The C-FAST project
The objective of the C-FAST (Carbon negative Fuels derived from Algal and Solar Technologies) project is to offer a pilot plant to demonstrate production of hydrocarbon fuels (including diesel and gasoline) as sustainable carbon-negative energy carriers and raw materials for the chemical commodity industry.
cmcl innovations is offering a pilot plant with a production capacity of 350 t/year of biodiesel. The plant uses advanced photo-bio-reactors to cultivate algal biomass. The biomass is converted into syncrude using combined gasification and Fischer-Tropsch processes, followed by a final upgrade to produce a hydrocarbon fuel. The energy requirements for the plant are provided using concentrated solar power arrays, rendering the overall production process carbon negative.
- Carbon-negative energy carriers (sustainable fuels) for use in existing high-efficiency low-emission automotive applications.
- Utilise Fischer-Tropsch process to produce commodity chemical compounds.
- Techno-economic assessment carried out for a wide range of plant capacities and macro/micro economic and technical factors.
- Established supply chain of ready-to-deliver individual component technology providers .
- Low-cost arid landscapes identified as an optimal location for technology deployment.
A patent is held by cmcl innovations at the UK patent office – filing No. 1118696.2.