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CHEMICAL$ & Fuels from Biomass Norm Olson P.E. Program Director, BECON Facility Biomass Energy CONversion Iowa Energy Center www.energy.iastate.edu
The Iowa Energy Center’s Mission Broad Scope – complex connections to many issues – focusing on Iowa – energy efficiency – renewable energy – education all groups all ages all sectors of the economy Broad Scope – complex connections to many issues – focusing on Iowa – energy efficiency – renewable energy – education all groups all ages all sectors of the economy
History Created by the 1990 Iowa Energy Efficiency Act – Funded by surcharge on intrastate electric & gas sales – Conducts and sponsors demonstration, education, training and research through partnerships and competitive grants with Iowa’s colleges, universities & private non- profits Created by the 1990 Iowa Energy Efficiency Act – Funded by surcharge on intrastate electric & gas sales – Conducts and sponsors demonstration, education, training and research through partnerships and competitive grants with Iowa’s colleges, universities & private non- profits
Twin Pillars Energy Efficiency $7.5 billion – Res., Comm., Inds. 20% savings in all buildings $1.5 billion annual savings $9 billion construction activity 64,000 person-year new jobs Alternative Fuels NH3 fuel $5.8 billion locally produced fuels $3 billion fuel production facilities # New jobs? Biorefinery $120 billion new economic output $30 billion new jobs (25%) 425,000 new jobs (manufacturing)
–energy efficient building systems –Demonstration, training and research –tours –meeting/class space Demonstration/Training/Research Facilities Energy Resource Station (ERS)
Demonstration/Training/Research Facilities BECON (Biomass Energy CONversion) renewable energy/ biomass to fuels and chemicals demonstration and research tours meeting/class space renewable energy/ biomass to fuels and chemicals demonstration and research tours meeting/class space
Compiled from “Worldwide Look at Reserves and Production,” Oil & Gas Journal, Vol. 104, No. 47 (December 18, 2006), pp. 24-25. World Crude Oil Reserves Jan 2007 1,317.4 billion barrels 7,749 quads (Coal: 22,171 quads) (NG: 5.500 quads) OPEC Share (68%)
Natural Gas Reserves AP updated 9:26 a.m. CT, Wed., Jan. 7, 2009 KIEV, Ukraine - Russia shut off all gas supplies to Europe through Ukraine on Wednesday — leaving more than a dozen countries scrambling to cope during a winter cold snap. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin publicly endorsed the move and urged that international observers be brought into the energy dispute.
World Total: 5500 Tcf, 5500 quads (Petroleum: 7749 quads) (Coal: 22,171 quads) Source: PetroStrategies, Inc. (3.3%)
USDoE - EIA, unpublished data, Coal Reserves Database (April 2007). World Energy Council, 2004 Survey of Energy Resources, Eds. J. Trinnaman and A. Clarke (London, UK: Elsevier, December 2004). World Recoverable Coal Reserves, Jan 2003 997.7 billion short tons 22,171 quads Oil: 7,749 quads NG: 5.500 quads Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
The Ideal Alternative Fuel Can be produced from any raw energy source (i.e. wind, solar, biomass, coal, nuclear, hydro etc.) Is cost effective Has significant storage and delivery systems already in place Is environmentally friendly Can be used in any prime mover (i.e. diesel engines, fuel cells, SI engines, gas turbines, etc.) Has a proven, acceptable safety record Produced in the U.S.
Ammonia Basics 1 Ammonia (NH3) can be produced from any raw energy source, including all fossil, renewable and nuclear sources. Ammonia is cost competitive with gasoline as a transportation fuel Ammonia has extensive, worldwide transportation and storage infrastructure already in place Ammonia is very environmentally friendly when used as a transportation fuel and produces only N2 and H20 at the tailpipe with low-cost emissions controls. Ammonia has been successfully demonstrated in SI engines, CI engines, and fuel cells.
Ammonia Basics 2 High U.S. cost is due to high cost of U.S. natural gas The U.S. imported over 50% of it’s nitrogen fertilizer for the first time in 2004 Ammonia high cost partially due to highly seasonal nature of use (inefficient use of infrastructure) Ammonia has been produced from coal in Beulah, North Dakota for decades. China has huge coal to ammonia capacity.
Dakota Gasification Over 20 years of producing natural gas, ammonia and other valuable chemicals from US coal. Al Lukes - $4.50 Nat. Gas from new coal gasification plants.
