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Partners Developing Gas-to-Liquids Technology

Partners Developing Gas-to-Liquids Technology

Rentech Inc. of Denver signed an exclusive agreement with Phoenix Gas Systems LLC (PGS) of Long Beach, CA, to develop a modular system to produce liquid hydrocarbons from gas and other carbon-bearing materials. Rentech developed a process to convert gas, solid, and liquid carbon-bearing materials into super-clean, high-value fuels, products and chemicals. Products include sulfur-free, aromatic free diesel fuel (Ecodiesel), naphtha and waxes. The process is known as the Fischer-Tropsch (FT) process or Gas-to-Liquids (GTL). The naphtha and diesel fuel produced are ideal fuels for the "advanced fuel cell" concept currently being developed for use in transport and utility vehicles.

PGS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hydrogen Burner Technology (HBT) also of Long Beach. PGS holds the worldwide license the Under-oxidized Burner technology developed by HBT in industrial applications. The technology converts natural gas and other hydrocarbon-bearing feedstocks into synthesis gas. Synthesis gas is the necessary component for all Fischer-Tropsch (FT) processes including the Rentech Process technology. The combining of a PGS/UOB syngas generator with Rentech's FT technology could provide customers with modular systems capable of producing up to 1,000 barrels/d of FT fuels.

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