USPTO issues patent to GreatPoint Energy for 'biomass compositions for catalytic gasification'; patent filed on Feb. 27, 2009

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia , February 18, 2014 () – United States Patent no. 8,652,222, issued on Feb. 18, was assigned to GreatPoint Energy Inc. (Cambridge, Mass.).

"Biomass compositions for catalytic gasification" was invented by Pattabhi K. Raman (Long Grove, Ill.), Edwin J. Hippo (Round Lake, Ill.) and Nelson Yee (Brooklyn, Ohio).

According to the abstract* released by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office: "Particulate compositions are described comprising an intimate mixture of a biomass, such as switchgrass or hybrid poplar, a non-biomass carbonaceous material, such as petroleum coke or coal, and a gasification catalyst, where the gasification catalyst is loaded onto at least one of the biomass or non-biomass for gasification in the presence of steam to yield a plurality of gases including methane and at least one or more of hydrogen, carbon monoxide, and other higher hydrocarbons are formed. Processes are also provided for the preparation of the particulate compositions and converting the particulate composition into a plurality of gaseous products."

The patent was filed on Feb. 27, 2009, under Application No. 12/395,447.

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