Producing kerosene from bio-based residues
Researchers have developed a new type of aviation fuels produced using bio-based waste streams from the agriculture industry.
Advanced biofuels are fuels that are produced from sustainable biomass and have significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions than fossil fuels.
The new type of fuel is based on a mixture of acetone and alcohol. While it does not yet meet all requirements, it is getting close. The expectation is that, after some processing steps have been optimized, it will meet all the applicable conditions.
The raw materials used in this project are residual streams from the processing of potatoes. These streams were used as a raw material for the fermentative production of acetone, butanol and ethanol.
The mixture substrate is catalytically converted into hydrocarbons and, after hydrogenation and fractionation, into aviation fuel.
This project could represent the first step in the creation of new value chains, in which biomass and waste streams with a high moisture content from the primary agriculture and food industry are used as raw materials for bio-processes for advanced liquid biofuels.