January 6 (SeeNews) - A partnership involving Avapco LLC and Byogy Renewables Inc has been awarded USD 3.7 million (EUR 3.5m) by the US Department of Energy (DoE) to start the development of an integrated commercial demonstration-scale biorefinery that will produce jet fuel from woody biomass, among other products.
The project brings together Byogy's advanced alcohol-to-jet (ATJ) fuel process and Avapco's process that produces cellulosic sugars from woody biomass and other waste products. The sugars will be used to produce biochemicals, biomaterials and ethanol that will be integrated with the Byogy process for the production of biofuels, including renewable jet fuel, Byogy explained in a media release today.
The project team also includes Genomatica. Its technology will produce bio-butanediol, which can be used in products such as athletic apparel, running shoes, electronics and automotive applications.
Kevin Weiss, chief executive of San Jose, California-headquartered Byogy, said the "ATJ process provides new market opportunities to the already mature ethanol and sugar industries by enabling the conversion of sugar-based feed stocks into premium ‘drop-in’ liquid biofuels that require no infrastructure modifications."
The project is one of six pilot and demonstration-scale bioenergy projects that secured a total of USD 12.9 million in DoE funds in late December.
(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.949)