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Sorbent Assisted Catalyst for the One-Pot Sequestration and Conversion of Renewable Feedstocks into Fuels

Ames Laboratory

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Ames Laboratory researchers have developed a technology that provides a simplified and economical production of hydrocarbon fuel from renewable resources with higher energy potential compared to ethanol or biodiesel. The ability to achieve higher yields from lipid feedstock, and in particular algae oils, by not utilizing current methods of fatty acid conversion to methyl ester, makes this technology economically attractive.


Conversion of fatty acids to biodiesel has enabled energy properties comparable to conventional fuel sources derived from crude oil. However, the use of strong alkali catalysts and elimination of glycerol waste component from the lipid conversion reduces the yields obtained from the renewable stock. Separation of lipids from various sources like algae has also presented a significant obstacle to the commercial viability of biorenewable fuels. In order to obtain and maximize the conversion yield of complex, lipid feedstock mixtures to current comparable hydrocarbon fuel, Ames Laboratory researchers have developed a catalyst system which enables selective adsorption and catalytic conversion of the targeted lipids into hydrocarbons. The design enables the production of chemically equivalent gasoline or diesel fuels derived from petrochemical feedstock without generating glycerol byproduct.

  • Energy efficient
  • Complete conversion of lipids into hydrocarbon fuel
  • Economical process
  • Catalyst can be recycled
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