Gilbert, Arizona [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Diversified Energy Corporation announced that during a recent demonstration the Centia process produced a bio-gasoline fuel very similar to traditional unleaded gasoline. Centia is an advanced biofuels production process that takes any renewable oil input source and produces transportation fuels that are 1-for-1 replacements for petroleum jet fuel, diesel, and gasoline.
Fuels produced from Centia could be operated in engines, stored, and distributed in an identical manner to fossil fuels today. The process was developed in 2006 by North Carolina State University (NCSU) and has been licensed exclusively by Diversified Energy. The tests were conducted at NCSU using demonstration reactors, operated under temperature and pressure with a catalyst developed specifically for the Centia bio-gasoline process. A mass conversion efficiency in excess of 90% was achieved.“The team is extremely encouraged with the bio-gasoline results generated to date. With over 243 million vehicles on U.S. roads (with a majority using gasoline), finding an affordable renewable drop-in replacement would be a major achievement,” said Dr. Henry Lamb, NCSU Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and lead investigator on the bio-gasoline work. “While additional development work is still required, these results emphasize the potential of Centia to produce a variety of 2nd-generation biofuels.”