ARA ships 100% drop-in biofuels for Navy certification

February 14, 2016 |

In Florida, ARA completed the delivery of over 150,000 gallons of 100% drop-in jet and diesel fuel to fulfill its DLA/US Navy certification fuel contract, two months ahead of schedule. For the first time ever, renewable jet and diesel fuels that meet petroleum fuel specifications without blending will be certified for use as 100% drop-in fuels. The renewable jet and diesel fuels were produced with ARA’s and Chevron Lummus Global’s Biofuels ISOCONVERSION process which takes any kind of fat, oil, and grease, from yellow and brown grease to tallow to distiller corn oil to plant oil, and converts it into 100% drop in fuels.

The Biofuels ISOCONVERSION (BIC) process converts any renewable oil feed stock into high yields of 100% drop-in, pure hydrocarbon fuels and renewable chemicals.

ARA and Chevron Lummus Global (CLG) have developed the Biofuels ISOCONVERSION (BIC) process based on ARA’s patented, novel Catalytic Hydrothermolysis (CH) process and CLG’s market-leading hydroprocessing technology. With a CAPEX of $1 per annual production gallon and OPEX similar to petroleum refining costs, the BIC process efficiently converts renewable fats, oils, and greases from animals, plants, or algae into Renewable, Aromatic, Drop-in(Readi) fuels known as ReadiJet  (JP-5, JP-8 and Jet A) and ReadiDiesel (ASTM D 975 and F-76 Naval Distillate) and renewable chemicals. ReadiJet and ReadiDiesel fuels are ready to use, without blending with petroleum, in turbine and diesel engines designed to operate on petroleum-based fuels.

Biofuels ISOCONVERSION initially converts the fats, oils, and greases into an unsaturated “renewable barrel of crude” that contains the same molecular makeup and distribution of petroleum crude including paraffins, isoparaffins, cycloparaffins, and aromatic molecules as well as C3-C16 olefins and organic acids, except we have no sulfur. Typically we hydrotreat the entire crude, but there is a potential for separating desirable renewable olefins and organic acids prior to the hydrotreating step. Post hydrotreating, our crude can then be fractionated into finished fuels that meet petroleum specs without blending. Any product that can be made from petroleum crude can be made from our renewable crude. Need renewable alkyl aromatics, renewable paraffins, renewable olefins? We’ve got them. Want more renewable aromatics, more renewable olefins in your product? We can tailor our operating conditions to maximize the renewable molecules that you are looking for. Contact us to find out how we can help with your renewable needs!

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