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CX-009910: Categorical Exclusion Determination

Stabilization of Bio-Oil Fractions for Insertion into Petroleum Refineries
CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6
Date: 01/15/2013
Location(s): Iowa, Oklahoma, Washington
Offices(s): Golden Field Office

The U.S. Department of Energy is proposing to provide federal funding to the Iowa State University of Science and Technology (ISU) to research, develop, produce and analyze stabilized bio-oil factions suitable for insertion as feedstock into petroleum refineries. Under this DOE award, funding would be used to produce (approximately 20 gallons), analyze and characterize four distinct bio-oil fractions with an existing Fast Pyrolysis Process Development Unit housed at the BioCentury Research Farm on the ISU campus. Funding would also be used to further process (catalytically upgrade) and stabilize the four distinct bio-oil fractions, evaluate the suitability of the stabilized bio-oil fractions for insertion within a petroleum refinery, and complete a techno-economic analysis (TEA) of producing stabilized fractions of bio-oil fractions for insertion within a petroleum refinery.