Accelergy Corporation recently was awarded an alternative and clean energy program grant from the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Financing Authority to fund a feasibility study to evaluate the viability of the company’s integrated Coal-Biomass-to-Liquids (CBTL) process with the assistance of Raytheon Company and Carbon Cycle Technology Alliance partner A2BE CarbonCapture, LLC.
The announcement comes on the heels of Accelergy’s collaboration with the United States Air Force, which is currently conducting tests on the company’s fuels for application as 100% non-petroleum based synthetic jet fuel. (Earlier post.)
A $175,000 grant will be used for the site selection and analysis process for this facility.
The feasibility study is the first step in securing additional state funds for the construction of the Alliance’s first pilot production facility, and as part of the program in Pennsylvania the Alliance will seek opportunities to collaborate with local universities and research centers.
Following the site selection and facility design process, the Alliance will request a formal grant from the Commonwealth to construct a demonstration plant and produce its cleaner fuel on a larger scale. The Alliance expects to complete the study in three to four months.
The Carbon Cycle Technology Alliance was formed in 2009 to address the simultaneous challenges of increasing the supply of secure fuels while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The resulting integrated carbon capture and recycling process joins CBTL technology with algae photobioreactor CO2 recycling technology from Alliance partners Accelergy and A2BE Carbon Capture, respectively, and the development engineering, systems integration, carbon sequestration, and Six Sigma driven program management capabilities of Raytheon.