Catalytic conversion of biomass-derived synthesis gas to fuels

Rodrigo Suárez París, Luis Lopez, Javier Barrientos, Fátima Pardo, Magali Boutonneta, Sven Järås

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Biomass-derived fuels constitute a promising alternative for diversifying the fuel supply and reducing the consumption of fossil fuels, leading to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and thus mitigating global warming. Biomass can be converted to synthesis gas, which can serve as a source for various liquid and gaseous fuels. Although significant progress has been achieved in the overall process, both economic and technical challenges still need to be overcome. Many pilot plants are already in operation and the first demonstration and semi-commercial installations are under construction or starting to operate. Catalysis is a key parameter in the conversion of synthesis gas to fuels. The aim of this work is to present the latest advances in the catalytic conversion of synthesis gas to Fischer-Tropsch gasoline and diesel, synthetic natural gas, ethanol and mixed alcohols. The syntheses of methanol and dimethyl ether are also briefly reviewed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCatalysis
EditorsJames J. Spivey, Yi-Fan Han, K. M. Dooley
PublisherRoyal Society of Chemistry
Number of pages82
ISBN (Electronic)9781782620549
StatePublished - 19 Feb 2015

Publication series

ISSN (Print)0140-0568
ISSN (Electronic)1465-1920

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