Gilbert, Arizona – Centia, an advanced biofuels conversion technology being developed by North Carolina State University (NCSU), has been awarded a US$200,000 development grant from the Biofuels Center of North Carolina. The process can take any renewable oil input source, including oils derived from crops, algae, animal fats or waste grease, and produce fuels that can be replaced one-for-one for gasoline, diesel and petroleum-based jet fuel.
The Centia fuels can be stored, distributed and operated in engines in an identical manner to fossil fuels today. The process was developed by NCSU in 2006 and has been licensed exclusively to Diversified Energy Corporation.
During the twelve-month grant, NCSU will build on previous test results by demonstrating the end-to-end production of biofuels from a variety of feedstock sources, including crop oils, animal fats and possibly algal oils. The biofuels will then be tested in a four-cylinder gasoline engine, a single-cylinder diesel engine, and a jet turbine engine.
“The university has been working in earnest to transition this technology from the laboratory to the commercial market,” said Dr. William Roberts, professor of mechanical and aeronautical engineering at NCSU. “We’ve had a number of technical breakthroughs within the last year, and this funding provides us with an excellent start towards commercialization. With oil at $120 (per) barrel, we think technologies like Centia that can produce fungible replacements for fossil fuels from a variety of inputs will be in very high demand.”