RTP™ Green Fuel promises to be a sustainable and environmentally friendly alternative to society’s dependence on fossil fuels
RTP™ Green Fuel is the product of Rapid Thermal Process™: a conversion of renewable biomass into liquid fuel by application of instantaneous heat (pyrolysis). RTP™ Green Fuel is a pourable, storable, and transportable dark brown liquid fuel that has huge potential as a source for power generation, heat generation, and as transportation fuels. Our product successfully mitigates the two major drawbacks of fossil fuels: RTP™ Green Fuel emits drastically reduced amounts of greenhouse gases over its life cycle, and can be supplied to consumers at prices that are stable and secure in the long term.
Its most basic application today is as an energy source to generate heat or electricity by firing in industrial boilers, combustion in diesel engines and co-firing in power plants. Our product can economically replace Heavy Fuel Oil, Medium Fuel Oil, Natural gas, and/or coal, in either co-fired or sole fuel configuration.
By 2014, RTP™ Green Fuel will also be upgradeable to drop-in fuel status to directly displace gasoline, diesel, or even aviation fuel. The technology for converting the basic product to transportation fuels is currently in commercial-scale development by Premium Renewable Energy technology partners and is rapidly approaching availability. When this upgrade technology comes online, RTP™ Green Fuel will be able to have significantly larger collective environmental and economic impact.
Agricultural waste has long been utilised as a source of valuable products. In the palm oil industry, for example, most mesocarp fibres and shells are used in low pressure, inefficient boilers at the oil palm mills themselves to produce steam and generate power. EFBs, on the other hand, are mainly incinerated to produce bunch ash to be distributed back to the field as fertiliser or mulched to directly produce organic fertiliser. However, these conventional methods are inefficient and in the case of EFB incineration, creates environmental problems - specifically, severe air pollution: it has even been prohibited by Malaysia’s Environment Protection Act.
RTP™ is a much more environmentally friendly proposition than current methods of biomass disposal. RTP™ is a self-sustaining process, converting biomass from its solid form into bio-oil ( a dark and viscous liquid that is effectively a substitute for traditional fossil fuels) with minimal carbon footprint and little greenhouse gas emissions.Feedstock is introduced into a vessel and rapidly heated to 500ºC by a tornado of hot sand and then rapidly cooled within seconds, generating a relatively high yield (i.e., approx 75 wt%) of bio-oil. The process also produces by-product char and non-condensable gas, both of which can be efficiently used to provide process energy, which can then be used in the reheater to maintain the RTP™ process and/or in the dryer to condition the biomass.
Bio-oil promises to be a sustainable and environmentally friendly solution to society’s dependence on fuels as it has huge potential as a source for power generation, heat generation, and transportation fuels. It can currently be used for generating electricity by co-firing with coal in power plants, for firing boilers, for combustion in diesel engines, and will be upgradable to drop-in transportation fuel by 2014.
RTP™ bio-oil can economically replace Heavy Fuel Oils in industrial boilers or furnaces, in either co-fired or sole fuel configuration. As a renewable energy product, it is economical without subsidy at today’s fossil fuel prices.
Furthermore, bio-oil can soon be further processed to become green gasoline, diesel and jet fuels. The technology for converting bio-oil to transportation fuels is currently in commercial-scale development and will be available in 2013. In discussions with various major oil and gas companies, our partner Ensyn has determined that these companies would only choose a renewable solution that would allow them to preserve their two very significant strategic advantages: namely, their existing worldwide infrastructure and their huge operational scale. While other first-generation renewable fuel solutions would either not utilize the companies’ infrastructural investments or not allow them to operate at a profitably large scale, RTP™ derived bio-oil can do both.