Commercial production of renewable fuel is a reality
Largest producer of renewable diesel in the U.S. – Diamond Green Diesel
Diamond Green Diesel started production in 2013 using Ecofining™ technology to produce Honeywell Green Diesel™. With nearly two years of successful commercial operation, Diamond Green Diesel proved the Ecofining process meets all expectations, and the process has produced strong financial returns for JV partners, Valero and Darling.
Diamond Green Diesel Facts:
- Output: Approximately 10,000 bpsd (500,000 tpa)
- Feedstocks: A mix of non-edible vegetable oils and animal fats
- Location: Louisiana; located next to a petroleum refinery to leverage existing assets and minimize capital cost
- Joint Venture Partners:
- Darling: A world leader in production of specialty ingredients from animal origin for applications in the food, feed and fuel industries
- Valero: The largest independent petroleum refiner and marketer in North America with extensive refinery operations, retail and fuel distribution
Eni S.p.A., Italy’s largest refiner, starts up first Ecofining process unit outside North America to produce commercial-scale renewable diesel
Italy’s largest energy company, Eni S.p.A., is using its Ecofining™ process technology to produce renewable diesel at its Venice refinery, making it the first commercial-scale application of the technology outside North America. Eni retrofitted existing equipment at its facility, which had been used to produce diesel from petroleum, so that it can produce renewable diesel from biofeedstocks. The project will be completed in two phases. The first phase, which is now operating, has a processing capacity of 400,000 metric tons annually (MTA). The second phase, expected in 2016, will have a processing capacity of 560,000 MTA.
AltAir Fuels to operate the first full-scale plant dedicated to producing renewable diesel and jet fuel for commercial and military use
Starting in 2015, AltAir Fuels will produce low-carbon, renewable jet fuel and other renewable products using UOP’s Renewable Jet Fuel Process, with the flexibility to adjust the product mix between diesel and jet fuel to meet market demands. United Airlines will purchase 15 million gallons of this fuel over a three-year period, with the option to purchase more. The AltAir facility, a retrofit of an existing petroleum refinery in Paramount, California, will be the first refinery in the world designed to continuously produce both renewable jet and diesel fuels.