“The Syn Tawa Biomass to Liquid Fuels Solution is the integration of the TRI Steam Reforming biomass gasification technology with the Emerging Fuels Fischer Tropsch liquid fuel production platform to produce drop in ready Renewable Diesel #2 from carbon based feedstock.”
TRI is partnered with Southern Research Institute in a number of technologies and Southern Research also provides contract operations and analytics for TRI’s pilot plant at Southern Research’s Carbon to Liquids (C2L) Research Facility in Durham, NC.
TRI Steam Reforming Gasification Process
Industry analysts believe the thermochemical process is the only currently available integrated biorefinery technology that can process multiple feedstocks, be built on varying scales, achieve high-conversion efficiencies and be rapidly replicated.
Gasification is a thermochemical process that converts any carbon-containing material into a synthesis gas (“syngas”) that can be used as a feedstock:
- to make value-added biofuels and biochemical,
- as a fuel for combined cycle power generation, or
- as a replacement for fossil fuels including coal, fuel oil and natural gas.
The biomass feedstock reacts in the TRI steam reforming with steam and heat in a reducing (oxygen-starved) atmosphere to produce syngas made up primarily of hydrogen, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and smaller quantities of methane and other hydrocarbons.
TRI’s indirectly heated steam reforming process utilizes modular pulse combustion heaters (see PC Heater animation) in a steam-driven bubbling fluidized bed vessel (see TRI Steam Reformer animation). Heat required to achieve reformer operating temperature and for the endothermic steam-reforming reactions is supplied by pulse heaters which are immersed in the fluidized bed.