Nuclear Biofuels Workshop: Nuclear Biorefinery Options

August 21, 2021

Nuclear Biofuels Workshop: Nuclear Biorefinery Options

You are invited to attend a workshop that addresses the question: Can a nuclear biofuels system enable liquid biofuels as the economic low-carbon replacement for all liquid fossil fuels and chemical industry hydrocarbon feedstocks where nuclear energy provides the low-carbon heat and hydrogen at the biorefinery?

Lignocellulosic biomass has long been used as an energy source but it is also a source of renewable carbon that can be converted into hydrocarbon fuels. If external heat and hydrogen from nuclear plants are provided to the biorefinery, rather than using biomass as both the heat and hydrogen source, the energy content of the biomass-derived hydrocarbon fuels can be more than double the energy content of the biomass itself.

External energy inputs from a nuclear plant enable:
* a much smaller land base to supply the necessary biomass for a desired amount of biofuels, and
* using biological carbon sources that are poor fuels to provide the necessary carbon.

External heat and hydrogen:
* ​​becomes the enabling mechanism for biomass to replace crude oil for a fast transition off fossil fuels, and
* may be 15% of total U.S. energy consumption—the second biggest nuclear market after electricity.

Nuclear Biorefinery Options | Wednesday, August 18 | 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. EDT
* Welcome ​| Charles Forsberg (MIT)
* Nuclear Hydrogen Production | Eric Ingersoll (LiquidCatalyst)​
​* Hydrogen Production with Carbon Capture and Storage | Addison Cruz (Honeywell UOP)
* Ethanol Upgrading to Hydrocarbon Fuel Blendstocks | ​​John Hannon (Vertimass)
* Direct Hydrodeoxygenation of Lignocellulosic Biomass to Hydrocarbons | Ana Rita C. Morais (University of Kansas)
* Fisher-Tropsch Liquid Fuels | Speaker TBA (Shell Oil Company)
* Matching Nuclear Reactors to Biorefinery Requirements | Speaker TBA
* Roundtable Discussion & Audience Participation