Co-processing Bio-oil in Conventional Petroleum Refineries

Presented By

Bob Baldwin - NREL

Conference: RefComm 2021

A potentially very attractive option for introducing renewable content into the fuels marketplace would be to use bio-oil derived by pyrolysis of biomass as a feedstock and/or blendstock in a standard petroleum refinery, either replacing or supplementing fossil-derived materials with biomass-derived materials. This would, in principle, facilitate introduction of renewable carbon into the fuels infrastructure and would economically advantage the biofuels industry by use of the multi-trillion dollar refining and distribution infrastructure already in place.

This presentation will explore options for introducing biomass into an existing petroleum refinery. Advantages and disadvantages will be explored including possible areas of impact to existing unit operations.

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