Renewable propane from biomass

Year 2007
Project team Jefferson Tester

Biofuel technology

Current biofuel technologies replace petroleum-based fuels, but they are not chemically identical to the fuels they are replacing. When accepted as new fuel sources, they often require massive infrastructure changes for widespread adoption. This project is developing technology to allow production of a gas that is chemically identical to one of today’s most common and cleanest burning petroleum-based fuels, propane, but makes the propane from renewable biomass such as sugar, starches, or cellulose. By integrating seamlessly into the existing infrastructure of the $160 billion global market for production and distribution of propane, it would hasten the commercial viability and adoption of clean-burning biofuels.