Advantages of Hydrothermal Processing
  • Genifuel's Hydrothermal Processing (HTP) works with almost any organic feedstock, converting more than 99% of the organic content to fuels or inert products.

  • Most of the feedstocks processed with HTP are wet wastes.  A list of some feedstocks which have been tested with HTP is shown here.

  • When processing wet wastes, Genifuel's HTP "Solves Three Problems At Once":  (1) HTP cleanly disposes of the wet waste material; (2) It produces renewable fuel; and (3) It produces clean, clear, sterile water. 

  • No other process, whether wet or dry, achieves the technical and economic efficiency of HTP.  Dry processes such as pyrolysis waste considerable energy simply drying the feedstock, while wet processes such as anaerobic digestion typically convert only half or less of the feedstock to usable fuel.

  • The quality of oil and gas produced by HTP is better than any other process.  The biocrude oil is much less oxygenated and contains far less water than pyrolysis oil, and is correspondingly easier and less expensive to refine.  It is also low in sulfur, making it similar to a light, sweet crude.  The gas product is clean, and contains no sulfur, nitrogen, silanes, and very little water.  It can be burned directly or easily stripped of carbon dioxide for insertion into a natural gas pipeline.

  • The renewable fuels from HTP can make a substantial contribution to world energy supplies--up to 25% or more of the transportation fuel supplied by fossil sources.  This is far more than today's contribution by wind and solar.

  • The economics of HTP do not depend solely on the price of oil and gas.  This is because the process is also disposing of wet wastes and providing clean water, both of which are economically valuable results.  Other valuable products can include fertilizer, waste heat from Combined Heat and Power (CHP), carbon credits, and others. 
     
  • HTP is inherently distributed, meaning it can be located close to the source of the wet feedstock.  This eliminates the need for transportation of wet, heavy material and makes better use of existing infrastructure.

  • Renewable fuels and electricity made with HTP often qualify for renewable credits and subsidies.

  • Energy made from wet wastes does not compete with food production--in fact, food wastes from processing or food service facilities can be used as feedstock, creating a "virtuous cycle". 


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