Brazil Bilateral: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to US-Brazil R&D in thermochemical bio conversion


The Brazil Bilateral is a co-operative R&D effort between Brazil’s Petrobras and the US National renewable Energy Laboratory. It aims to demonstrate technical and economic feasibility of co-processing raw fast pyrolysis oil in Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) operation, establish collaborations with credible commercial partners, generate co-processing yield data at steady-state from FCC unit at Petrobras demonstration refinery SIX, and perform techno-economic and sustainability analyses based on yield data.

The partnership supports US Strategic Goals in developing commercially viable technologies for converting biomass feedstocks into energy dense, fungible, liquid transportation fuels, and supports U.S. and Brazil Strategic Energy Dialogue goals in advanced biofuels and industrial partnerships across these and other countries.

Project leaders Helena Chum (NREL) and Andrea Pinho (Petrobras) have this illuminating update at the DOE Project Peer Review meetings.