Technologies forming a robust end-to-end process
The end-to-end solution for Bayou Fuels uses commercially demonstrated technology which is available here and now.
At the heart of the process is the Velocys FT (Fischer-Tropsch) hydrocarbon synthesis reactor which uses high performance catalysts to turn syngas, a mixture of hydrogen and carbon monoxide, into long chain hydrocarbon molecules that form the basis of liquid transportation fuels. This FT technology has been demonstrated at commercial scale, producing ASTM qualified fuels and generating RINs under the Renewable Fuels Standard.
Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) produced using the Velocys FT reactor can be blended with conventional liquid fuels and has already been successfully used in commercial aircraft.
THE PROCESS STAGES
The process of turning waste woody biomass into sustainable aviation fuel is made up of four stages.
STAGE 1: PREPARATION
First, the incoming forestry waste is turned into wood chips which are then dried
Stage 2: Gasification
Next, the solid waste is gasified - heated to a high temperature to break it down and convert it into syngas (carbon monoxide and hydrogen)
Stage 3: Synthesis
After cleaning, the syngas is used to synthesise long chain hydrocarbons using the Fischer-Tropsch technology provided by Velocys