Demonstration Plant Norwegian Company to Convert Woody Biomass into Transportation Fuels

Editor: Tobias Hüser

Synsel Energi has entered into an IH2 process demonstration license agreement with CRI/Criterion Catalyst Company. The technology is a continuous catalytic thermo-chemical process which converts a broad range of forestry and agricultural residues and municipal wastes directly into renewable hydrocarbon transportation fuels and blend stocks.

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Agreement between Synsel Energi and CRI for a IH2 demonstration plant
Agreement between Synsel Energi and CRI for a IH2 demonstration plant
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Houston/USA – The Basic Engineering Package for the 5 metric ton/day demonstration plant located in Grenland, Norway, is to be completed over a period of several months by Zeton. Zeton is the preferred engineering services provider for IH2 facilities at demonstration scale. The demonstration plant will be integrated into an existing third-party petrochemical manufacturing site, allowing for optimized capital and operating expense. Zeton’s engineering and fabrication experience with the technology at the bench and pilot scale will assist in de-risking subsequent commercial scale designs.

Synsel recognizes the potential of the IH2 technology to monetize residual biomass and cost-effectively deliver renewable hydrocarbon fuels and blend stocks at prices competitive with fossil fuels currently. The company intends to extend its collaboration with CRI and its partners to implement the technology on a commercial scale in Norway initially. Innovation Norway has been instrumental in providing initial funding support for the demonstration plant as an integral pathway to several commercial IH2 plants in Norway.

The design feedstock for the facility will be forest residues including slash, sawdust, bark and wood chips with the ability to process select agricultural and municipal residues as well. IH2 hydrocarbons produced from these feedstocks span the gasoline, jet and diesel range. The hydrocarbons currently meet the ASTM specifications for their respective road transport fuels, positioned for the US market as an E10 gasoline fully renewable product or as a 100 % fully renewable on-road diesel. Ongoing research indicates a high probability to achieve EN specification fuels or high-quality blend stocks. High-quality jet-range hydrocarbon blend stocks are also produced.

Efficient conversion route

The technology is an efficient conversion route for lignocellulosic biomass. Production economics have been estimated to provide hydrocarbon fuels at fully profited manufacturing costs of $ 2.50/gallon at 2000 tonne dry feed/day scale on a USGC basis using a full stand-alone design.

The IH2 process was developed by Gas Technology Institute (GTI) – a research, development, and training organization serving energy markets. GTI experts invented, tested, and patented the technology and are providing ongoing commercialization support. Twelve US and seven international patents have been issued on the technology. CRI Catalyst Company has been granted exclusive worldwide licensing rights.