Australian based company Licella is now able to convert biomass (renewable woody waste materials) into bio-crude oil which can then be refined into various types of fuels. Aviation fuels included.
Other businesses are about to do the same because after 6 years of research and development, Licella’s smart technology is to be licensed.
By using these types of fuels rather than traditional fossil fuels, there is the potential to tackle fuel efficiency and reduce emissions by up to 80%.
How Is It Made?
The biofuels are created through a process similar to a pressure cooker. The biomass is added to water which is heated within a pressurised environment. Firstly it is heated, turned into a slurry, reheated, reacted and then cooled to create the bio-crude oil, which can then be further refined into a range of biofuels.
What Materials Are Used?
Using materials that are currently available on a commercial scale, such as eucalypt, Pinus radiata, bagasse, wheat straw, grasses and algae, Licella can ensure that this program can get off the ground immediately as there is no need to source and research any potential biomasses.
Interest From Major Transport Companies
With companies such as Virgin Airlines and Air New Zealand being interested in this new technology, Licella will use a $5.4 million government grant to create a de-risked feasibility study of establishing a commercial plant to enter the biofuel manufacturing industry.
For detailed information about how the bio-crude oil is made and refined (including videos), please click here: biomassproducer.com.au (will open in new window)
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