Technology will convert cellulosic biomass to bio-oil for industrial
heating, power generation and transportation fuels
DES PLAINES, Ill., Sept. 10 /CNW/ -- UOP LLC, a Honeywell (NYSE: HON)
company, announced today that it has signed a letter of intent with Ensyn Corp
to form a joint venture to offer technology and equipment to convert
second-generation biomass into oil for power generation, heating fuel and
eventually for conversion into transportation fuels. UOP and Ensyn expect to
finalize terms for the venture in the fourth quarter of 2008.
The joint venture company will offer Ensyn's proven Rapid Thermal
Processing (RTP)(TM) technology, which converts second generation biomass like
forest and agricultural wastes to bio-oil, also known as pyrolysis oil, for
use in power and heating applications. The joint venture will also accelerate
research and development efforts to commercialize next-generation technology
to refine the bio-oil into transport fuels such as green gasoline, green
diesel and green jet fuel.
"The widespread use of residual biomass -- a clean, sustainable source of
energy -- is a major step forward to reducing our carbon footprint and
broadening our energy resources," said UOP Director of Renewable Energy and
Chemicals Jennifer Holmgren. "We are confident that the combined resources of
UOP and Ensyn will allow this venture to commercialize viable solutions for
converting biomass to drop-in transportation fuels in the next three years."
RTP is a rapid thermal process in which biomass such as wood chips or
straw is rapidly heated at ambient pressure to generate high yields of a
light, pourable liquid bio-oil, which can then be burned for energy in
industrial burners and furnaces. This bio-oil also has the potential of being
refined into transportation fuels.
"We are very pleased to align ourselves with UOP, the world's leading
refining technology company, in order to jointly develop applications for
transport fuels and to help us market our unique technology to the transport
fuels sector as well as the heating and power markets," said Ensyn Chairman
and CEO Dr. Robert Graham. "We believe this alliance will generate multiple
commercial breakthroughs in the biomass-to-energy world."
UOP, a recognized leader in refining process technologies, launched its
Renewable Energy & Chemicals business in late 2006. Since then, UOP has
commercialized the UOP/Eni Ecofining(TM) process to produce green diesel fuel
from biological feedstocks and has also developed process technology to
produce renewable jet fuel. UOP has ongoing research efforts in biofuels, with
specific focus on second generation feedstocks working with organizations like
the US Department of Energy (DOE) and DOE's National Renewable Energy Lab and
Pacific Northwest National Lab.
Ensyn commercialized its RTP technology in the 1980's and has over 18
years of commercial experience producing bio-oil for various natural chemical
and fuel products. Ensyn currently operates seven commercial biomass
processing plants in the US and Canada, producing numerous natural chemicals
and energy products.
UOP LLC, headquartered in Des Plaines, Illinois, USA, is a leading
international supplier and licensor of process technology, catalysts,
adsorbents, process plants, and consulting services to the petroleum refining,
petrochemical, and gas processing industries. UOP is a wholly-owned subsidiary
of Honeywell International, Inc. and is part of Honeywell's Specialty
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