Green Car Congress  
Home Topics Archives About Contact  RSS Headlines

« MIT study finds including non-CO2 emissions from synthetic aviation fuel in lifecycle analysis of climate impact can lead to decrease in relative environmental merit; need for a holistic analysis framework | Main | US DOT awards nearly $1B for California high-speed rail construction »

Print this post

Sundrop Fuels selects Louisiana site for planned first biogasoline facility

23 November 2011

Sundrop Fuels, Inc., a gasification-based drop-in advanced biofuels company (earlier post), has agreed to purchase about 1,200 acres of land near Alexandria, Louisiana, for the planned construction and operation of its first production facility. The inaugural Sundrop Fuels plant will use sustainable forest waste combined with hydrogen from natural gas to produce up to 50 million gallons annually of biogasoline.

The Sundrop Fuels advanced biofuels plant will cost approximately $450 to $500 million to build and will be financed in part through the sale of tax-exempt Private Activity Bonds, which do not entail any financial obligation from state or local authorities. Louisiana also provided Sundrop Fuels with performance-based incentives for the facility, which is expected to employ about 150 people and have a significant economic impact in the area.

Sundrop Fuels drop-in advanced biofuel is designed to cost as much or less than petroleum-based transportation fuels. The company uses a gasification process to convert cellulosic feedstock into synthesis gas, which will then be converted into biogasoline for use in today’s combustion engines via the existing fuels distribution infrastructure.

The facility will also provide an operational platform for Sundrop Fuels to begin field integration of its proprietary RP Reactor radiant particle heat transfer gasification technology. The super-efficient, ultrahigh-temperature process will drive Sundrop Fuels’ future large-scale biofuels plants, which will produce more than 200 million gallons of renewable, drop-in biofuels annually.

Plans are for Sundrop Fuels to achieve a combined production capacity of more than one billion gallons by 2020—a significant percentage of the cellulosic advanced biofuels goal set by the Renewable Fuels Standard.

Significant backing for Sundrop Fuels comes from Chesapeake Energy Corporation, the largest producer of natural gas in northern Louisiana’s Haynesville Shale Field and second-largest producer in the nation. Chesapeake invested $155 million in Sundrop Fuels last summer. The company’s investors also include Oak Investment Partners and Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers.

November 23, 2011 in Brief | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d8341c4fbe53ef0153936e05d2970b

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Sundrop Fuels selects Louisiana site for planned first biogasoline facility:

Comments

Hardly "renewable" if it uses Hydrogen from shale-gas. Still it converts an cheap resource, shale gas, to a scarce and more valuable one (gasoline).

It's fascinating to watch the many responses to sustained high oil prices.

Using 50% local renewable fuels and 50% natgas that is significantly cheaper than crude suggests there is money to be made. Also "the plant will cost approximately $450 to $500 million to build and will be financed in part through the sale of tax-exempt Private Activity Bonds, which do not entail any financial obligation from state or local authorities."

Wow! Imagine that! The evil rotten private sector at work, creating many good paying jobs, driven by FINANCIAL INCENTIVES without putting taxpayers on the hook for the loans! The Democratic Party & Occupy Wall Street won't like this at all!

"Louisiana also provided Sundrop Fuels with performance-based incentives for the facility"

Every bit helps. I have said for years we should gasify biomass and make fuels. There have been those that said it could not make ALL our fuels, so forget it.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment

Green Car Congress © 2017 BioAge Group, LLC. All Rights Reserved. | Home | BioAge Group