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NREL and Johnson Matthey announce 5-year collaboration on biofuels
Date:12/18/2012

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will partner with Johnson Matthey, a global specialty chemicals company, in a five-year, $7 million effort to economically produce drop-in gasoline, diesel and jet fuel from non-food biomass feedstocks, the federal laboratory announced today.

The work will be conducted under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) between NREL and Johnson Matthey.

"It's a way of leveraging the expertise of two organizations to solve a pressing national and international problem," NREL Senior Project Leader for Partnership Development Rich Bolin said. The goal is to improve vapor phase upgrading during the biomass pyrolysis process in order to lower costs and speed production of lignocellulose-based fuels.

Currently, NREL has 184 active CRADAs with industry, the most of any national laboratory.

"We're delighted to be collaborating with NREL in this exciting field," Andrew Heavers, Business Development Director for New Technologies at Johnson Matthey, said. "Combining Johnson Matthey's understanding of catalysis with NREL's biomass processing capabilities will help accelerate the development of more economic routes to biofuels."

It's a meeting of heavyweights. NREL is a world leader in biomass conversion research and will be conducting the necessary testing, from bench scale to pilot scale. Johnson Matthey is one of the world's leading suppliers of catalysts and process technologies for a range of environmental and chemical applications, with facilities in the United Kingdom, the United States and over 30 other countries around the world. As part of this agreement, the company will supply and develop innovative new catalytic materials to upgrade pyrolysis vapor to biofuel components.

"The goal is to find catalytic systems that can produce biofuels cost effectively at scale," said Mark Nimlos, NREL's research supervisor for molecular sc
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Contact: David Glickson
david.glickson@nrel.gov
303-275-4097
DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory
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