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
Agency Name
California Energy Commission
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Agency Name
Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC
Contact Types
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.


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