CCS and Power Systems

Advanced Energy Systems - Coal and Coal/Biomass to Liquids


Small Scale Pilot Plant for the Gasification of Coal and Coal/Biomass Blends and Conversion of Derived Syngas to Liquid Fuels Via Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis


Performer: University of Kentucky

Project No: FE0010482


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".


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