BioOil from bagasse soon a commercial reality

Clean burning liquid fuels made from sugar cane bagasse and other agricultural and forest waste will be produced commercially within two to three years.
Canadian company DynaMotive Energy Systems Corporation has announced that initial production runs in its new 10t/day BioOil pilot plant have been completed successfully. Fuel quality BioOil {mosimage}Clean burning liquid fuels made from sugar cane bagasse and other agricultural and forest waste will be produced commercially within two to three years.
Canadian company DynaMotive Energy Systems Corporation has announced that initial production runs in its new 10t/day BioOil pilot plant have been completed successfully. Fuel quality BioOil was produced from wood waste.
DynaMotive has patented technology that converts organic biomass such as sawdust, bark, wheatstraw and bagasse (the pulp remaining after the extraction of juice from sugar cane) into liquid fuel called BioOil.BioOil can be used directly from the plant without refining as a clean-burning fuel for power generation in stationary diesel engines or gas turbines. In the future, with refining, it will be usable for mobile transportation.
Commenting at the opening of the pilot plant, DynaMotive director of engineering Warren Johnson said: “Our first production of BioOil confirms that the basic process design is sound and allows us to proceed with commissioning as scheduled.”
The company intends to become the world leader in the development of technology to produce competitively priced liquid fuel from organic waste that would otherwise be burned or landfilled.
Unlike fossil fuels, BioOil is renewable, clean burning, low in emissions and greenhouse gas neutral. As a clean fuel for power generation in gas turbines, diesel engines and boilers, BioOil presents significant market opportunities that DynaMotive intend to exploit commercially.
The company and its partners are also engaged in research and development on a range of derivative products including slow release fertilisers, blended fuels and chemicals.
A full-scale commercial plant processing 100t/day of bagasse would have the capacity to produce 4.8m gallons (18.3m litres) of BioOil per year, displacing 2.7m gallons (10.3m litres) of diesel. Plants of this scale are planned for later in 2001 and 2002, according to a DynaMotive spokesman.
The conversion yield from feedstock to BioOil is high. For every 1,000t of bagasse, for instance, 600t to 650t of BioOil are produced. The company’s objective is to produce BioOil to be price competitive with diesel fuel.
The bagasse programme will initially be focused on Brazil, where the first commercial plants will be constructed. However, opportunities for producing BioOil from bagasse are perceived in China, India, the Caribbean, Australia and South Africa.
In sugar-producing countries the appeal of BioOil is that it will be adding value to waste material that is currently burned. At the same time it will provide fuel for domestic use or export.
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