Compact XTL (waste-to-liquids)
During the past 3-years there has been a revolution in synthetic fuels production that matches MSW resources with Compact-GTL (Gas-to-Liquids) technology. now enabling fuels production using societal waste resources. Here is the key point:
- World-scale GTL plants produce 140,000 barrels per day & require the area of 350 football fields.
- New Compact-GTL plants produce 1,000 barrels per day & require the area of only 1 football field.
The math is easy: 1-ton of MSW is consumed to product about 1-barrel of liquid clean-fuel, based upon 50% net conversion efficiency, which is typical for the Fischer-Tropsch (F-T) type synthesis technology.
In cooperation with the University of California Riverside and the California Energy Commission (CEC), Taylor Energy will soon prove that MSW is rather easily converted into clean-syngas when enabled by novel Pulse-Detonation powered Jet-Spouted-Bed Gasification methodology.
Following production of clean syngas, there are now a-half-dozen companies are offering Compact-GTL as a standard product with capacities from 100 – 1500 bbl/day range (1 bbl = 42 US gallons). Mild hydrogenation, followed by distillation, are used to produce aviation fuel, gasoline, and ultra-clean Diesel.
The Compact-GTL revulotion will likely have an impact on MSW as an energy resource in the USA.