HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Shell India Markets Pvt Ltd (SIMPL) will proceed with the installation of a 5 tonne/day IH2 technology demonstration plant on the site of SIMPL’s new Technology Centre in Bangalore, India. SIMPL will build, operate and own the demonstration scale IH2 plant. IH2 technology is a continuous catalytic thermo-chemical process which converts a broad range of forestry/agricultural residues and municipal wastes directly into renewable hydrocarbon transportation fuels and/or blend stocks. The IH2 technology was developed by US-based Gas Technology Institute in 2009 and is being further developed in collaboration with CRI Catalyst Company (CRI), Shell’s Catalyst business. CRI will supply the proprietary catalysts for the unit. The Basic Engineering Package for the plant will be provided by Zeton, Inc. of Ontario, Canada.
As the IH2 technology converts a wide range of residual biomass, the facility in Bangalore will be designed to allow for variation in feedstock. Highly relevant commercial feedstocks, such as residual woody biomass and select agricultural and municipal residues, will be within the intended feed scope. Regardless of the feedstock, the IH2 hydrocarbons produced span the gasoline, jet and diesel range.
Hydrocarbons produced from the IH2 technology using lignocellulosic biomass feed meet the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) specifications for road transport fuels, positioned for the US market as an E10 gasoline fully renewable product and as a 100% fully renewable on-road diesel. Testing of the neat kerosene (R100) cut indicates that the material meet specifications for global jet fuel specifications for Jet A-1/JP8 for those properties tested to date. Ongoing research indicates a high probability to achieve European Union (EN) specification fuels.
IH2 is a trademark of Gas Technology Institute.
About CRI Catalyst Company
CRI Catalyst Company is the global catalyst technology company of the Shell Group. CRI operates research laboratories, development facilities, manufacturing plants and business units throughout the world. It is dedicated to providing a broad customer base with effective and cost-efficient catalysts and technologies. CRI has a range of products with specific focus on environmental applications, hydrogen separation and recovery, selective oxidation and hydrogenation and the production of renewable fuels. Website: www.cricatalyst.com
Shell is one of the world’s largest independent oil and gas companies in terms of market capitalization, operating cash flow and oil-equivalent production. It explores for oil and gas worldwide, developing oil and gas fields into productive assets. Its portfolio of refineries and chemical plants enables it to capture additional value from the oil and gas that it produces. Furthermore, Shell is a leading biofuel producer and fuel retailer in Brazil, through the Raízen joint venture. It has a strong retail position not only in the major industrialized countries, but also in developing countries. The distinctive Shell pecten (a trademark in use since the early part of the 20th century) and trademarks in which the word Shell appears help raise the profile of its brand globally. Website: www.shell.com
About Gas Technology Institute
GTI is a leading research, development and training organization that has been addressing energy and environmental challenges by developing technology-based solutions for consumers, industry and government for nearly 75 years. Website: www.gastechnology.org
About Zeton Inc.
Zeton helps companies bring their process technologies to market by specializing in the design and fabrication of innovative lab scale systems, pilot plants, demonstration plants, and modular production plants. Zeton’s engineers have significant expertise in bioenergy process applications, including the design and fabrication of pilot plants for the IH2 process. Website: www.zeton.com