Pall Corp. gets NREL contract

By Nicholas Zeman | March 23, 2010
Posted March 24, 2010

The National Advanced Biofuels Consortium, created by stimulus packages under the federal government's economic recovery efforts, has selected Pall Corp. to develop filtration and separation processes for a U.S. DOE project to enable fungible biomass-based fuels to be integrated into the existing hydrocarbon fuels infrastructure.

The company will be an engineering partner on each of six processes for biofuel production being evaluated under the program. These processes include fermentation, catalytic conversion, catalytic fast pyrolysis, hydropyrolysis, hydrothermal liquefaction, and a low-cost, one-step syngas-to-distillates process.

"Pall is honored to have been selected to participate in this important research collaboration," said Greg Heilbrunn, senior vice president of global marketing for Pall Energy. "Our experience in advanced hot gas and liquid hydro separations for both conventional and alternative energy applications, as well as our global leadership in industrial membrane separations, will enable us to help ensure a marketable outcome of the consortium's work."

The initiative will deliver at least one pilot-ready process, design reports, and life cycle analysis demonstrating economics and environmental benefits. The $46 million project will be co-led by NREL and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).

"Collaborating on the ARRA fungible fuels program is consistent with Pall's global commitment to partnering with our customers for a greener future," Heilbrunn added. "It will capitalize on our enabling technologies and expand our renewable energy applications portfolio."
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