The Ideal Biomass System Soil tilth improved – no erosion loss, increased soil organic carbon content Nutrients and micronutrients returned to soil Fertilizer made from plant residue in same field Use of currently available planting, harvesting storage techniques No fossil fuel use Cost effective Local economic development Biorefinery concept – multiple products (food, chemicals, fuel additives) energy efficient, low air/water emissions, low water use
Wisconsin Ideal Annual Crop System – Cover Crop www.leopold.iastate.edu/.../cover.htm
Local Processing – All nutrients (PKN, micronutrients) returned to soil. Closed loop. Ideal Annual Crop System – Processing
Nutrients University of Nebraska - Nitrogen is one of sixteen chemical elements essential for plant growth (1). Green plants must be able to assimilate all sixteen nutrients to carry on cell growth and metabolic activities. Plants get oxygen (O), carbon (C), and hydrogen (H) from the air and water, the other nutrients are taken from the soil. Nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), potassium (K), are sometimes referred to as the primary nutrients while calcium (Ca), magnesium (Mg), and sulfur (S) are referred to as secondary nutrients. Another seven essential nutrients are taken up in much smaller quantities and are collectively referred to as micro-nutrients. These are: boron (B), chlorine (Cl), copper (Cu), iron (Fe), manganese (Mn), molybdenum (Mo), and zinc (Z). Table 1 lists the total crop removal of soil nutrients to produce a 150 bushel corn crop. (1) Cobalt has not been proven essential for higher plant growth but nodulating bacteria need it for fixing atmospheric nitrogen in legumes. It therefore sometimes will appear in a listing of essential nutrients. Table 1.TotalCrop Removal, lb/acre of EssentialSoilNutrients by a 150 bushelcorn crop. Nitrogen 200Phosphorous (P2O5) 85Potassium (K2O) 200 Calcium 42 Magnesium 44 Sulfur 25 Zinc 0.15 Iron 0.10 Manganese 0.08Boron 0.06 Copper 0.05 Molybdenum 0.03 Chlorine unknown Table 1.TotalCrop Removal, lb/acre of EssentialSoilNutrients by a 150 bushelcorn crop. Nitrogen 200Phosphorous (P2O5) 85Potassium (K2O) 200 Calcium 42 Magnesium 44 Sulfur 25 Zinc 0.15 Iron 0.10 Manganese 0.08Boron 0.06 Copper 0.05 Molybdenum 0.03 Chlorine unknown
Outreach A cooperative education/training agreement, led by DMACC, has been developed with all 15 Iowa Community Colleges Nearly 8000 people have either toured BECON or heard the BECON presentation since 1999. Visitors from most states and over 30 foreign countries BECON is a National Biodiesel Training Center Numerous state and Federal legislators, Presidential candidates and former U.S. President George Bush have visited BECON
Conversion Systems Biomass Conversion Systems Feedstock Processing Thermochemical Conversion Biological Conversion
Anaerobic Digestion/Composting Feedstock Processing High Solids Unit (Composting ) Low Solids Unit Scrubber Methane to Engine Generator Or Ammonia
Biomass Feedstocks Agricultural Residues Food Processing Wastes Livestock Production Wastes Municipal Solid Waste Obsolete Seed Corn Wood Waste
Feedstock Costs Cost of corn stover ~3 cents/lb. ($60/ton) Corn @ $3.50/bushel ~7 cents/lb Consists mainly of C, H and O Cost of petroleum ~ 8 cents/lb ($25/barrel) 16 cents/lb ($50/barrel) 24 cents/lb ($75/barrel) 32 cents/lb ($100/barrel) 40 cents/lb ($125/barrel) 48 cents/lb ($150/barrel) Consists mainly of C and H Organic chemicals are mainly C, H
Feedstock Availability 20-30 million tons of corn stover annually in Iowa Iowa Annual Fossil Fuel Use (EIA, 1999) 23.4 million tons of coal 5.1 million tons of natural gas 4.7 million tons of gasoline 3.0 million tons of diesel fuel 45 million tons of “Big Three” organic chemicals (ethylene, propylene, benzene) used in US annually.
Soil Tilth No till – the key to healthy soil? Partial stover removal Nutrients can be returned Streaker
Crude Oil Components Sulfur Napthalene Alkyl benzenes Paraffins Benzene Toluene Xylene 1,2,3,4 – Tetramethylbenzene Heavy metals Etc., etc., etc.
November, 2004 Delaware Oil Spill Worse Than Thought
A Little History Oil came in at $1.50/barrel in the mid- 1940’s ($0.0045/pound) Corn was approximately $1.50/bushel in 1950 (approx. $0.03/pound)
Historical Corn Prices Source: National Corn Growers Association
Forward to the Past Prior to the 1940’s most chemicals were plant derived Celluloid, Cellophane, Bakelite, rayon, paints, adhesives Henry Ford Vegetable Mobile Fermentations to ethanol, butanol, propanol and other alcohols was common prior to the 1940’s.
Mass Balance SugarProductFormulaPercent C 6 H 12 O 6 Acetic AcidC 2 H 4 O 2 100 C 6 H 12 O 6 Lactic AcidC 3 H 6 O 3 100 C 6 H 12 O 6 GlycerolC 3 H 8 O 3 100 C 6 H 12 O 6 EthanolC 2 H 6 O 51 C 6 H 12 O 6 MethaneCH 4 27
Petrochemicals - Biochemicals PetrochemicalBiochemical (1) Ethylene C 2 H 4 Ethanol C 2 H 6 O (2) Propylene C 3 H 6 Isopropanol C 3 H 8 O (3) MTBEMTBE - plants (4) Ethylene Dichloride C 2 H 4 Cl 2 Ethylene + Chlorine (5) Benzene C 6 H 6 Benzene (6) Urea CH 4 ON 2 CO 2 + NH 3 (12)Ethanol (15) Ethylene Oxide C 2 H 4 OEthylene (20) Acetic Acid(methanol)Acetic Acid C 2 H 4 O 2
RMI Hypercar $5-$10/ pound Auto-making and associated businesses employ one- seventh of U.S. workers (approaching two-fifths in some European countries) and represent one-tenth of America's consumer spending.
Key Benefits Developing systems to economically produce chemicals and fuels from biomass will spur rural economic development Adding value to agricultural products will enhance the profitability of many Iowa industries Demonstrating full-scale biomass conversion systems promotes increased adoption of these technologies Developing new products and technologies with export potential will strengthen Iowa’s economy (consulting) Producing and using biochemicals is more environmentally sound than producing and using petrochemicals Combining biomass research, demonstration, education and training at one facility helps focus this work and enhances exposure
What’s it Going to Take? Yankee Ingenuity Research and Demonstration Pioneer Spirit Fortitude Foresight Wisdom Integrated Systems Political Support
Wake-up Call WTO: China Overtakes U.S. in Exports Asian nation set to become world’s biggest exporter by 2008 The Associated Press Updated: 9:50 a.m. CT April 12, 2007