NABC drop-in project focuses on filtration

By Luke Geiver | March 16, 2010
Posted March 24, 2010

The National Advanced Biofuels Consortium (NABC) has added Pall Corp., a filtration, separation and purification technology developer, to the list of participants working on a U.S. DOE funded biofuels project. The project's goal is to produce a fungible biomass-based hydrocarbon "drop-in" fuel available for existing infrastructure. The project will evaluate six processes: fermentation, catalytic conversion, catalytic fast pyrolysis, hydropyrolysis, hydrothermal liquefaction and a syngas-to-distillates process.

"In February 2009 Pall was selected as a partner for a U.S. DOE pyrolysis oil stabilization project that dealt with biomass pyrolysis," Greg Heilbrunn, senior vice president of global marketing for Pall Energy said. Now, Pall will provide a total fluid management evaluation of each of the six processes being researched in the project. "The six processes have significant issues with filtration and separation," according to Heilbrunn. "Our experience in advanced hot gas and liquid hydro separations for both conventional and alternative energy applications…will enable us to help ensure a marketable outcome of the consortium's work."

Also partners in the $46 million project are the co-leaders, the National Renewable Energy Laboratories and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Upon completion, the initiative will create a pilot-ready process and a life cycle analysis for the fuel.