Biobenzin: Ist Benzin aus Biomasse eine neue spannende Perspektive?

Was ist besser: Biobenzin oder Ethanol? WISSEN DER ZUKUNFT berichtet über das Wunderwelt Wissen und eine neue Perspektive.

Hamburg (ptx) – Shell und Virent Energy Systems, Inc., (Virent) aus Madison in Wisconsin, USA, haben ein gemeinsames Forschungs- und Entwicklungsvorhaben angekündigt, das zum Ziel hat, pflanzlichen Zucker statt in Ethanol direkt in fertiges Benzin oder Benzinkomponenten umzuwandeln.
Die Zusammenarbeit hat das Potential, die Verfügbarkeit neuer Biokraftstoffe deutlich zu verbessern. Denn das neue Biobenzin kann dem herkömmlichen Ottokraftstoff in hohen Mischungsanteilen beigegeben werden. Eine spezialisierte Infrastruktur, neue Motortechnik und die erforderlichen Anlagen zur Beimischung würden dadurch überflüssig. Die Technologie der BioForming-Plattform von Virent wandelt pflanzliche Zucker mit Hilfe von Katalysatoren in Kohlenwasserstoffmoleküle um, wie sie auch in einer Erdölraffinerie erzeugt werden. Bisher wurden pflanzliche Zucker zu Ethanol fermentiert und destilliert. Die neuen “Biobenzin”-Moleküle haben einen höheren Energieinhalt als Ethanol (oder Butanol) und bieten eine bessere Kraftstoffeffizienz. Sie lassen sich zu herkömmlichem Benzin mischen, das sich nicht von Benzin auf Erdölbasis unterscheidet, oder können mit ethanolhaltigem Benzin kombiniert werden.

Zur Gewinnung der Zucker eignen sich neben Weizen, Mais und Zuckerrohr auch Reststoffe/Bioabfälle wie Maisstroh, Stroh und Zuckerrohrbagasse. Shell und Virent haben bereits ein Jahr lang gemeinsam geforscht. Mit der BioForming- Technologie wurden schnelle Fortschritte erzielt und die gesteckten Ziele für Ertrag, Produktzusammensetzung und Kosten übertroffen. In Zukunft soll vor allem die Technologie weiter verbessert und zur kommerziellen Produktion größerer Mengen tauglich gemacht werden.

“Die technischen Eigenschaften der heutigen Biokraftstoffe erschweren ihre Einführung auf breiter Front”, so Dr. Graeme Sweeney, Shell Executive Vice President Future Fuels and CO2.

“Die Autoindustrie und Kraftstoffanbieter sind zwar im Begriff, die Vertriebsinfrastruktur und die Automotoren an die heutigen Biokraftstoffe anzupassen, aber die jetzt aufkommenden neuen Kraftstoffe wie die von Virent, die dieselben Eigenschaften wie Benzin und Diesel aufweisen oder diesen sogar überlegen sind, geben eine neue Perspektive, was ich sehr spannend finde.”

Dr. Randy Cortright, Chief Technology Officer, Mitbegründer und geschäftsführender Vizepräsident von Virent: “Virent hat bewiesen, dass sich pflanzlicher Zucker in dieselben Kohlenwasserstoff-Komponenten umwandeln läßt, die in den heutigen Benzinmischungen verwendet werden. Unsere Produkte sind Benzin auf Erdölbasis in Funktionalität und Leistung ebenbürtig. Der einzigartige Katalyseprozess von Virent erzeugt Biobenzin aus unterschiedlichen Biomasse-Rohstoffen zu wettbewerbsfähigen Kosten. Die Ergebnisse, die uns heute vorliegen, rechtfertigen eine beschleunigte Kommerzialisierung dieser Technologie.”

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  1. ETHANOL-PRODUCTION WITH BLUE-GREEN-ALGAE
    A SOLUTION AFTER PEAK-OIL AND OIL-CRASH

    University of Hawai’i Professor Pengchen “Patrick” Fu developed an innovative technology, to produce high amounts of ethanol with modified cyanobacterias, as a new feedstock for ethanol, without entering in conflict with the food and feed-production .

    Fu has developed strains of cyanobacteria — one of the components of pond scum — that feed on atmospheric carbon dioxide, and produce ethanol as a waste product.

    He has done it both in his laboratory under fluorescent light and with sunlight on the roof of his building. Sunlight works better, he said.

