LCF Silver Member: REG
Renewable Hydrocarbon Diesel 
supplier in Ascension Parish

 

 

 

LCF Bronze Member:
St. Landry Parish

Landfill Gas / Bio CNG

Bio Fuels

Biofuels..Domestically Produced and Completely Natural! 



Biofuel is an energy source made from living things, or  made form the waste that living things produce. The use of biofuels could significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions; while burning the fuels produces carbon dioxide, growing the plants or biomass removes carbon diozide from the atmosphere. 

Biofuels can come from a variety of sources and can be roughly divided into four categories or "generations:"

  • First generation biofuels are made from sugars, starches, oil, and animal fats that are converted into fuel. These fuels include biodiesel, bioalcohols, ethanol, and biogasses, like methane captured from landfill decomposition.
  • Second generation biofuels are composed from non-food crops or agricultural waste.  For example, from things like switch-grass, willow, or wood chips.
  • Third generation biofuels are made from algae or from other quickly growing biomass sources.
  • Fourth generation biofuels are made from specially engineered plants or biomass that may have higher energy yields or lower barriers to cellulosic breakdown or are able to be grown on non-agricultural land or bodies of water.

Listed below are popular forms of first-generation biofuels: 

Biodiesel is domestically produced, and can be made from vegetable oils,  animal fats, or recycled restaurant grease. It is a clean-burning replacement for petroleum diesel fuel and is nontoxic and biodegradable. Biodiesel can be used in its pure form or blended at any ratio with petroleum diesel to achieve cost efficiency. 

Renewable Diesel (via www.nbb.org)
No discussion of process technology would be complete without also addressing renewable diesel, which has emerged as a competitive technology to ester-based biodiesel. Renewable diesel is produced by hydrotreating and isomerizing vegetable oils and fats, followed by distillation to recover fuel gas, naptha and diesel fractions. The technology can also be adapted to produce renewable jet fuel. The technology is capable of using a wide variety of feedstock with elevated FFA levels, but requires extensive pretreatment to prevent trace metals in the feedstock from deactivating the hydotreating catalysts. The diesel fuel fraction produced by hydrotreating has high renewable content, and is virtually identical to traditional petroleum diesel, with no vehicle manufacturer restrictions on high blends or cold weather blending issues. Capital costs for renewable diesel facilities are significantly higher than traditional biodiesel processes, with renewable diesel plants typically being large to take advantage of economies of scale. The largest renewable diesel plant in the U.S., Diamond Green Diesel, was completed in 2013 and uses UOP Honeywell technology. Diamond Green Diesel recently announced an expansion from 160 to 275 MMgy. REG purchased the former 75 MMgy Dynamic Fuels renewable diesel plant in 2015. Several smaller facilities in the 3 to 30 MMgy range are also nearing commercial production. Many eyes are watching these projects to see how they fare in the marketplace, and what success could mean for ester-based biodiesel going forward.

The wild markets of the past several years have weeded out a significant number of business models and technologies unable to make it through the leaner times. The technology required to process alternative feedstock has become more mature, with plants now much more efficient and producing higher-quality products and coproducts. The industry today is more competitive and producing more low carbon fuel than ever, and with RFS biomass-based diesel volumes continuing to trend upward, the increased use of less-expensive and low-carbon feedstock of all types will continue. (via: BIODIESEL MAGAZINE: Alternative Feedstock & Process Technology Overview Posted January 11, 2017 by Will Smith)

Fast Fact: Did you know that Louisiana produces 10% of our nation's biodiesel?

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