New Catalyst Reduces Wasted Carbon in Biofuel Process, Lowers Cost

Research output: NRELFact Sheet


Researchers at NREL recently developed a catalyst formulation that incorporates more hydrogen into the DME-to-high-octane gasoline process, resulting in a higher yield to gasoline-range products. Further, the researchers developed a secondary process that efficiently couples a portion of the gasoline-range product to yield jet/diesel fuels. The modified catalyst doubles the conversion rate of DME, which can be produced from biomass, to the high-octane gasoline product and significantly decreases the formation of wasted byproducts. For the distillate-range product, 80% of the mixture is in line with ASTM standards for use as a jet fuel blendstock. The increased productivity of high-octane gasoline and the development of a value-added distillate blendstock process further improve the economic viability toward commercially implementing this renewable fuels process.
Original languageAmerican English
StatePublished - 2016

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/FS-5100-65850


  • bioenergy
  • biofuels
  • dimethyl ether
  • DME
  • jet fuel
  • methanol


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