Modular Plant Solutions (MPS), a global engineering firm specializing in process modularization and project implementation, announced its contract to support Arbor Renewable Gas in the construction of the first-of-its-kind modularized green gasoline plant. The Spindletop Plant, located in Beaumont, Texas, will convert woody biomass in the form of pre-commercial thinning and forest residue into market-ready, “drop-in,” negative carbon green gasoline, helping meet the growing demand for low-carbon intensity fuels.
MPS will not only provide its MeOH-To-Go® (Methanol-To-Go®) modular plant for the project, but it will also project manage the engineering and technology partners for the entire plant, from procurement and construction to operation. MPS’ modularization process and patent-pending ISO frame-based modular design for the plant will streamline the transportation of plant components, making it easier to assemble and minimizing construction issues.
“Being part of the production of this innovative modular green gasoline plant is a pivotal moment for the future of renewable fuel in the U.S. and for our company, especially as world events are putting a spotlight on fuel supplies,” said Russell Hillenburg, president, and co-founder of MPS. “The way we’ve designed our Methanol-To-Go® modular plant allows customers to modify the feedstock for methanol production based on the resources they have on hand.”
The Arbor Renewable Gas plant components include front-end gasification technology using woody biomass as a feedstock, followed by MPS’ MeOH-To-Go® plant to convert syngas to methanol using Haldor Topsoe’s methanol synthesis technology. The last stage of production employs Haldor Topsoe’s TIGAS™ gasoline synthesis technology, resulting in an output of “drop-in” renewable biofuel that meets the stringent quality specifications for California fuels, as well as the Low Carbon Fuel Standard, adopted by states such as California, with Oregon, the European Union and British Columbia following similar standards.
“We are excited to be working with the team at MPS to bring our vision to life: producing cost-effective, safe, and reliably sourced woody biomass-to-renewable gasoline,” said Timothy Vail, President, and CEO of Arbor Renewable Gas. “In the future, MPS’ plants, expertise, and modularization design approach will allow Arbor to expand our operations and bring more renewable gasoline plants online on a cost and schedule effective basis.”
Because MeOH-To-Go® was designed to allow for a variety of front-end feedstock options and technology processes, as well as back-end add-on technology processes, customers can change inputs and outputs to achieve various goals depending on their needs. The plant for Arbor Renewable Gas’ Spindletop project will use woody biomass as feedstock, converted via gasification to synthesis gas. Other feedstock options for MeOH-To-Go® plants include various compositions of syngas or natural gas that are converted to AA grade methanol, a basic building block in the production of several chemical derivatives.
MPS has two other plant options in the design phase: DME-To-Go®, an add-on option for MeOH-To-Go® plants to produce Dimethyl Ether (DME), a clean-burning alternative diesel fuel, as well as Gasoline-To-Go™, a small-scale modular plant to produce 88 Octane gasoline.
Modular Plant Solutions (MPS) is a global engineering firm specializing in process modularization and project implementation based in Friendswood, Texas, outside Houston. The company’s patent-pending modularized structural system is designed for customers seeking cost-effective, easily transportable, scalable solutions for plant design — that can be shipped and assembled anywhere in the world. The company’s flagship product, MeOH-To-Go® (Methanol-To-Go®), enables users to produce their own methanol output from various natural gas sources and/or syngas. Customers can also customize inputs and outputs of MeOH-To-Go® depending on what they have or need with a variety of front-end and back-end technology and process options. MPS’ highly-skilled team has nearly 550 years of combined experience in construction, engineering, fabrication, and operations, and brings hands-on experience to deliver best-in-class plant solutions. Find out more at modularplantsolutions.com and on LinkedIn.
Arbor Gas’ mission is to build and own a portfolio of cost-effective, safe, and reliably sourced woody biomass for renewable gasoline and green hydrogen plants around the world. With an initial focus on the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast, Arbor Gas brings a unique blend of intellectual capital, technology, financing, and project execution skills to successfully advance its vision of a clean, low carbon transportation fuel utilizing existing infrastructure and vehicles.
Haldor Topsoe is a global leader in the supply of catalysts, technology, and services to the chemical and refining industries. Topsoe aims to be the global leader in carbon emission reduction technologies by 2024. By perfecting chemistry for a better world, we enable our customers to succeed in the transition toward renewable energy. Topsoe is headquartered in Denmark and serves customers around the globe. In 2020, our revenue was approximately DKK 6.2 billion, and we employ around 2,200 employees. www.topsoe.com
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