramatec, Inc. Location:  Salt Lake City, Utah
Project Duration:  10/01/2014 – 03/31/2018 Award Number:  FE0023863
Technology Area:  Coal and Coal Biomass to Liquids Total Award Value:  $6,303,123
Key Technology:  Advanced Fuels Synthesis DOD Share:  $4,726,542
Performer Share:  $1,576,581

Project Description

Ceramatec intends to demonstrate the production of jet fuel from a coal and glycerol or other biomass. The project will integrate several unique technologies to produce a product that may be directly blended with jet fuel from petroleum based sources. The cost is anticipated to be competitive with jet fuel from petroleum, and generate approximately 30 percent less Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions compared to conventional petroleum-based jet fuel. Process modeling will be performed to determine the mix of coal and glycerol or other biomass to achieve the target emission reduction and cost. Successful completion of this project will provide the data required for design of a commercial facility capable of providing jet fuel meeting specification and establishing the ability to produce jet fuel from coal with reduced GHG emissions.

Project Benefits

The project will focus on meeting the program goals 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 Molten Salt Gasification (MSG), sulfur removal system and hybrid catalyst technologies are anticipated to be advanced by the project development efforts utilizing U.S. mined coal as at least 51% of the input feedstock on a BTU basis (higher heating value) and the balance in glycerol or other biomass in the hybrid CTL process.

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Federal Project Manager Anthony Zinn:
Technology Manager K David Lyons:
Principal Investigator Joseph Hartvigsen: