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New process to convert lipids and cellulosic biomass to renewable diesel

University of Colorado

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Technology Marketing SummaryA research team at the University of Colorado Denver led by Arunprakash Karunanithi has developed a decarboxylation process that will provide pathways to convert two different renewable feedstocks (lipids and waste biomass) directly to renewable diesel without the use of hydrogen.DescriptionTo produce renewable fuels by using lipids derived from algae and other cellulosic biomass, the lipid must go through a deoxygenation process to produce necessary hydrocarbons. However, current processes require a significant amount of hydrogen gas, which is expensive and harmful to the environment. By using magnesium oxide as a catalyst, the research team aims to create a hydrogen-free decarboxylation process for the conversion of biomass into renewable diesel.
BenefitsA cleaner, more cost efficient method of producing renewable diesel. 

 

Technology Status
Technology IDDevelopment StageAvailabilityPublishedLast Updated
CU2928DProposedAvailable06/01/201206/01/2012

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