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
- When processing wet wastes, Genifuel's HTP
"Solves Three Problems At Once"™:
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
- 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
- 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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