Grace Receives Department of Energy Biofuels Grant
COLUMBIA, Md., Sep 10, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --W. R. Grace & Co. (NYSE:GRA) has been selected to receive up to $3.3
million from the U.S. Department of Energy for the evaluation and
enhancement of advanced biofuel technologies.
Grace will work with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to
develop technologies for thermochemical conversion of biomass to
advanced biofuels that are compatible with existing fueling
infrastructure. The technologies will upgrade bio-oils into gasoline,
diesel and jet fuels using a specialized catalytic reactor designed to
resist corrosion and extend catalyst lifetime. Also on the team are VTT
Technical Research Centre of Finland, who will be providing pyrolysis
oils, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, who will study corrosion.
The funding is a component of the Department of Energy's strategy to
accelerate the development of sustainable biofuels, and is coordinated
by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Biomass
Grace and PNNL researchers will use a thermochemical process known as
pyrolysis, which breaks down biomass using heat to produce bio-oils that
can be further processed in existing petroleum refineries into
Susan Ehrlich, Business Director of Grace Renewable Technologies,
commented, "We are excited to be selected for this funding and look
forward to collaborating with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Our
understanding of catalysts, combined with their pyrolysis and process
development expertise, will position us to accelerate the
commercialization of this new technology and production process."
Ms. Ehrlich continued, "Pursuing and receiving this grant is validation
of Grace's strategy to grow the renewables business, explore open
innovation with high-caliber researchers and become a global supplier to
the biofuels industry."
Grace has more than seven decades of experience with catalysts used in
the production of transportation fuels, such as gasoline and diesel
fuels, and other petroleum-based products. In 2006, the company expanded
its work in the biofuels industry with the introduction of a renewables
product line that provides technologies for purification, drying and
biofeedstock conversion. Some current products include the company's
EnSieve(R) desiccants for ethanol dehydration and EnPure(R)
adsorbents for biodiesel purification.
About Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is a Department of Energy Office
of Science national laboratory where interdisciplinary teams advance
science and technology and deliver solutions to America's most
intractable problems in energy, the environment and national security.
PNNL employs 4,700 staff, has an annual budget of nearly $1.1 billion,
and has been managed by Ohio-based Battelle since the lab's inception in
1965. More information is available at www.pnl.gov.
Grace is a leading global supplier of catalysts and other products to
petroleum refiners; catalysts for the manufacture of plastics;
silica-based engineered and specialty materials for a wide range of
industrial applications; sealants and coatings for food and beverage
packaging, and specialty chemicals, additives and building materials for
commercial and residential construction. Founded in 1854, Grace has
operations in over 40 countries. For more information, visit Grace's web
site at www.grace.com.
SOURCE: W. R. Grace & Co.
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