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Cool Planet projects production of carbon-negative high-octane biogasoline for $1.50 per gallon

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Cool Planet’s process relies on three core elements: novel biomass fractionation, advanced catalysis, and a char-to-soil enhancer. Source: Cool Planet. Click to enlarge.

Cool Planet Energy Systems projects that using its patented mechanical process and novel scaling approach (earlier post), it will be able to produce high-octane carbon-negative (with the use of its bio-char byproduct) renewable gasoline at a cost of $1.50 per gallon, without the need for government subsidies.

Cool Planet uses a proprietary thermal/mechanical processor which directly inputs raw biomass such as woodchips, crop residue, algae, etc. and produces multiple distinct gas streams for catalytic upgrading to conventional fuel components. The company is also developing a range of simple one-step catalytic conversion processes which mate with the fractionator’s output gas streams to produce useful products such as eBTX (high octane gasoline), synthetic jet fuel and maximized fuel production from ultra-high yield energy crops.

The fast thermal processing of the biomass typically produces a large quantity of activated carbon, or bio-char; when the excess process carbon is used for fuel such as a coal substitute, the entire process is carbon neutral and, thus, produces both carbon neutral petrochemical compatible components and a carbon neutral coal substitute. If the bio-char is sequestered long-term as soil conditioner, the process results in up to a 150% carbon footprint reduction (according to a GREET-based calculation by the company).

In February, the company claimed it achieved a conversion yield of 4,000 gallons gasoline/acre biomass in pilot testing using giant miscanthus, an advanced bioenergy crop. (earlier post)

Cool Planet’s biofuel has already been successfully tested internally at its headquarters in Camarillo, CA and through a field trial by Google Inc. at their Mountain View, CA headquarters, with an OnDemand campus vehicle, known as GRide, which has operated seamlessly using this fuel for more than 2,400 miles.

By running on a 5% Cool Planet carbon negative fuel blended with 95% regular gasoline, the test car blend met California’s 2020 Low Carbon Fuel Standard—eight years ahead of schedule. The control car used 100% regular gasoline. The test car successfully passed 5 smog checks with no significant difference between cars. The total mileage of the test car was virtually the same as the control car, driving a total of 2,490 stop & go miles in the test car compared with 2,514 miles in the control car. Additionally, both the test car and the control car were virtually identical in emissions testing. Other field tests planned include a partnership with Ventura County, and another current investor fleet test to be run in California.

Unlike many other biofuel companies, Cool Planet’s carbon negative gasoline is price competitive because of the ingenuity behind our innovation. By mass producing mobile, pre-fabricated micro-refineries that are easily transportable to the biomass source, we significantly reduce costs of feedstock transportation, which maximizes our overall capital efficiency. Each micro-refinery is one hundred times smaller than a typical oil refinery and can produce 10 million gallons of fuel per year; this puts us in the running to compete with oil at $50 a barrel without any government mandates or subsidies.

—Howard Janzen, President and CEO at Cool Planet Energy Systems

Investors include General Electric, Google Ventures, BP, ConocoPhillips, NRG and the Constellation Energy division of Exelon.

Comments

Engineer-Poet

I'd like to see a product cost which includes the cost of supplying, and especially shipping, the feedstock.  There are also indirect effects.  Converting cornfields to Miscanthus giganteus isn't going to be any better for food prices than ethanol, and any increase in rents for farmland is going to boost the price of everything that comes from it.

Davemart

I can't see how this would do any better than algae:
'Scaling up the production of algal biofuels to meet at least 5%—approximately 39 billion liters—of US transportation fuel needs would place unsustainable demands on energy, water, and nutrients, according to a new report from the National Research Council.'

http://www.greencarcongress.com/2012/10/nrc-algae-20121024.html

ToppaTom

I like how they boldly go beyond simple exaggeration in their claims.

Timidity, in the pursuit of the elimination of oil importation, must be avoided.

No reason the PR should not be conducted similarly.

Gorr

Im interrested to buy at 1.50$/gallon if it's not made with foods.

HarveyD

With negative carbon fuel, clean coal and clean tar sands, everybody will be a millionaire and will not have to pay taxes?

Unfortunately, the majority will believe it.

SJC

great :)

kelly

Telling the public of Cool Planet $1.50 gas, like Fox news, is entertaining.

Selling $1.50/gallon gas at my corner gas station is convincing.

DaveD

Sigh. Yet another magic bullet that is going to replace gasoline for half the price. Don't these people even feel embarrassed when they make these claims?

Either they ignore major costs (cost of inputs, etc), or they flat out lie and either way it gets really old and stops investment in major items.

I had a guy try to get me to invest in a solid oxide fuel cell last week that he claimed was 60% efficient and only cost $400 to produce a 5kW unit. They claimed that it has been verified by independent universities over three years ago, but they weren't selling it yet because nobody would meet their price. LOL

I told him that if those claims are true then they are sitting on a couple trillion $ and they didn't have to get any money up front...just license it and collect royalties. What's that? Oh, you just need another $3 million to finish it up. LOL Sure, let me just cut you a check.

And all these fools wonder why nobody will take them seriously. But what always STUNS me is when I run across one of these and they've already managed to scam people out of millions of dollars on some half-wit idea that has no foundation in science.

So these guys can produce "carbon negative" gas for $1.50 a gallon? Well then, why didn't you say so! Here's a couple of trillion dollars because you just solved the worlds energy problems!!!

Thomas Lankester

Well the 'scam' in this case has taken money off BP and ConocoPhilips (as well as GE and Google) so at least some some of the 'bad guys' are being fleeced for a change.

DaveD

Well, who knows...maybe one of these will turn out to be real. I'd be HAPPY to be wrong and see someone actually solve a huge problem like this.

I just don't believe it.

kelly

Is "..in this case has taken money off BP and ConocoPhilips ..(big oil)" good or bad?

Chevron and NiMH batteries again? Who's filled up with the 2010 Exxon/SGI $600 million being spent on algae biofuel? Anyone, maybe a dollar's worth?

Engineer-Poet

This isn't Chevron and NiMH again; this is Range Fuels again.

kelly

Oops, 'Who's filled up with the *2009* Exxon/SGI $600 million being spent on algae biofuel?'

kelly

Mostly off topic, but this went beyond biofuels..

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/11/hacking-the-presidents-dna/309147/?single_page=true

ToppaTom

Why, when you laugh at "'carbon negative' gas for $1.50 a gallon" would you believe that they have taken money off BP, Conoco-Philips, GE and Google?

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