SYNSTREAM™: THE TECHNOLOGY BEHIND SUNDROP FUELS’
ULTRA-EFFICIENT CONVERSION OF BIOMASS TO LIQUID FUEL
At the center of Sundrop Fuels’ three-stage advanced biofuels production methodology is its proprietary SynStream™ technology, an ultrahigh-temperature pressurized gasification system in which biomass is rapidly converted and combined with hydrogen from clean-burning natural gas to create a renewable feed that is the key ingredient for biogasoline. Sundrop Fuels first converts this renewable feed into methanol, then turns it into drop-in “green gasoline” using a commercially-established methanol-to-gasoline fuels synthesis process.
The Sundrop Fuels SynStream method is unique from conventional biomass gasification in that it uses indirect radiation heat transfer to rapidly drive the extremely high temperatures needed to create the renewable feed that is then further processed to create drop-in advanced biofuels. Natural gas is used to power the Sundrop Fuels radiation-driven gasifier, generating temperatures of more than 1,300 degrees Celsius (2,372 degrees Fahrenheit).
By steadily maintaining these ultra-high temperatures to drive the endothermic gasification reaction, the Sundrop Fuels SynStream process operates at an astonishing high efficiency – producing more yield of renewable liquid fuel per ton of biomass feedstock than any other production method in the world.
As importantly, the Sundrop Fuels biogasoline product lifecycle significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions compared to the production of conventional petroleum fuels.
Sundrop Fuels is now beginning construction of its inaugural facility near Alexandria, Louisiana – a combination commercial production and demonstration plant that represents the first operational milestone in the company’s path toward becoming a large-scale provider of renewable, drop-in biogasoline. The facility will also represent the first commercial production of biofuels using a methanol-to-gasoline technology originally developed in the 1970s.