Prof. Jason Porter has entered into an agreement to gasify bio oil for Greenfield Global, a leading producer of raw materials for the low-carbon economy. Bio oil is a liquid derived from biomass feedstocks. In addition to being a renewable feedstock, bio oils offer increased energy density, making them an attractive intermediary for bio-mass-to-fuel and chemicals technologies.

Per the agreement, Porter will use the gasifier in the High-Pressure Flow Reactor Lab in the Mechanical Engineering department. Greenfield Global will use the results to accelerate their proprietary renewable energy technologies.

Porter is an associate professor in the Mechanical Engineering department and also serves as the assistant department head for graduate programs. He is the director of the Mines Optical Diagnostics for Energy Systems (MODES) research group and lab.

 

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Side-cut of entrained flow gasifier