Sierra plant uses FT technology from Oxford Catalysts Group

Oxford Catalysts Group’s technology has been selected by Sierra Energy for a California Energy Commission (CEC)-funded synthetic fuels demonstration plant.

With the help of a $5m (£3.1m) grant recently secured from the CEC, Sierra, a waste gasification and renewable energy company based in Davis, California, is progressing with building a waste-to-fuels facility in northern California.

The plant will produce diesel and other products using a combination of Sierra’s proprietary gasifier and Oxford Catalysts Group’s Fischer-Tropsch (FT) technology. It will have a capacity of some 25–100 barrels per day, and is expected to be operational in mid to late 2013.

Sierra intends to use this demonstration as the basis for the design and roll-out of multiple commercial plants that will convert waste biomass material into ultra-clean synthetic fuels.