The US Department of Energy announced up to $3.1 million will go to the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for the catalytic deoxygenation of pyrolysis oils.
Albemarle Corporation and UOP LLC, a Honeywell Company, will collaborate in this three-year project to develop better processes to upgrade pyrolysis oil to hydrocarbon fuels. The goal of the project is to produce hydrocarbon fuels from bio-oil that are interchangeable with gasoline, diesel or jet fuels produced from petroleum. This project will develop an integrated and stable catalytic deoxygenation process for converting bio-oil to drop-in fuels. The project will also investigate catalyst and process parameters that lead to increased process performance over time to enable extended operations in future commercial-scale refineries.