    It has a lot of appeal and potential. Turning waste into something useful is a good thing. And the blue-green-algae needs only sun and wast- recycled from the sugar-cane-industry, to grow and to produce directly more and more ethanol. With this solution, the sugarcane-based ethanol-industry in Brazil and other tropical regions will get a second way, to produce more biocombustible for the worldmarket.

    The technique may need adjusting to increase how much ethanol it yields, but it may be a new technology-challenge in the near future.

    The process was patented by Fu and UH in January, but there’s still plenty of work to do to bring it to a commercial level. The team of Fu foundet just the start-up LA WAHIE BIOTECH INC. with headquarter in Hawaii and branch-office in Brazil.

    PLAN FOR AN EXPERIMENTAL ETHANOL PLANT

    Fu figures his team is two to three years from being able to build a full-scale
    ethanol plant, and they are looking for investors or industry-partners (jointventure).

    He is fine-tuning his research to find different strains of blue-green algae that will produce even more ethanol, and that are more tolerant of high levels of ethanol. The system permits, to “harvest” continuously ethanol – using a membrane-system- and to pump than the blue-green-algae-solution in the Photo-Bio-Reactor again.

    Fu started out in chemical engineering, and then began the study of biology. He has studied in China, Australia, Japan and the United States, and came to UH in 2002 after a stint as scientist for a private company in California.

    He is working also with NASA on the potential of cyanobacteria in future lunar and Mars colonization, and is also proceeding to take his ethanol technology into the marketplace. A business plan using his system, under the name La Wahie Biotech, won third place — and a $5,000 award — in the Business Plan Competition at UH’s Shidler College of Business.
    Daniel Dean and Donavan Kealoha, both UH law and business students, are Fu’s partners. So they are in the process of turning the business plan into an operating business.

    The production of ethanol for fuel is one of the nation’s and the world’s major initiatives, partly because its production takes as much carbon out of the atmosphere as it dumps into the atmosphere. That’s different from fossil fuels such as oil and coal, which take stored carbon out of the ground and release it into the atmosphere, for a net increase in greenhouse gas.
    Most current and planned ethanol production methods depend on farming, and in the case of corn and sugar, take food crops and divert them into energy.

    Fu said crop-based ethanol production is slow and resource-costly. He decided to work with cyanobacteria, some of which convert sunlight and carbon dioxide into their own food and release oxygen as a waste product.

    Other scientists also are researching using cyanobacteria to make ethanol, using different strains, but Fu’s technique is unique, he said. He inserted genetic material into one type of freshwater cyanobacterium, causing it to produce ethanol as its waste product. It works, and is an amazingly efficient system.

    The technology is fairly simple. It involves a photobioreactor, which is a
    fancy term for a clear glass or plastic container full of something alive, in which light promotes a biological reaction. Carbon dioxide gas is bubbled through the green mixture of water and cyanobacteria. The liquid is then passed through a specialized membrane that removes the
    ethanol, allowing the water, nutrients and cyanobacteria to return to the
    photobioreactor.

    Solar energy drives the conversion of the carbon dioxide into ethanol. The partner of Prof. Fu in Brazil in the branch-office of La Wahie Biotech Inc. in Aracaju – Prof. Hans-Jürgen Franke – is developing a low-cost photo-bio-reactor-system. Prof. Franke want´s soon creat a pilot-project with Prof. Fu in Brazil.

    The benefit over other techniques of producing ethanol is that this is simple and quick—taking days rather than the months required to grow crops that can be converted to ethanol.

    La Wahie Biotech Inc. believes it can be done for significantly less than the cost of gasoline and also less than the cost of ethanol produced through conventional methods.

    Also, this system is not a net producer of carbon dioxide: Carbon dioxide released into the environment when ethanol is burned has been withdrawn from the environment during ethanol production. To get the carbon dioxide it needs, the system could even pull the gas out of the emissions of power plants or other carbon dioxide producers. That would prevent carbon dioxide release into the atmosphere, where it has been implicated as a
    major cause of global warming.
    Honolulo – Hawaii/USA and Aracaju – Sergipe/Brasil – 15/09/2008

    Prof. Pengcheng Fu – E-Mail: pengchen2008@gmail.com
    Prof. Hans-Jürgen Franke – E-Mail: lawahiebiotech.brasil@gmail.com

    Tel.: 00-55-79-3243-2209

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