IBBC 2018: Integrating Alternative Jet Fuel Production into Kraft Pulp Mill Infrastructures

IBBC 2018: Integrating Alternative Jet Fuel Production into Kraft Pulp Mill Infrastructures

The International Bioenergy & Bioproducts Conference (IBBC) focuses on new technologies using renewable materials from biomass to produce chemicals and fuels to support the bioeconomy. In this year’s Biomass Conversion Pathway session, you’ll dig deep into an investigative study that compared strategies for the integration of Alcohol-to-Jet (ATJ) conversion with kraft pulp mill infrastructures. 

Alcohol-to-Jet is a pathway for production of aviation fuel through the catalytic conversion of alcohol to synthetic paraffinic kerosene, which is a sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF). ATJ Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene (ATJ-SPK) is now qualified for commercial use in the United States, and the aviation industry has demonstrated considerable interest in greater adoption.

In the study, process integration engineering was used to identify key barriers, opportunities, and research areas. Integration cases included the use of pretreatment and hydrolysis of cellulose in pulp intermediates as well as hemicellulose utilization through pre-extraction or black liquor fractionation. The effects of these changes on the mass and energy balances of the plant were considered, along with capital cost estimations of new process units. 

In the session discussion, techno-economic-analysis models will be used to predict project costs and discuss opportunities for reducing the cost of producing liquid fuels, including SAJF, in a completely or partially retrofitted pulp mill using the ATJ pathway.

Find out more by visiting tappi-ibbc.org. Review the technical program offerings and see first-hand the added benefit of IBBC’s co-location with the Pulping, Engineering, Environmental, Recycling and Sustainability (PEERS) Conference. Two conferences for the price of one  -- offering comprehensive, peer-reviewed techncial information found nowhere else. Register today! Early bird discount ends October 3, 2018. That means there’s still time to take advantage of the Mill-Only Discount Program which provides significant savings for up to five employees from mill and/or corporate locations. 

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