IH2technology has gotten a boost. The catalytic thermochemical process holds promise as a cost-effective route to produce liquid transportation fuels from renewable resources, according to the Gas Technology Institute, Des Plaines, Ill. GTI has set up a new pilot-scale IH2plant to broaden the biomass-to-liquid hydrocarbon fuel conversion.
The IH2process converts virtually any type of non-food biomass feedstock, such as wood, agricultural residues, algae and aquatic plants. High-quality hydrocarbon fuels and/or blend stocks in the gasoline, jet and diesel range have been produced by IH2technology in GTI tests using a broad spectrum of biomass feed. The IH
2products are fungible with fossil-derived fuels and are completely compatible with current infrastructure. In this way, the IH2process differs from other biofuel technologies that produce crude or oxygen-containing intermediates needing substantial further upgrading. GTI has licensed the IH2technology to Houston-based CRI Catalyst Co. for worldwide deployment. The timeline to market is short, with commercial introduction expected in early 2011, according to GTI.
Catalytic Thermochemical Process Holds Promise
May 1, 2012