CATALYTIC PARTIAL OXIDATION OF BIO GAS AND REFORMING OF PIROLYSIS OIL (BIO OIL) FOR AN AUTOTHERMAL SYNTHESIS GAS PRODUCTION AND CONVERTION INTO FUELS
BIO-GO-For-Production is a Large Scale Collaborative Research Project that aims to achieve a step change in the application of nanocatalysis to sustainable energy production through an integrated, coherent and holistic approach utilizing novel heterogeneous nanoparticulate catalysts in fuel syntheses. BIO-GO researches and develops advanced nanocatalysts, which are allied with advanced reactor concepts to realise modular, highly efficient, integrated processes for the production of fuels from renewable bio-oils and biogas. Principal objectives are to develop new designs, preparation routes and methods of coating nanocatalysts on innovative micro-structured reactor designs, enabling compact, integrated catalytic reactor systems that exploit fully the special properties of nanocatalysts to improve process efficiency through intensification. An important aim is to reduce the dependence on precious metals and rare earths. Catalyst development is underpinned by modelling, kinetic and in-situ studies, and is validated by extended laboratory runs of biogas and bio-oil reforming, methanol synthesis and gasoline production to benchmark performance against current commercial catalysts. The 4-year project culminates in two verification steps: (a) a 6 month continuous pilot scale catalyst production run to demonstrate scaled up manufacturing potential for fast industrialisation (b) the integration at miniplant scale of the complete integrated process to gasoline production starting from bio-oil and bio-gas feedstocks. A cost evaluation will be carried out on the catalyst production while LCA will be undertaken to analyse environmental impacts across the whole chain. BIO-GO brings together a world class multi-disciplinary team from 15 organisations to carry out the ambitious project, the results of which will have substantial strategic, economic and environmental impacts on the EU petrochemicals industry and on the increasing use of renewable feedstock for energy.
Project Partner: Institut Fuer Mikrotechnik Mainz GMBH (Germany); Teer Coatings Limited (UK); Total s.a. (France); C-Tech Innovation Limited (UK); Microinnova Engineering GMBH (Austria); Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (Netherlands); The University of Warwich (UK); Brunel University (UK); Tver Technical University (Russian Federation); The Queen University of Belfast (UK); A.N. Nesmeyanov Institute of Organoelement Compounds of Russian Academy of Sciences (Russian Federation); University College Cork (Ireland).
Project conclusion: December 2017
Spike Renewables has designed and manufactured components with the aim of verifying the potential of the application of nanocatalysts in the synthesis of biofuels.