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A Slovenian research institute has developed an invention which refers to a new catalyst for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into the liquid fuel with much lower content of oxygen thus having much higher caloric value. The researchers are looking for partners for license agreement with producers of biomass derived oils and producers of MoS2 catalysts.
Biomass, specifically wood, is one of the oldest forms of the energy sources, having been used by the humans from ancient times. The oil crisis in the mid-70s contributed to the active efforts to convert the lignocellulosic biomass to liquid fuels.
Pyrolysis is a thermochemical process that can directly convert up to 70 wt% of solid, dry biomass into pyrolysis oil, which contains cca 40 wt% of chemically-bonded oxygen and cca 20 wt% of dispersed water, resulting in low caloric value, which limits applicability of such as an energy source. Alternatively, the low temperature liquefaction in polyols with acid results in a much higher conversion of biomass into solvolytic primary oil. However, oxygen content of solvolytic oil still exceeds 40 wt% and hinders its widespread usage as a competitive fuel.
To decrease oxygen content in oils, thus making converting process of biomass more attractive for the market, additional methods must be employed, such as hydrodeoxygenation method.
Slovenian research institute is offering a solution based on innovative catalyst for conversion of biomass into liquid fuel giving higher caloric value of the fuel.
Hydrodeoxygenation (HDO) using MoS2 with modified morphology as a catalyst, which has high activity and selectivity for C-O bond rupture, thus allowing conversion of biomass into oil with much lower content of oxygen.
• High surface area of catalyst.
• High concentration of surface active sites responsible for HDO.
• Catalyst with high selectivity towards HDO.
• Conversion with significantly lower content of oxygen.
Specific area of activity of the partner: Producers of biomass derived oils, producers of MoS2 catalysts and chemical industry.
Task to be performed of the partner sought: Licence agreement: Implementation of the technology to existing or emerging products.