University of California, Riverside

Center for Environmental Research & Technology

Advanced Thermochemical Research Laboratory



The Thermochemical Conversion Process Laboratory had a productive year, including securing four new projects funded by both private industry and regulators. One of the largest is a $1.4 million California Energy Commission award to further study UCR’s patented Steam Hydrogasification Reaction (SHR), which uses biomass to produce alternative fuels or electricity. Conventional processes for Substituted Natural Gas (SNG) production require additional steps such as methanation of synthesis gas, which damage process efficiency. SES has been developing a novel process by combining the water-gas-shift process into SHR. Recent demonstrations of the process with a bench scale reactor have shown very promising results. The research team also found SHR was enhanced by the addition of dolime, which has been dubbed Sorption Enhanced Steam Hydrogasification Reaction (SE-SHR). With the successful completion of the project, it will be shown that SNG can be produced from local waste resources in a cost effective, environmentally friendly manner and can be used for a number of applications, such as a clean burning transportation fuel or fuel cell applications.

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