A new biofuels technology developed by North Carolina State University engineers has the potential to turn virtually any lipidic compoundâ€”e.g., vegetable oils, oils from animal fat and oils from algaeâ€”into aviation fuel or other high-value fuels.
The technology, called Centia, which is derived from â€œcrudus potentia,â€ or â€œgreen powerâ€ in Latin integrates a sequence of three thermocatalytic-reforming processes that are either extensions of current commercial processes or based on recent laboratory breakthroughs. Centia can also be used to make additives for cold-weather biodiesel fuels and holds the potential to fuel automobiles that currently run on gasoline.
NC State received provisional patents to use the process to convert fats into jet fuel or additives for cold-weather biodiesel fuels. The technology has been licensed by Diversified Energy Corp., a privately held Arizona company specializing in the development of advanced alternative and renewable energy technologies and projects.
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