TBD America, Inc.

Gas-to-Liquids 

Natural Gas Consulting
Our GTL expertise
helps clients meet their near-term
technical challenges and long-term development
strategies to succeed in today's world of rising fuel costs.

  


 

Pure technology. Pure understanding. Pure direction 

We work closely with the investment community to vet and assess a wide range of energy-from-waste projects. We have the front-line experience and an international network of partners to assist clients develop and commercialize economically viable gas-to-liquids opportunities. We ensure our clients capture the maximum benefits and values.

We have the knowledge base to separate fact from fiction.

Our expertise

Generating energy-from-waste is not a business to be taken lightly. The conversion process, which consists of a number of complex chemical steps, serves a much needed civic function that at the end of the day should produce carbon-neutral energy in the form of electrons or hydrocarbon fuels.

Processes are new, advanced and in many cases proprietary. Translating patents to operations is far from trivial. The chemistry, thermodynamics and equipment are complex. Efficient process that balance mass and energy are sophisticated and expensive. Demonstration systems may not equate to a viable commercial opportunity.

Our knowledge base

A gas-to-liquids (GTL) refinery produces ultra-clean, low sulphur, low aromatic synthettic hydrocarbon fuels and high value products converted from natural methane-rich gas and condensates using unique GTL Fisher-Tropsch technology.

Many in the industry consider GTL as the “holy grail” of gas technology. The promise of converting otherwise wasted or underutilized natural gas resources into valuable commodities that can command a premium price due to their purity is tantalizing. Any excitement must be tempered with the reality that processes promoted today require extremely cheap input gas, consume 40% or more of the original energy content of gas in the process, and, in many cases, are unproven on a large commercial scale.

Researchers have strived to find a way to efficiently convert natural gas directly to usable liquid fuel via gas-to-liquids (GTL) processes since German scientists Fischer and Tropsch successfully converted coal to liquid fuel in the 1920s. Though large sums of money and effort have been invested in improving GTL technology, converting methane to longer chained hydrocarbon compounds remains an energy-intensive process. As a result, the number of commercial-sized GTL plants remains limited. The prospect of producing tailor-made liquid fuel without any of the impurities associated with crude oil-derived fuels continues to be a competitive pursuit for most of the major international energy players.