Virent, Viridia cellulosic jet fuel passes rigorous tests

Virent, Viridia cellulosic jet fuel passes rigorous tests

10:18 PM, 26th March 2012
Virent, Viridia cellulosic jet fuel passes rigorous tests
Dr Randy Cortright, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Virent.

MADISON/DANVILLE, US: Virent and Virdia (formerly HCL CleanTech) have successfully converted cellulosic pine tree sugars to drop-in hydrocarbon fuels within the BIRD Energy project. The project is jointly funded by the US Department of Energy, the Israeli Ministry of National Infrastructure and the BIRD Foundation. Commenced in January 2011, the project has successfully demonstrated that Virdia’s deconstruction process generated high-quality sugars from cellulosic biomass, which were converted to fuel via Virent’s BioForming process.

Virent used Virdia’s biomass-derived sugars to produce gasoline and jet fuel, the latter being sent to the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) for analysis where it passed rigorous testing. “This fuel passed the most stringent specification tests we could throw at it (such as thermal stability) under some conditions where conventional jet fuels would fail. This fuel is definitely worth further evaluation,” said Tim Edwards, Fuels Branch, AFRL.

“The high-quality sugars generated from pine trees using Virdia’s process leveraged Virent’s conversion process, establishing a viable route to drop-in hydrocarbons from biomass,” said Dr Randy Cortright, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Virent.

“As demonstrated by the BIRD Energy project results, Virdia’s cold acid solvent extraction (CASE) process can deliver the high-purity, cost-effective cellulosic sugars needed as the primary raw material for jet fuels and other applications,” said Philippe Lavielle, CEO, Virdia.

Virdia’s CASE process encompasses a sequence of proprietary extraction and separation operations. Also Virent’s BioForming platform catalysts and reactor systems are similar to those found in today’s petroleum oil refineries and petrochemical complexes.

© WOC News



Your Comments (Up to 2000 characters)
Please respect our community and the integrity of its participants. WOC reserves the right to moderate and approve your comment.

Related News

Evonik, LIKAT extent partnership for catalysis research

ESSEN, GERMANY: Evonik and Leibniz Institute for Catalysis (LIKAT) are planning to expand their cooperation in the area of catalysis research for the ...

Read more
Dow gets FTC approval to sell production facility in Torrance

WASHINGTON DC, US: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved an application by Dow Chemicals to sell a chemical production facility and associat ...

Read more
BASF Grameen manufactures long lasting insecticide impregnated nets

DHAKA, BANGLADESH: BASF Grameen Limited, a joint venture between BASF and Grameen Healthcare Trust of Bangladesh will manufacture long lasting insecti ...

Read more
Avantium, Danone R&D agreement to develop bio-PEF water bottles

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS: Avantium has formed the second major partnership for its YXY technology to produce PEF bottles. The joint development agre ...

Read more
Morgan Stanley PE buys stake in Tianhe Chemicals for $300 million

NEW YORK, US: Morgan Stanley’s has invested $300 million to acquire a stake in Tianhe Chemicals Group, a China based specialty chemical company. ...

Read more
Dow plans new coatings facility in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA: The Dow Chemical Company plans to invest in a new manufacturing facility for its Dow Coating Materials business unit in the King ...

Read more uses cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. By using this site, you agree to our Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use. X