Biofuel grants go to Rentech, ClearFuels

  • 05-Jan-2010 11:09 EST

Rentech Inc. and ClearFuels Technology Inc. in December jointly announced that they have been selected to receive a grant of up to $23 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to construct a biomass gasifier at Rentech’s Energy Technology Center in Denver. The gasifier will be integrated with Rentech’s Product Demonstration Unit (PDU) for the production of renewable synthetic fuels from biomass. The ClearFuels biomass gasifier, with a capacity of 20 ton (18 t) per day, is designed to produce synthesis gas from sugar cane bagasse, virgin wood waste, and other cellulosic feedstocks. The gasifier will be integrated with Rentech’s existing PDU at the site, which uses the Rentech Process and UOP’s upgrading technologies to produce renewable drop-in synthetic diesel and jet fuels at demonstration scale. This joint demonstration of an integrated biorefinery is expected to lead to the final design basis for commercial facilities.

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