The Competitive Edge: Emerging Fuels Technology

November 11, 2021 |

Q: What was the reason for founding your organization – what was the open niche you saw that could be addressed with a new product or service? What was the problem, or gap, or opportunity?

Emerging Fuels Technology (EFT) was founded in late 2007 to address the need to reduce flaring worldwide by creating small Gas to Liquids (GTL) plants in the 500 to 5,000 BPD range. They needed to be highly cost effective, modular and able to operate in remote environments with little or no supporting utilities. We soon recognized the potential for applying our expertise in Fischer Tropsch synthesis to the production of fuels and chemicals from other carbonaceous materials. In 2008 we began working on biomass to liquids projects, many funded by the DOE. We have since developed a technology platform that allows us to work with biomass, municipal solid waste (MSW), biogases and CO2 to liquids (efuels) projects.

Q: Tell us about your organization. What do you do?

EFT licenses technology for the conversion of synthesis gas (carbon monoxide and hydrogen) from any source (biomass, MSW, biogas, CO2) into transportation fuels, primarily diesel and jet, and chemicals to fit the client’s requirements. Our patented Biogas to liquid (BioGTL) and Methane Mitigation FlareBuster technologies are at the crux of what we do.

Our BioGTL plant is designed to produce Drop-In compatible transportation fuels, diesel, jet and naphtha (gasoline blend stock), from renewable biogas. The plant is designed for remote, unmanned operation at landfills, agricultural bio-digesters and wastewater treatment facilities that produce renewable biogas. The result is a significantly more cost effective, smaller, and more efficient plant.

FlareBuster is a new approach to gas to liquids targeted primarily at methane mitigation or flaring worldwide. The design is covered by several new patents that result in a significant reduction in capex per barrel of daily capacity.

Q: What stage of development are you?

Commercial stage – have mature products or services on the market.

Q: What do your technologies, products or services do and accomplish – how does it (they) work, who is it (they) aimed for?

We have developed and licensed other technology to convert carbonaceous materials into synthetic fuels via Fischer Tropsch synthesis and product upgrading. Most of our clients are focused on the production of renewable fuels from acceptable renewable feedstocks. Ultimately, our technology is designed to create cost-effective solutions that redefine what was previously thought possible about production capacity, while simultaneously reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Q: Competitively, what gives your technology, product or service set an edge in cost or performance, sustainability, or any other aspect, that makes it stand out from the crowd, In short, what makes it transformative?

When we license to others, our primary advantage is the ability to provide a more cost effective, proven path to the production of synthetic fuels and chemical products from various sources of syngas. We do so cost effectively at plant sizes as small as 50 BPD. We accomplish this with a combination of a highly efficient Fischer Tropsch catalyst in a highly efficient reactor design. This optimized, upgraded technology reduces the number of components needed to create fuel, subsequently lowering the cost. Our two fully integrated designs, BioGTL and FlareBuster demonstrate the impact of these elements. Our 500 BPD FlareBuster design is estimated to deliver the plant for $30 million or $60,000 per barrel of daily capacity. We believe this is the lowest capex of any GTL plant and can generate an acceptable return without government subsidies. Our BioGTL plant makes renewable fuels at a capex that is approximately half the cost per barrel of much larger renewable fuels plants.

Q: What are the 3 top milestones you have accomplished in the past 3 years?

  1. Enhanced heat transfer of our Fixed Bed Tubular Reactor. We’ve significantly reduced the cost and improved the efficiency of the reactor, more than doubling its heat transfer capacity.
  2. We’ve executed three key licenses over the past three years. The first is our 2,400 BPD (barrels per day) GTL (gas to liquid) plant. The second is our 2,000 BTL (biomass-to-liquid fuels) plant. And finally, our efuel plant.
  3. EFT has developed an improved process (patent pending) for the production of middle distillate fuels that delivers a higher yield of the desired products when compared to classic hydroprocessing strategies. Our revolutionary Max Jet process when combined with our high alpha Fischer Tropsch catalyst lets us increase jet yields to near 80% jet with 20% naphtha.

Q: What are the 3 top milestones you will accomplish in the next 3 years?

  1. We are excited to build and operate our first commercial BioGTL plant. Our basic designs are finalized, and we anticipate selecting the first sight and starting construction in 2022.
  2. Next on our list is building and operating our first commercial FlareBuster, which we also anticipate will start construction in 2022.
  3. Finally, we are looking forward to demonstrating a breakthrough technology that will directly convert CO2 into fuels. With lab tests well underway, our initial results are already promising.

Where can I learn more about Emerging Fuels Technology?

Click here to visit Emerging Fuels Technology’s website.

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