In the future our vehicles may indeed be fitted with a "Mr Fusion" and our transport needs will be powered by the contents of roadside waste bins but "We're Running OUTATIME"; no matter your views on Climate Change, there's no escaping the fact that the age of easy and cheap oil is over. Using biofuel isn’t a silver bullet due to sheer quantity of oil consumed but is a crucial step in the right direction.
Unlike options for power generation, there are fewer transport solutions, especially heavy vehicles and aircraft. Converting the UK’s waste biomass to liquid fuels could contribute up to 10% of the UK’s petrol and diesel fuel requirements. However complete conversion to a hydrocarbon fuel is still several years away at commercial scale. In the mean time 2G BioPOWER has developed a number of project propositions that use emergent commercial-scale conversion technologies but deliver a viable project in the short to medium term.
Gasification and pyrolysis are the most effective solutions currently available that convert all the primary constituents of biomass (cellulose, hemi-cellulose and lignin). The intermediate products of pyrolysis oil and syngas can be used for power generation or conversion to simple liquids such as methanol. Adopting these solutions also allows the investor potential access to multiple energy markets, not just power or fuels.
For each of 2G BioPOWER's propositions, a number of scenarios have been considered and sensitivies to key parameters modelled using the tools and methods outlined under 2GB Consulting.