Southern Research Institute gets $1.5M for alternative fuels work
The Southern Research team includes research partners from Southern Company Services and Nexant Inc.
The Southern Research Institute has received a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to test a method for producing liquid transportation fuels from coal and biomass, the organization announced today.
The method is expected to improve the economics and lifecycle impacts of coal-to-liquid and coal-biomass-to-liquid processes.
Santosh Gangwal, SRI's principal investigator, said in a news release the organization's research team will use a demonstration scale coal gasifier at the DOE's National Carbon Capture Center in Wilsonville as the source of coal and coal-biomass derived syngas.
If the method reduces the costs and environmental impact of alternative fuel processes, the project is expected to lead to a commercial use of coal-biomass-to-liquid processes, the release said. Using that process would reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil, create new jobs and reduce fuel prices at the pump, the release said.
SRI is headquartered in Birmingham, Ala.
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