Premium Renewable Energy was founded in 2007 to develop clean, green energy solutions for the world. Premium uses RTP (Rapid Thermal Processing) technology to convert biomass waste into a sustainable, clean-burning, liquid fossil fuel replacement called “RTP Green Fuel”.
RTP stands for Rapid Thermal Processing–a commercially established technology that converts biomass into a high value liquid fuel called RTP Green Fuel. Pre-treated biomass is heated rapidly by contact with hot sand, then vaporized and rapidly cooled to produce RTP Green Fuel. The self-sustaining process occurs in seconds and produces a high yield of liquid product.
Also known as Bio-oil or Pyrolysis oil, RTP Green Fuel is a fuel consisting of 'depolymerized' components of biomass. It is essentially carbon, hydrogen and oxygen, with low levels of nitrogen and negligible levels of sulphur.
Its current major application is for power and process heat generation, which has a broad market within heavy industry to displace fossil fuels. By 2017, RTP Green Fuel can be upgraded to drop-in status like gasoline, diesel and jet fuel.
RTP Green Fuel is a sustainable source of energy because it is processed from agricultural and industry residue. It provides an environmental advantage over traditional fossil fuels like coal and fuel oils: it has lower ash and sulphur content, and results in low carbon, sulphur oxide, and nitrogen oxide emission.
Yes, RTP Green Fuel only requires minimal changes to equipment for combustion. The fuel is acidic in nature, thus preferably stainless steel is used for fuel inlet pipelines and injectors. Maintenance and operation costs are lower than for a normal burner.
RTP Green Fuel has been combusted in mixture with a variety of fuel sources. In a recent test, a stable combustion is achieved with Medium Fuel Oil (MFO) at a ratio of 70:30 in a rotary cup burner mixed right before combustion.
Co-firing with coal, diesel, and wood chips has also been successfully demonstrated previously. The most recent example at the commercial scale is the co-combustion of RTP Green Fuel with coal at the Manitowoc Public Utilities power generation station in Wisconsin, USA.
Premium has formed a joint venture with Felda Palm Industries (processing arm of Malaysia’s largest oil palm planter, FELDA) for biomass supply, and including other potential partnerships with major feedstock suppliers in the region.
The raw material for conversion must meet certain specifications of moisture level, size and chemical composition. Premium Renewable Energy utilizes stringent procedure to ensure that the Empty Fruit Bunches (EFB) used for the RTP process produces consistently high yield.
No. Biodiesel is produced from crude palm oil or similar food-based oils. RTP Green Fuel is a second generation biofuel produced from non-food biomass waste, and thus does not compete with the food chain.
By 2017, Premium Renewable Energy expects to have completed construction of two commercial-scale plants with a production capacity of approximately 200,000 metric tonnes per year. Both plants will be located near port facilities within the Southeast Asia region.