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The Canadian Sustainable Chemistry Alliance (SCA) has approved an equity investment in CORE BioFuel, a Canadian biofuel company that is commercializing a biomass-to-gasoline production process (Earlier post.)

The terms of the investment are being defined. The funds to be invested by the SCA will be used in conjunction with funds raised through a CORE Limited Partnership offering to advance CORE’s business in several areas.

CORE BioFuel is commercializing the patent-pending MKS Gasoline Synthesis Process (Melnichuk-Kelly-Stanko)—a thermochemical process combining gasification and catalysts to produce an essentially carbon-neutral 92 octane gasoline (Zero Fossil Input (ZFI) Gasoline).



Sounds good, now just scale this up and get it online in the next 5 years and we can reduce oil imports significantly.


It doesn't say what the feedstock is. As long as the process can use waste biomass and not require virgin tree forests this would be a very promising technology.


Sorry, I gues I should have followed the link before commenting. They said they use slash timber and beetle killed wood, so ther are not using virgin tree forests.


Forestry wastes is available in many places in Canada. Mobile units could go closer to feed stocks to reduce transportation cost. The finished product (gasoline) could easily be trucked to the nearest towns for local sales.

This could be a sustainable operation without negative impacts on healthy forests and associated products. It could reduce disastrous costly forest fires and favor the re-growth of new trees.


"beetle-killed timber"

Lots of that out west. The government asked for bids to thin the forests years ago, no one bid. Now that they can make some money, maybe someone will.


There is precious little of that stuff compared to even US home-heating fuel demand (see Nate Hagens' analysis of home heating requirements vs. wood supply at The Oil Drum). This may be a good use for matter that would otherwise be wasted.


The trick is processing close to the trees. If the government pays $50 a ton to get the dead trees out and reduce forest fire danger, then you have one payment. If the processor pays $50 per ton for the dead wood to grind up and make 100 gallons of fuel, then you have another payment.

You need a portable wood to methanol/ethanol plant that can be located near the dead trees to minimize transportation costs. Much like a lumber mill near the forest, you haul the value added product to market, not the raw material. If they can work out these details, then there might be some possible business here.

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