Technoeconomic analysis of jet fuel production from hydrolysis, decarboxylation, and reforming of camelina oil
KAUST DepartmentClean Combustion Research Center
Mechanical Engineering Program
Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE) Division
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AbstractThe commercial production of jet fuel from camelina oil via hydrolysis, decarboxylation, and reforming was simulated. The refinery was modeled as being close to the farms for reduced camelina transport cost. A refinery with annual nameplate capacity of 76,000 cubic meters hydrocarbons was modeled. Assuming average camelina production conditions and oil extraction modeling from the literature, the cost of oil was 0.31$kg-1. To accommodate one harvest per year, a refinery with 1 year oil storage capacity was designed, with the total refinery costing 283 million dollars in 2014 USD. Assuming co-products are sold at predicted values, the jet fuel break-even selling price was 0.80$kg-1. The model presents baseline technoeconomic data that can be used for more comprehensive financial and risk modeling of camelina jet fuel production. Decarboxylation was compared to the commercially proven hydrotreating process. The model illustrated the importance of refinery location relative to farms and hydrogen production site.
SponsorsThis material is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E)-PETRO (Plants Engineered to Replace Oil) program (Award # DE-AR0000207) under the direction of program director Jonathan Burbaum. The manuscript was greatly improved by comments from the editor and anonymous reviewers.
JournalBiomass and Bioenergy