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ARA and Chevron Lummus Global (CLG) developed their process based on ARA's patented Catalytic Hydrothermolysis process and CLG's market-leading hydro-processing technology. The process converts any non-edible oil directly into renewable, aromatic, drop-in fuels known as ReadiJet® and ReadiDiesel®. These fuels are ready to use, without blending, in turbine and diesel engines.
On October 29, 2012, the National Research Council Canada flight-tested ReadiJet® using their Falcon 20 aircraft in the world's first ever 100 percent drop-in renewable jet fuel flight. The flight demonstrated more than 50 percent reduction in particle emissions while obtaining a 1.5 percent reduction in specific fuel consumption compared to petroleum-derived jet fuel. ReadiJet® gives more miles per gallon than petroleum based fuel and a lot more miles per gallon than other renewable fuels. This means longer range for aircraft flying with ReadiJet®.
The Biofuels ISOCONVERSION™ process can use waste such as yellow grease from rendering facilities, used cooking oil, and brown grease recovered from grease traps as feedstocks.
In addition to being compatible with current turbine and diesel engines, ReadiJet® and ReadiDiesel® do not have to be segregated from their petroleum counterparts. These fuels can utilize existing petroleum infrastructure without the need to build additional, costly infrastructure for blending, transportation, and storage.
ARA and CLG are currently engineering the first commercial-scale refinery for its licensee, UrbanX Renewables Group. The multi-phase 5,000 barrel-per-day refinery will be located in Southern California and will produce renewable diesel, jet, and naphtha from ultra-low carbon intensity waste oil feedstocks.
"We are now a few steps closer to our goal of commercial scale production of 100 percent drop-in diesel and jet fuel from waste oils at prices competitive with their petroleum counterparts," said Red.
The USDA Commodity Credit Corp. has announced funding is available to pay a biofuel production incentive (BPI) under the Farm-to-Fleet program to companies producing drop-in biofuels from certain feedstocks.
A notice published in the Federal Register explains the USDA Farm Service Agency will use CCC funds to pay a per-gallon incentive for JP-5 and F-76 blended biofuels produced from eligible feedstocks and delivered to the U.S. Department of Navy. The BPI payment rate will range from 8.335 cents to 25 cents per blended gallon of biofuel, depending on the blend rate. Payments will not be based on which eligible feedstock is used to produce the biofuel. The notice also states that total BPI payment will be determined by multiplying the payment rate by the number of gallons of qualifying biofuel blend delivered under a Defense Logistics Agency Energy contract.
According to the CCC, up to $50 million is expected to be available for the incentive program through fiscal year 2018. The USDA does not expect funding to be a constraint through fiscal year 2018. The department, however, indicated it would consider requesting additional funds be made available for BPI payments if demand is in excess of $50 million.