The project team has performed pilot-scale demonstrations of three different energy pathways for conversion of woody biomass to electricity. After identifying the optimal pathway, extended testing was performed and the technical, economic, and environmental performance of a commercial-scale facility was evaluated via modeling and simulation. The project team submitted their final report and is currently being reviewed internally.
The project tests and evaluates three different energy pathways for conversion of woody biomass to electricity. The three pathways tested with the pilot-scale gasifier system are: 1) clean fuel gas production for baseload power generation, 2) syngas to Fischer-Tropsch liquid production for storage and flexible power generation, and 3) direct bio-crude production for storage and flexible power generation. Results from the three pathways will be compared and an optimal pathway will be identified for extended testing. After performing extended testing of the optimal pathway, the technical, environmental, and economic performance of a full-scale facility will be evaluated.
The technology provided a 20 percent improvement in cost-effectiveness compared to existing systems and would be capable of delivering power at $0.118/kWh for a full-scale system.
The technology significantly reduced criteria pollutant emissions compared to conventional biomass boiler generator systems.
Increased use of forest waste biomass can reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires, which can have major impacts on human health and safety.
Key Project Members
University of California, Riverside