Syngas Upgrading to Hydrocarbon Fuels Technology Pathway

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


This technology pathway case investigates the upgrading of woody biomass derived synthesis gas (syngas) to hydrocarbon biofuels. While this specific discussion focuses on the conversion of syngas via a methanol intermediate to hydrocarbon blendstocks, there are a number of alternative conversion routes for production of hydrocarbons through a wide array of intermediates from syngas. Future workwill also consider the variations to this pathway to determine the most economically viable and lowest risk conversion route. Technical barriers and key research needs have been identified that should be pursued for the syngas-to-hydrocarbon pathway to be competitive with petroleum-derived gasoline-, diesel- and jet-range hydrocarbon blendstocks.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2013

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-5100-58052

Other Report Number

  • PNNL-22323


  • biomass conversion technologies
  • biomass derived synthesis gas (syngas)
  • Biomass Technologies Office
  • hydrocarbon fuels
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


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