Development of Advanced Biofuels for Marine Applications Project

The thrust of this project is to develop biofuel/biodiesel conversion processes using crude biomass as feedstock. University of Maine's (UMaine's) Forest Bioproducts Research Institute (FBRI) has currently developed a Thermal DeOxygenation (TDO) process and formate assisted pyrolysis process (FasP) for converting crude biomass to biofuel products. The project will focus on upgrading those laboratory processes to produce viable marine biodiesel derivatives which will be testing in Maine Maritime Academy's (MMA's) METEL laboratory test diesel engines. The significant challenge in converting biomass into a transportation fuel is the removal of oxygen which can affect both the stability of the fuel in addition to its compatibility with petroleum derived fuels and infrastructure. The University of Maine has developed two transformative chemical pathways to convert biomass into crude oils that are compatible with petroleum transportation fuels (TDO and FasP). These oils are highly stable and have oxygen contents ranging from 1-10 wt%. Yields from these processes are greater than 50% on an energy basis and show promise as a viable method to efficiently convert crude biomass to marine fuels. UMaine/FBRI will develop and optimize the TDO and FasP processes to produce liter quantities of marine grade biofuel which will then be testing in MMA's single cylinder diesel engine test stand and evaluated for performance and emissions characteristic as compared to conventional diesel fuel.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $500000.00
  • Contract Numbers:



  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Kimball, Richard

  • Performing Organizations:

    Marine Engine Testing and Emissions Laboratory

    Maine Maritime Academy
    Castine, ME  United States  04420
  • Principal Investigators:

    Kimball, Richard

  • Start Date: 20140701
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20190331
  • Source Data: RiP Project 36794

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01530213
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Marine Engine Testing and Emissions Laboratory
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC43, METEL-2014P775
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Jul 11 2014 1:01AM