Biomass Conversion

Conversion of biomass residues is an untapped source of renewable power and heat.

UOP, through its joint venture Envergent Technologies, offers a proven method to convert biomass into a liquid biofuel that can generate renewable heat and power or even be upgraded in the future to produce green transport fuels

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A partnership with a proven path

Renewable Heat & Power

In 2008, UOP and Ensyn Corporation created the joint venture Envergent Technologies.

Envergent is focused on the conversion of forest and agricultural waste residues to a renewable liquid fuel to generate renewable heat and power. We do this through the RTP® process, or rapid thermal processing, which has been in commercial operation for more than 25 years.

The RTP process produces a clean burning, minimal sulfur content biofuel that can be used for the generation of renewable heat and power.  It is a cost-effective solution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions up to 90% compared to petroleum-based fuels.

The process is scalable to meet the needs of diverse applications. It has a relatively compact footprint due to its modular construction, and is feedstock-flexible in that RTP can be designed to process a wide variety of lignocellulosic feedstocks.

For more information on the advantages of pyrolysis oil and our RTP technology, please visit us at

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Making high-quality transport fuels from low-value residuals

The same pyrolysis oil used today to generate renewable heat and power, can be upgraded to offer a new alternative for the transportation fuel market.

UOP has already proven on a lab scale that this technology is possible.  Now, with the support of the U.S. government, industry partners and joint venture partner Ensyn Corporation, we are focused on bringing it to commercial reality.

In early 2010, UOP announced that we received a $25 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy to build a demonstration unit in Hawaii that will convert cellulosic biomass into green transportation fuels.

The demonstration is part of the DOE’s effort to help reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil, spur the creation of the domestic bio-industry and create new jobs. The project will use forestry and agricultural residuals as well as algae residuals to produce pyrolysis oil and then upgrade this oil to high-quality, drop-in gasoline, diesel and jet fuel.

To learn more about our technology for biomass conversion and upgrading technology, please visit the Envergent Technologies website