Co-production of decarbonized synfuels and electricity from coal + biomass with CO2 capture and storage: An Illinois case study

Eric David Larson, Giulia Fiorese, Guangjian Liu, Robert H. Williams, Thomas G. Kreutz, Stefano Consonni

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Abstract

Energy, carbon, and economic performances are estimated for facilities co-producing Fischer-Tropsch Liquid (FTL) fuels and electricity from a co-feed of biomass and coal in Illinois, with capture and storage of by-product CO 2. The estimates include detailed modeling of supply systems for corn stover or mixed prairie grasses (MPG) and of feedstock conversion facilities. Biomass feedstock costs in Illinois (delivered at a rate of one million tonnes per year, dry basis) are $ 3.8/GJHHV for corn stover and $ 7.2/GJHHV for MPG. Under a strong carbon mitigation policy, the economics of co-producing low-carbon fuels and electricity from a co-feed of biomass and coal in Illinois are promising. An extrapolation to the United States of the results for Illinois suggests that nationally significant amounts of low-carbon fuels and electricity could be produced this way.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)28-42
Number of pages15
JournalEnergy and Environmental Science
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 25 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Pollution

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