To support research and development (R&D) planning efforts within the Thermochemical Conversion Program, the Bioenergy Technologies Office hosted the Biomass Indirect Liquefaction (IDL) Workshop. This workshop discussed and detailed the R&D needs for biomass IDL. Discussions focused on pathways that convert biomass-based syngas (or any carbon monoxide, hydrogen gaseous stream) to liquid intermediates (alcohols or acids) and further synthesize those intermediates to liquid hydrocarbons that are compatible as either a refinery feed or neat fuel. Additionally, this event examined efforts and needs in converting syngas directly to hydrocarbon liquids.
- To discuss, learn, and document the technical and economic barriers to cost-competitive IDL.
- To clearly define the R&D needed to mitigate those barriers.
- To develop a description of the needed R&D.
- To identify a timeline of completing the research, development, and deployment (RD&D).
IDL industry experts presented on their successes in overcoming challenges; these presentations include the following:
- Dennis Schuetzle, President at Renewable Energy Institute International
- Joshua Pearson, Owner at JBP LLC
- Dan Burciaga, President and Chief Executive Officer at ThermoChem Recovery International
- Niels Udengaard, Syngas Technology Manager at Haldor Topsoe Inc.
The following report summarizes highlighted outcomes from workshop participants.