101 A Design for Biofuels Processing Using Aquatic Biomass

Wednesday, November 4, 2009: 9:30 AM
Charolais (Camino Real Hotel)
Beverly A. Crawford, PhD , Los Alamos National Laboratory - Carlsbad Operations, Carlsbad, NM
James Luginbyhl, PhD , Los Alamos National Laboratory - Carlsbad Operations, Carlsbad, NM
Stephen Miehls , Los Alamos National Laboratory - Carlsbad Operations, Carlsbad, NM
Richard Aves , Cetane Energy LLC, Carlsbad, NM
Since the last gas shortage in the seventies, the United States has had interest in developing fuel from affordable renewable resources.  This interest has been stimulated lately with the increased price of gasoline at the pump and the development of new processes that make it possible to produce a variety of biofuel products using a wide variety of feed materials.  Biofuel products can be produced from a wide range of hydrocarbon sources using hydrotreatment processes. Hydrotreatment coupled with feed preparation that uses nearly all components of the feedstock are being evaluated in collaboration with Cetane Energy LLC in Carlsbad, New Mexico.  As part of this work, a bench scale process is being designed and will be built.  This process will be used  to evaluate aquatic biomass and other feed materials for introduction to a deoxygenation/hydrogenation process.  In work funded through the New Mexico Small Business Administration, Los Alamos National Laboratory – Carlsbad Operations has evaluated two biomass preparation methods that may be used for introduction of biomass to the deoxygenation/hydrogenation process.  The design of the bench scale process and results of the preparation evaluation will be presented.