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Title: Techno-Economic Analysis and Life-Cycle Analysis of Two Light-Duty Bioblendstocks: Isobutanol and Aromatic-Rich Hydrocarbons

Abstract

Isobutanol and aromatic-rich hydrocarbons (ARHC) are two biomass-derived high-octane blendstocks that could be blended with petroleum gasoline for use in optimized spark-ignition engines in light-duty vehicles, potentially increasing engine efficiency. To evaluate technology readiness, economic viability, and environmental impacts of these technologies, we use detailed techno-economic analysis (TEA) and life-cycle analysis (LCA). We assumed isobutanol is produced via biochemical conversion of an herbaceous feedstock blend while ARHC is produced via thermochemical conversion of a woody feedstock blend. The minimum estimated fuel selling price (MFSP) of isobutanol ranged from 5.57/gasoline gallon equivalent (GGE) (0.045/MJ) based on today's technology to 4.22/GGE (0.034/MJ) with technology advancements. The MFSP of ARHC could decline from 5.20/GGE (0.042/MJ) based on today's technology to 4.20/GGE (0.034/MJ) as technology improves. Both isobutanol and ARHC offer about 73% greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction relative to petroleum gasoline per LCA of these two bioblendstocks. On the other hand, water consumption in the production of both bioblendstocks exceeds that of conventional gasoline although process engineering offers routes to cutting water consumption. Over their life-cycles, both isobutanol and ARHC emit more NOx and PM2.5 than petroleum gasoline. Improving the energy efficiency and lowering air emissions from agricultural equipment will reduce the life-cyclemore » air pollutant emissions of these bioblendstocks.« less

Authors:
ORCiD logo [1];  [2];  [3];  [1]; ORCiD logo [1]; ORCiD logo [2]; ORCiD logo [2];  [4];  [3]
  1. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
  2. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
  3. Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
  4. Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Bioenergy Technologies Office (EE-3B); USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Vehicle Technologies Office (EE-3V)
OSTI Identifier:
1476882
Report Number(s):
NREL/JA-5100-71600
Journal ID: ISSN 2168-0485
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 6; Journal Issue: 7; Journal ID: ISSN 2168-0485
Publisher:
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
09 BIOMASS FUELS; aromatic-rich hydrocarbons; bioblendstock; isobutanol; life-cycle analysis; techno-economic analysis

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Cai, Hao, Markham, Jennifer, Jones, Susanne, Benavides, Pahola Thathiana, Dunn, Jennifer B., Biddy, Mary, Tao, Ling, Lamers, Patrick, and Phillips, Steven. Techno-Economic Analysis and Life-Cycle Analysis of Two Light-Duty Bioblendstocks: Isobutanol and Aromatic-Rich Hydrocarbons. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.1021/acssuschemeng.8b01152.
Cai, Hao, Markham, Jennifer, Jones, Susanne, Benavides, Pahola Thathiana, Dunn, Jennifer B., Biddy, Mary, Tao, Ling, Lamers, Patrick, & Phillips, Steven. Techno-Economic Analysis and Life-Cycle Analysis of Two Light-Duty Bioblendstocks: Isobutanol and Aromatic-Rich Hydrocarbons. United States. doi:10.1021/acssuschemeng.8b01152.
Cai, Hao, Markham, Jennifer, Jones, Susanne, Benavides, Pahola Thathiana, Dunn, Jennifer B., Biddy, Mary, Tao, Ling, Lamers, Patrick, and Phillips, Steven. Tue . "Techno-Economic Analysis and Life-Cycle Analysis of Two Light-Duty Bioblendstocks: Isobutanol and Aromatic-Rich Hydrocarbons". United States. doi:10.1021/acssuschemeng.8b01152. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1476882.
@article{osti_1476882,
title = {Techno-Economic Analysis and Life-Cycle Analysis of Two Light-Duty Bioblendstocks: Isobutanol and Aromatic-Rich Hydrocarbons},
author = {Cai, Hao and Markham, Jennifer and Jones, Susanne and Benavides, Pahola Thathiana and Dunn, Jennifer B. and Biddy, Mary and Tao, Ling and Lamers, Patrick and Phillips, Steven},
abstractNote = {Isobutanol and aromatic-rich hydrocarbons (ARHC) are two biomass-derived high-octane blendstocks that could be blended with petroleum gasoline for use in optimized spark-ignition engines in light-duty vehicles, potentially increasing engine efficiency. To evaluate technology readiness, economic viability, and environmental impacts of these technologies, we use detailed techno-economic analysis (TEA) and life-cycle analysis (LCA). We assumed isobutanol is produced via biochemical conversion of an herbaceous feedstock blend while ARHC is produced via thermochemical conversion of a woody feedstock blend. The minimum estimated fuel selling price (MFSP) of isobutanol ranged from 5.57/gasoline gallon equivalent (GGE) (0.045/MJ) based on today's technology to 4.22/GGE (0.034/MJ) with technology advancements. The MFSP of ARHC could decline from 5.20/GGE (0.042/MJ) based on today's technology to 4.20/GGE (0.034/MJ) as technology improves. Both isobutanol and ARHC offer about 73% greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction relative to petroleum gasoline per LCA of these two bioblendstocks. On the other hand, water consumption in the production of both bioblendstocks exceeds that of conventional gasoline although process engineering offers routes to cutting water consumption. Over their life-cycles, both isobutanol and ARHC emit more NOx and PM2.5 than petroleum gasoline. Improving the energy efficiency and lowering air emissions from agricultural equipment will reduce the life-cycle air pollutant emissions of these bioblendstocks.},
doi = {10.1021/acssuschemeng.8b01152},
journal = {ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering},
number = 7,
volume = 6,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {5}
}

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