The Future of Transportation Fuels
The AHB Conversion team developed a biological and chemical process to convert hardwood feedstock into sustainable transportation fuels, such as diesel, jet fuels, and gasoline, and bio-based chemicals, like acetic acid.
The Conversion team investigated a biorefining process that uses nearly 100% of the carbon in the feedstock for fuel and produces 40-50% higher yields than other biorefining processes. Research was conducted in the lab, at the ZeaChem demonstration plant, and at outside facilities.
Researchers tested the quality of materials from different poplar varieties and multiple harvest cycles. They determined that whole tree chips (which include bark and twigs) can be efficiently used, but the process works best if leaves are excluded.