Shell Using Technology Licensed From Virent
Royal Dutch Shell announced it has built a next generation biofuels pilot plant at Shell’s Westhollow Technology Center in Houston to produce drop-in biofuels. It uses a thermo-catalytic process technology licensed from its commercial partner Virent.
FOR IMMEDIATE USE: FEBRUARY 24, 2012
SHELL PROGRESSING NEXT GENERATION DROP-IN BIOFUELS PILOT PLANT
Houston – Royal Dutch Shell plc today announced that it has built a next generation biofuels pilot plant at Shell’s Westhollow Technology Center in Houston, USA, to produce drop-in biofuels rather than ethanol. It uses a thermo-catalytic process technology licensed from its commercial partner Virent, which is similar to the process being used at the Virent pilot plant in Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
Drop-in biofuels produced by this process have the same properties as conventional fuels. This eliminates the need for additional blending and storage infrastructure as well as engine modifications that are required for the use of ethanol in blends with conventional fuels. The Westhollow plant will explore the use of a range of feedstocks, starting with sugars and with the completion of an expansion currently under way, non-food cellulosic alternatives, leading to the production of a range of products, including gasoline, diesel and jet fuel.
“This allows us to explore further biofuels options as we continue to actively manage our advanced biofuels pathways to identify a feasible set of commercial solutions” said Luis Scoffone, Vice President, Alternative Energies at Shell.
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