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Current efforts on the project are designed to maximize diesel fuel yields for a variety of feedstocks of commercial interest and to establish corresponding reliable, reproducible mass and energy balances. Auxiliary tasks include alternative feedstock assessment, alternative product development, system simplification and automation, gasification and liquefaction catalyst development, environmental assessment, and scale-up to a 10 ton/day facility. The primary purpose of the larger scale facility is to produce a sufficient amount of product for applications testing and to minimize the risk to a commercial scale. With the present status of the process, a profitable scale would require about 300 ton/day of feedstock. This number is expected to decrease with further improvements in the process that are currently in progress in the research

laboratories. The ultimate goal is a portable unit that could be moved to appropriate biomass sites.