Genifuel Corporation licensed and subsequently enhanced a technology called hydrothermal processing (HTL) that has been under development at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for over thirty years. Genifuel engaged Merrick & Company to design a pilot scale version of the technology on behalf of Reliance Industries of India. Merrick executed the entire design from front end engineering through detailed design. The system was fabricated by Springs Fabrication, followed by commissioning led by Merrick with assistance from Genifuel and Reliance.
The system was tested at oil production rates between 1,000 and 2,000 liters per day, which is a much higher throughput than any previous demonstration of the technology and exhibits its scalability. Merrick recently completed the commissioning and the system has been shipped and delivered for installation at Reliance’s large, algae growth facility in Gagva, India. Jim Oyler, Genifuel's CEO, describes the system below:
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