By Greentech Lead Team: Cool Planet BioFuels has achieved
4,000 gallons/acre biomass to gasoline conversion in pilot testing using giant
miscanthus, an advanced bioenergy crop.
The giant miscanthus was developed at the University of
Mississippi and provided from a high yield plot by Repreve Renewables. Other
advanced bio-energy crops, such as sorghum and switch grass, can provide
similar annual yields using this new process. Agricultural waste from food
crops can produce up to 1,000 gallons of gasoline/acre using this new
“These test results are based on nearly optimal crop
growth conditions and demonstrate what is possible in a good growing season.
Under more routine growing conditions, we estimate yields of about 3,000
gallons/acre should be achievable throughout the Midwest by selecting the
proper energy crop for local conditions,” said Mike Cheiky, Cool Planet’s
founder and CEO.
The process creates ultra-high surface area carbon in an
intermediate step of the conversion process. Some of this carbon can be
diverted to form a potent soil enhancer which can grow more crops and sequester
carbon dioxide. This sequestering process gives the Cool Planet fuel a low or
even negative carbon rating.
This breakthrough utilizes mild process conditions, with
process temperatures comparable to a kitchen stovetop and maximum pressures
comparable to a portable tire inflator.
Cool Planet’s cellulosic gasoline is chemically identical
to fossil gasoline. Since this gasoline has no oxygenates, it is not subject to
the ethanol blend wall and can be seamlessly mixed with pump gas.
Cool Planet has started fabrication of a mass production
ready modular refinery. The company plans to install several plants over the
next two years with rapid build out thereafter to provide a significant amount
of the world’s liquid fuel by 2020.
Recently, Cool Planet received approval from the
California Air Resources Board (CARB) to begin fleet-testing its negative