Last week, KiOR announced that it shipped its first cellulosic diesel from its commercial facility in Columbus, Mississippi. The diesel was made from pine wood chips by KiOR's Biomass Fluid Catalytic Cracking (BFCC) technology. This modified pyrolysis reaction features a unique catalyst to conver...
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Two years after deciding to convert the Rodeo Refinery into the world's largest renewable diesel facility, Phillips 66 is doubling down to build another 800-million gallon/year facility by 2024: Instead of processing crude oil, the converted facility will use waste oils, fats, greases, and vegetable oils to produce renewable diesel, gasoline, and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), reducing lifecycle carbon emissions by 65%. The USD 850 million investment will support the construction of pretreatment units and the retrofit of hydrocracking units. Driven by growing demand for renewable fuels, especially SAF with offtakers like Southwest Airlines and United Airlines, repurposing existing refineries will be an increasingly attractive option.
Develops a catalytic process that converts oil-based feedstocks into drop-in fuel products, dubbed the ISOCONVERSION process; feedstocks targeted include vegetable oils, waste fats, oils, and greases (FOGs), and algae oil; product output includes renewable diesel, sustainable aviation fuel, and biobased naphtha
Tolerates a wide range of low-quality oil-based feedstocks; process has a total reaction time of approximately five minutes, with the reaction occurring between 400 ºC and 500 ºC and between 50 psi and 150 psi, with a total liquid volume yield of 93% mixed products and 7% glycerin
Claims production costs of USD 2.60/gallon to USD 2.70/gallon and approximately USD 1/gallon of installed capacity for capital cost
In 2019, the company announced plans for a 34-million gallon/y commercial facility in Iowa, U.S.
Clients should monitor the progress of its first commercial facility but prioritize hydroprocessed esters and fatty acids (HEFA) companies for near-term deployment of sustainable aviation fuel
Develops gasification technology for the conversion of carbonaceous feedstock into syngas; near-term focus is on MSW, plastic waste, and lignocellulosic feedstock
Operates a 10-MG/y methanol and/or ethanol facility in Edmonton, Canada, since 2015
Developing three commercial projects for methanol and drop-in fuels in the Netherlands, Spain, and Canada
Raised approximately USD 915 million since inception; recently announced a USD 685 million commercial project for biofuels production in Montreal, Canada, and a USD 255 million round from Repsol, among others
Partnerships with Nouryon, Nova Chemicals, Port of Rotterdam, Suez, Shell, Suncor Energy, and Repsol, among others
Clients interested in renewable syngas for downstream fuels and chemicals production should engage with Enerkem for project development opportunities, as the company's gasification technology is validated at scale