Production of renewable transportation fuels through strategic relationships
Ensyn’s RTP liquids can be converted to transportation fuels, such as gasoline, diesel and jet fuel that are indistinguishable from their petroleum-based counterparts. Ensyn is carrying out its transportation fuels program in conjunction with two strategic relationships, UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, and Chevron Technology Ventures, a division of Chevron U.S.A., Inc. The technical approach selected by Ensyn and its strategic collaborators for their transportation fuels initiatives with Ensyn is a two-step process:
- First, non-food biomass is converted to high yields of liquids using Ensyn’s non-catalytic RTP process, with the aim of obtaining maximum conversion of carbon, the backbone of transportation fuels molecules, to liquid form.
- Second, RTP liquids are “upgraded” to drop-in transportation fuels using conventional technologies used in petroleum refining.
Upgrading of Ensyn’s RTP liquids to a series of “drop-in” transportation fuels has been successfully demonstrated in pilot facilities, and the focus now is to select the optimal technologies and configurations for full-scale commercial operations. Commercial availability of RTP transportation fuels is targeted for 2013.
Ensyn and UOP
Ensyn has teamed up with UOP, a Honeywell company, in a joint venture called Envergent Technologies. One of the primary goals of this joint venture is the development of commercial-scale processes for the production of transportation fuels from Ensyn’s RTP liquids. UOP, as a leading global supplier of refining technologies, is uniquely positioned to partner with Ensyn in this endeavor. UOP was selected by the US Department of Energy to demonstrate this technology, and has been awarded a grant of US$25 million for a demonstration project in Hawaii. This facility, which will upgrade RTP fuels into green transportation fuels, is currently under construction and is expected to be commissioned in 2013. Learn more about UOP and Envergent Technologies
Ensyn and Chevron Technology Ventures
Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV) serves as the company’s business and technology incubator, evaluating and demonstrating emerging technologies that could improve Chevron’s efficiency and enhance the performance of its base businesses. CTV champions innovation, commercialization and integration of emerging technologies within Chevron. Ensyn and CTV have established a strategic relationship regarding the production of renewable transportation fuels from Ensyn’s RTP liquids. This initiative includes an agreement under which CTV is applying Chevron’s proprietary upgrading technologies and know-how at Chevron’s refineries in order to convert Ensyn’s RTP liquids produced from a variety of non-food cellulosic biomass feedstocks to transportation fuels, such as gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. Learn more about Chevron Technology Ventures