Wood-to-Fuel for California's Transportation Sector using Autothermal Pyrolysis - REVISED


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Energy Commission
Document Title
Wood-to-Fuel for California's Transportation Sector using Autothermal Pyrolysis - REVISED
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption

Document Description
The purpose of this project is to adapt an innovative autothermal (AT-PI) pyrolysis technology used to convert corn stover to bio-oil, to instead use wood residues and scale this technology up to a commercially relevant size using a modular approach. This research will include the installation of a modular unit at Sierra Pacific Industries existing facility where on-site biomass will be used in a pilot scale system to produce bio-oil and validate the operation of the unit.

Contact Information
Mei Chang
California Energy Commission
Lead/Public Agency
1516 Ninth Street, MS-48
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone : (916) 327-2216

Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC
Project Applicant


El Dorado
El Dorado
Other Location Info
2000 Wetsel-Oviatt Road, El Dorado, 95762-5720

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Cal. Code Regs., tit 14, § 15301 -- Cal. Code Regs., tit 14, § 15303
Reasons for Exemption
This project includes (1) developing a complete engineering and design package for a 50 tons-per-day autothermal pyrolysis Modular Energy Production System; and, (2) manufacturing the modules for the system and preparing them for shipment and installation at the site. The system will be designed in a modular fashion, consisting of approximately 4 trailer sized modules. The equipment constructed off-site and installed temporarily at an existing facility; none of the equipment will remain on site after the conclusion of the operational period, and the site will be returned to its prior use. See NOE for full details.


Notice of Exemption
2020080332_Wood-to-Fuel for California's Transportation Sector using Autothermal Pyrolysis   PDF 273 K

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