a fuel derived directly from living matter.
By utilizing the CTS process to convert virtually any lignocellulose biomass into its base components of sugar and lignin you have a renewable, inexpensive feedstock that can be used to make a variety of drop-in transportation fuels including ethanol, diesel and aviation jet. Because the CTS process does not rely on any one type of feedstock or need expensive and complicated enzymes or liquid acids to operate it can be used around the world and in the harshest environments.
Unlike other renewable energy sources, biomass can be converted directly into liquid fuels, called “biofuels,” to help meet transportation fuel needs. The two most common types of biofuels in use today are ethanol and biodiesel. Ethanol is an alcohol, the same as in beer and wine (although ethanol used as a fuel is modified to make it undrinkable). It is most commonly made by fermenting any biomass high in carbohydrates through a process similar to beer brewing. Today, ethanol is made from starches and sugars, …… scientists are developing technology to allow it to be made from cellulose and hemicellulose, the fibrous material that makes up the bulk of most plant matter.
Working With Us – Biofuel Basics, NREL Website
The CTS process is modular and therefore can be portable and mounted aboard ships in a military application. It is also expandable and can be built in a large factory setting and set aside a busy commercial airline hub to service thousands of commuter aircraft a day. The possibilities are endless when the CTS process is combined with exisiting biofuel technologies for creating Cellulosic Ethanols, Biodiesels and Aviation Biofuels.