Background of technology
Quantafuel delivers technology for production of advanced environmentally friendly fuels.
Quantafuel’s core technology is catalysis. Quantafuel’s proprietary catalytic systems are tailored to fit different chemical processes converting materials containing low-value carbon into high-quality synthetic fuels. Some of these processes include Quantafuel’s proprietary GtL (Gas-to-Liquid) reactor technology which is an improved version of traditional F-T (Fischer-Tropsch synthesis), a process invented by Franz Fisher and Hans Tropsch in Germany in 1925.
Quantafuel combines its own technology with “state of the art and science” equipment from other technology vendors to assemble production plants with superior product quality, conversion factors and cost.
QF PtL Plant (Plastic to Liquid fuel)
- A continuous process converting waste plastics into synthetic low-carbon fuels.
- Part if this conversion is based on pyrolysis, through which the plastic molecules are broken into smaller molecules in the absence of oxygen.
- The molecular structure of waste plastic is close to ideal for conversion to synthetic fuel, with C-H (Carbon-Hydrogen) ratio of 1:2, almost identical to the C-H ratio in alkane fuel molecules. The catalytic system helps to ensure that the alkane fuel molecules formed will meet the desired specifications.
- From 1 ton waste plastics the process will yield 700-900 liter fuel dependent on feedstock quality.
QF BtL Plant (Biomass to Liquid fuel)
- A continuous process converting biomass from wood into synthetic bio-fuels, mainly bio jet fuel.
- The process is based on gasification combined with QF GtL technology.
- A thermal gasifier will convert wood chips into synthesis gas (CO + H2), and after gas cleaning and conditioning the QF GtL converts the gas into the right size alkane molecules.
- From 1 ton dry wood chips the process will yield 300 liter fuel.
- This process technology based on F-T was approved for production of jet fuel in 2009.
The fuel quality and conversion factors (quantity fuel/ton feedstock) for each plant will be dependent on feedstock type, quality, cost and plant optimization.
In some cases plants will be tuned to manufacture synthetic drop-in fuels, meaning fuels that can be used directly in today’s fuel infrastructure, in other cases to manufacture products ideal for fuel blends at a refinery.