Project No: FE0010482
Performer: University of Kentucky
Jenny Tennant Technology Manager Coal and Coal/Biomass to Liquids National Energy Technology Laboratory 3610 Collins Ferry Road P.O. Box 880, MS B17 Morgantown, WV 26507-0880 (304) 285-4830 firstname.lastname@example.org Arun Bose Federal Project Manager National Energy Technology Laboratory 626 Cochrans Mill Road P.O. Box 10940 Pittsburgh, PA 15236-0940 (412) 386-4467 email@example.com Rodney Andrews Principal Investigator University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research 2624 Research Park Dr. Lexington, KY 40511-8479 Phone: (859) 257-0265 firstname.lastname@example.org
DOE Share: $1,368,763.00
Performer Share: $469,496.00
Total Award Value: $1,838,259.00
Performer website: University of Kentucky - http://www.caer.uky.edu/
The overarching goal of this project is to advance the design, construction and operations of a coal/biomass-to-liquids (CBTL) facility at the University of Kentucky (UK) Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) at 1 barrel per day (bbl/day) liquid fuels capacity.
Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis Rig
Program Background and Project Benefits
The Department of Energy (DOE) is committed to supporting research focused on making use of the nation's coal and biomass resources. The Coal and Coal Biomass to Liquids (C&CBTL) Technology Program at DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is developing advanced technologies to remove technical barriers that will foster the commercial adoption of coal and coal/biomass gasification technologies for the production of affordable hydrogen and liquid fuels (such as gasoline, diesel, aviation, and military fuels). The hydrogen can be used in advanced systems for efficient power generation produced with near-zero emissions and with the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The synthesis gas (syngas) produced by the gasification of coal and coal/biomass mixtures can be converted by chemical processes to generate clean liquid hydrocarbon fuels. To successfully complete the development of C&CBTL technologies from the present state to the point of commercial readiness, the C&CBTL Program efforts are focused on two Key Technologies: (1) Coal/Biomass Feed and Gasification, and (2) Advanced Fuels Synthesis. The Coal/Biomass Feed and Gasification Key Technology is advancing scientific knowledge of the production of liquid hydrocarbon fuels from coal and/or coal-biomass mixtures. Activities support research for handling and processing of coal/biomass mixtures, ensuring those mixtures are compatible with feed delivery systems, identifying potential impacts on downstream components, catalyst and reactor optimization, and characterizing the range of products and product quality. The University of Kentucky will advance the design, construction, and operations of a coal/biomass-to-liquids facility at its Center for Applied Energy Research. The facility will have a one barrel per day liquids fuel capacity. This project will develop meaningful research and engineering about the technology and processes, scalability, cost and economics, and the product slate, characteristics, and quality. Coal-to-liquid technology is helping the United States in its quest for energy security and independence and will enable American companies to produce valuable products from domestic coal. This project is closely aligned with project number DE-FC26-08NT0005988 under which The Coal Fuels Alliance, led by the University of Kentucky will advance the design and construction of a Coal/Biomass-to-Liquids Process Development Unit (PDU) facility at its Center for Applied Energy Research.
Project Scope and Technology Readiness Level
The scope of this project entails satisfying the remaining capital requirements of UK’s existing CBTL facility with the addition of downstream refinery process units for water-gas-shift, FT synthesis, and hydrocracking; the installation, commissioning, and shakedown of these units; the acquisition, preparation, and handling of suitable coal and biomass feed stocks; the commencement of initial integrated runs of the whole refinery (from feed to gasification to product separations and upgrading) to insure operability, reliability, and safety and that the refinery can be operated at steady state; continuous production runs of the mini-refinery to produce quantities of liquid hydrocarbons; and the commencement of meaningful research and engineering about the technology and processes, scalability, cost, and economics, and the product slate, characteristics, and quality.
The Technology Readiness Level (TRL) assessment identifies the current state of readiness of the key technologies being developed under the DOE's Clean Coal Research Program. This project has not been assessed.
The TRL assessment process and its results including definition and description of the levels may be found in the "2012 Technology Readiness Assessment-Analysis of Active Research Portfolio".