Catalysts for Better Biofuel Production
(CORDIS/Phys.Org) … The EU-funded FASTCARD project used two different routes to meet European commitments to the production of advanced biofuels. The first involved the ‘liquefaction’ of biomass and is the closest to competing economically with fossil fuels, while the second employed gasification of biomass, which can be economically challenging over the short-term. “The initiative integrated fundamental theoretical studies and insights conducted at the molecular level with models and experimental activities carried out at a pilot scale,” says project coordinator Dr. Duncan Akporiaye.
Research enabled the short- and long-term implementation of advanced biofuel production based on the rapid and risk reducing industrialisation of nano-catalytic processes via liquid-based and gas-based value chains. The consortium combined it with micro-kinetic and process design level modelling to better understand the mechanisms and economics underlying these processes. “These models will assist in identifying promising next generation catalysts, as well as in the scale-up from the laboratory to the industrial scale,” explains Dr. Akporiaye.
FASTCARD provides greater understanding of the process at the pilot scale for the two key routes to advanced biofuels. “The project will help participating companies to translate the experimental results previously carried out at the lab scale to the pilot scale, thereby reducing the risks and uncertainties associated with going forward towards full commercialisation,” points out Dr. Akporiaye. READ MORE