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Synthetic Fuel

Alternative to fossile Fuels

One of the biggest environmental challenges with the currently predominant method (e.g. from coal) to produce energy is the emission of carbon dioxide (CO2), which causes concerns over global climate change. Some of the approaches that are being evaluated are to capture and sequester carbon dioxide in geological formation such as unmineable coal seams and deep saline reservoirs.

Approaches to recycle or reuse carbon dioxide as an alternative to storage are also considered. Ceramatec’s electrolysis technology can be used to convert a mixture of carbon dioxide and steam into synthesis gas that can be used as fuel or converted to synthetic methane, liquid hydrocarbon fuel or chemicals. The electrolysis device also enables storage of renewable energy (wind, solar, and nuclear) in chemical form.

Liquid fuels play a primary role in the transportation sector and in turn the availability, production and delivery of liquid fuels are linked closely to the economy to support it. However, until economically viable alternative to the liquid fuel emerges, our nation still needs a stable and economical supply of liquid fuel in order to utilize present infrastructure for petroleum distribution, storage and end-use and to moderate the effect of price fluctuation.

The few candidate resources to produce liquid fuels include biomass, oil sands, oil shale, and coal. Such fuels can also be used as a hydrogen carrier, the carbon backbone being the best option to carry hydrogen without a need for new fuel delivery infrastructure. Ceramatec is actively developing a modular Fischer Tropsch device to convert syngas into liquid hydrocarbon fuel.

In fuel synthesis processes, a source of clean syngas is required. In addition to the electrolysis process, Ceramatec offers a plasma reformer technology that can be used to produce clean syngas from stranded natural gas that is uneconomical to transport, sulfur laden liquid hydrocarbon fuels or biogas that are difficult to process in a conventional reformer.