September 30, 2010 at 11:01 am #2514
Foster Wheeler Reports Encouraging Results from PetroAlgaeTesting
Sept 29, 2010 FW News Release
Foster Wheeler AG announced Tuesday that its Global Engineering and Construction Group, working with PetroAlgae Inc., has completed its initial testing of PetroAlgae’s biomass, with encouraging results. The biomass, produced at PetroAlgae’s micro-crop farm in the U.S., is being tested as a delayed coker feedstock supplement to provide renewable biofuels to the market. This biomass is renewable, carbon neutral, sustainable and lends itself readily to commercial-scale production.
Testing was conducted at a state-of-the-art commercial coker testing facility operated by the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences at the University of Tulsa (Oklahoma).
The combination of PetroAlgae’s proprietary patent-pending biomass production system, and Foster Wheeler’s SYDEC delayed coking technology, is being designed with the intent to allow the delayed coker to incorporate biomass into the coker feedstock, with minimal configuration changes to an existing unit.
Testing was conducted to demonstrate that the biomass is an effective add-in complement to vacuum residue coker feedstock, and does not significantly affect overall coker operations. The initial test results demonstrate that biomass, mixed with vacuum residue, yields additional valuable hydrocarbons as a result of biomass carbohydrate and lipid decomposition. Further testing and engineering development is underway to optimize process parameters and feedstock blend ratios.
“We are very pleased with the results from our initial testing of PetroAlgae’s biomass that generates green fuels from a blend of biomass and petroleum vacuum residue,” said Umberto della Sala, president and chief operating officer of Foster Wheeler AG. “These results could lead to a change in the way refineries look at biofuels in the future, as we believe this presents a commercially scalable source of biomass which produces a true ‘drop in’ feedstock which is compatible with the entire existing transportation fuel infrastructure.”
Foster Wheeler AG is a global engineering and construction contractor and power equipment supplier delivering technically advanced, reliable facilities and equipment. The company employs approximately 13,000 professionals with specialized expertise dedicated to serving its clients through one of its two primary business groups. The company’s Global Engineering and Construction Group designs and constructs leading-edge processing facilities for the upstream oil and gas, LNG and gas-to-liquids, refining, chemicals and petrochemicals, power, environmental, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and healthcare industries. The company’s Global Power Group is a world leader in combustion and steam generation technology that designs, manufactures and erects steam generating and auxiliary equipment for power stations and industrial facilities and also provides a wide range of aftermarket services. The company is based in Zug, Switzerland, and its operational headquarters office is in Geneva, Switzerland.
September 30, 2010 at 11:12 am #5483
Here is a recent news item Foster Wheeler putting PetroAlgae biomass into TU’s pilot coker for testing. Doesnt appear it is going to need subsidy similar previous efforts did ….. and that would be a good thing.
Along similar line I think COP put the Tyson JV plant liquified biowaste into coker on trial basis (ie similar to the ConAgra-Butterball Turkey guts to Gasoline process)? Course the modular system made product cuts and didnt have lot of bottoms type product that needed go coker.
I believe COP-Tyson beef-waste plant idled in May 2009 after govt subsidy was cut in half, not sure about the soybean biowaste plant they had in Ireland.
Lesson is that if anything “Bio” needs government subsidy to get established before the scale, technology, or economics get worked out …… investors are just going to get suckered & left high & dry. Take look at current Ethanol folks who also had subsidy halved (and several companies went under or picked up in bankruptcy by Valero).
I understand US Corn crop was disaster this year due drought/heat and because Govt didnt pay farmers to plant corn the yield was substantially down – will make the ramp up from 7% to 15% Ethanol impossible. I also understand the Car Mfg (those left) are putting up lot grief because of the damage being done by ETOH to carburetors & ignition causing lot grief with computer control systems in new cars.
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