Heat-integrated novel process of liquid fuel production from bioresources - process simulation and costing study

Iris Vural Gürsel, Qi Wang, Timothy Noël, Gunther Kolb, Volker Hessel*, Andre C. Van Veen

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Innovative ways of providing novel sustainable solutions to reduce the emissions and consumption of exhaustible resources is called for. Production of liquid fuels from bioresources satisfies this call and it is aimed to be achieved with BIOGO project. Proposed process involves coupled reforming of biogas and bio oil followed by methanol production which is then converted to gasoline. This novel route through methanol eliminates challenging separation steps of Fischer-Tropsh process. Decentralized production in modularized small scale plants with process intensified equipment is considered. Process simulation reveals that carbon efficiency of 56 % and energy efficiency of 42 % can be achieved. Cost calculations show that with the total cost of production of gasoline at € 0.5/L; it is economically competitive with petroleum-based production and more economical than Fischer-Tropsh process. Comparison of 35 decentralized small modular plants with one centralized large scale plant reveals that the reduced construction time and operating cost of decentralized plants can outweigh the higher investment cost..

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)931-936
Number of pages6
JournalChemical Engineering Transactions
Issue numberSpecial Issue
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event17th Conference on Process Integration, Modelling and Optimisation for Energy Saving and Pollution Reduction, PRES 2014 - Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 23 Aug 201427 Aug 2014

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